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B_12A College Hill - Roger Williams Statue (1939) and Downtown Providence from Prospect Terrace (1867) - 75 Congdon Street - Looking South-West | by CthulhuWho1 (Will Hart)
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B_12A College Hill - Roger Williams Statue (1939) and Downtown Providence from Prospect Terrace (1867) - 75 Congdon Street - Looking South-West

Roger Williams Statue (1939) and Downtown Providence - From Prospect Terrace (1867) - 75 Congdon Street. Left to right: Textron Tower (1972), First Baptist Church in America (1775), Rhode Island Hospital Trust Building (1917), One Financial Plaza (1973), Federal Building (1904-08), 50 Kennedy Plaza (1985), Bank of America Tower (1927), Post Office (1938-1940), City Hall (1878), Providence Biltmore (1922), and One Citizen's Plaza (1991).




Roger Williams, the founder of the Colony of Rhode Island died sometime between January 16th. and March 16th. of 1683. He was buried in the orchard in the rear of his homestead lot. After the passing of 177 years, and the devouring of his very bones by an apple tree root, his very few actual remains were disinterred, placed in an urn, and the urn was then placed in the tomb of a descendant in the North Burial Ground. In 1936 they were sealed within a bronze container and set into the base of the monument that was erected to his memory in 1939 on Prospect Terrace.




H. P. Lovecraft, in his, "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward," mentions the First Baptist Church twice; including the following sentence: "Then came the exquisite First Baptist Church of 1775, luxurious with its matchless Gibbs steeple, and the Georgian roofs and cupolas hovering by."




In Lovecraft's time, the Bank of America Building (or Tower), was known as the Industrial Trust Building (or Tower), and is mentioned in the following evocative sentence from Lovecraft's, "The Haunter of the Dark": "The feeling would persist long after the hill had faded into the violet, lamp-starred twilight, and the court-house floodlights and the red Industrial Trust beacon had blazed up to make the night grotesque."




City Hall is mentioned three times in H. P. Lovecraft's, "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward."




Lovecraft enjoyed spending warm afternoons reading and writing here; and he was one of the park's most frequent visitors. The view from here was also one of Lovecraft's favorites of Providence; and is beautifully described in "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward." It's easy to see why this was one of his favorite haunts; and has now become one of the favorite haunts and photo spots for his fans.


And Lovecraft might have been describing his own childhood, instead of that of the young Charles Dexter Ward, when he wrote the following as part of "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward": "The nurse used to stop and sit on the benches of Prospect Terrace to chat with policemen; and one of the child's first memories was of the great westward sea of hazy roofs and domes and steeples and far hills which he saw one winter afternoon from that great railed embankment, and violet and mystic against a fevered, apocalyptic sunset of reds and golds and purples and curious greens. The vast marble dome of the State House stood out in massive silhouette, its crowning statue haloed fantastically by a break in one of the tinted stratus clouds that barred the flaming sky."


Photo taken by Will Hart on 17-August-1990.


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Taken on August 17, 1990