B_08A Federal Hill – St. John’s Roman Catholic Church (1871) – 352 Atwells Avenue (at Sutton Street) – Looking West from Prospect Terrace – 2:17 p.m. on the Clock Tower in the Foreground
Image by California Cthulhu (Will Hart)
St. John’s Roman Catholic Church (1871) – 352 Atwells Ave – The "Free-Will Baptist Church", home of the Starry Wisdom sect in H. P. Lovecraft’s story, "The Haunter of the Dark." Demolished 04-February-1992. Looking West from Prospect Terrace – 2:17 p.m. on the Clock Tower. The 16-Story building on the left is the Sister Dominica Manor (built as Bradford House in 1966 as one of three low-income elderly housing projects by Rhode Island Housing and the city of Providence) (also known as Federal Hill Manor) at 100 Atwells Avenue.
H. P. Lovecraft’s description in "The Haunter of the Dark" still says it the best, "Of all the distant objects on Federal Hill, a certain huge, dark church most fascinated Blake. It stood out with especial distinctness at certain hours of the day, and at sunset the great tower and tapering steeple loomed blackly against the flaming sky. It seemed to rest on especially high ground; for the grimy facade, and the obliquely seen north side with sloping roof and the tops of great pointed windows, rose boldly above the tangle of surrounding ridgepoles and chimney-pots. Peculiarly grim and austere, it appeared to be built of stone, stained and weathered with the smoke and storms of a century and more. The style, so far as the glass could show, was that earliest experimental form of Gothic revival which preceded the stately Upjohn period and held over some of the outlines and proportions of the Georgian age."
Photo taken by Will Hart on 17-August-1990.