Here’s a hi-res composited version of the map sheets from Plat Book of the City of Providence Rhode Island, 1918, which I’ve centered on 66 College Street, Lovecraft’s last address. 66 is set back from College St., and actually sits halfway between College St and Waterman St. S.T. Joshi says in I Am Providence that the tiny alley leading back to 66 from College St. was once called Ely’s Lane. The “Paxton” just north on Waterman was the boarding house where Lovecraft sometimes had his meals.

lovecraft-66-collegest-1918Above: (No.66 detail from Plat Book of the City of Providence Rhode Island, 1918)

Lovecraft’s desk window looked west from the upper floor, and in the other corner he had a seat looking through two paired windows (one facing west and another south). So his desk would have been looking at the back parts of the Alpha Delta Phi (Brunonian chapter) fraternity house at Brown. This appears in “The Haunter of the Dark” as: “Students in the Psi Delta house, whose upper rear windows looked into Blake’s study, noticed the blurred white face…”

14Above: Alpha Delta Phi fraternity house. You can see how the curved frontage section corresponds with the map. Lovecraft’s home out of sight directly behind the fraternity house. In the left of his view from his two west windows he would have seen the NE upper windows of the short wing at the back of the fraternity house.

The house has now been moved. Thanks to Andrew Kuchling for the photo (below) of the site of 66 College Street, as it is now. The western view from about 15 ft. above the roof of that little extension of the List Art Building (seen here) would give an approximate indication of the main view from Lovecraft’s study desk. One would need to point the camera so that the Psi Delta house windows are on the far left of the picture being taken and the roof of their little low square building is in the left quarter of the picture.

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You can see the location in relation to the road in this picture by Will Hart…

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Sadly it now appears there are trees in the way of Lovecraft’s old view, as you can see in this picture by Will Hart …

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Remote-controlled hover-copter with HD camera needed, I’d say, to hover just to the left of the top of the central bright green tree in the above photo Alternatively one of the building windows might do it. Keep in mind you’re facing west, so avoid late afternoons and sunsets or you might have difficulties with photographing straight into the sun. A clear bright winter morning might be best, when the leaves are off the trees.

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