Almost medieval

Medieval skyline

Originally uploaded by paytonc.

Providence’s small scale and ~75% intact downtown almost reminded me of Québec City at times. (A small cluster of ’20s and postwar highrises is just to the left of this frame, but notice that the church and the neoclassical Johnson & Wales building completely dominate the fore- and mid-ground.) Both are richly rewarding walks, with a largely-intact urban fabric borne of economic misfortune but today the basis for their health and strength.

For more photos from the Congress, see “this Flickr set”: .
Next year’s Congress, by contrast, will be housed in a pathbreaking Modernist tower: the PSFS Building.