Haunted Houses: An H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour

Haunted Houses: An H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour

Sarah Rainwater
Oct 23, 2009

A few days ago we wrote about a gorgeous contemporary home on Providence's College Hill, but the neighborhood is also where some of the city's most interesting historic buildings can be found, including many that served as settings for noted 20th century horror writer H.P. Lovecraft's stories.

Lovecraft was born and raised on College Hill where he spent most of his life until he died in 1937, and much of the area's architecture found its way into his chilling fiction. The Arts and Crafts Fleur-de-Lys Artist Studios (pictured above) — by far one of the city's most intriguing (and creepiest) buildings — was described by Lovecraft in his well-known story, "The Call of Cthulhu."

Visit hplovecraft.com to follow a comprehensive walking tour of the neighborhood which includes Lovecraft's residences, haunts and memorials and is sure to inspire horror and architecture fans alike. Included in the tour is the Providence Athenaeum, a historic library (with a fantastic interior) that was visited by Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe and includes rare works by both writers.

(Images: top, Daniel Case; bottom, Infrogmation)

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