Fleur-de-lys Studios

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Fleur-de-Lys Studios
Fleur-de-Lys Studios.jpg
Front elevation, 2008
Fleur-de-lys Studios is located in Rhode Island
Fleur-de-lys Studios
Location 7 Thomas St., Providence, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°49′40″N 71°24′33″W / 41.82778°N 71.40917°W / 41.82778; -71.40917Coordinates: 41°49′40″N 71°24′33″W / 41.82778°N 71.40917°W / 41.82778; -71.40917
Built 1885
Architect Edmund Russell Willson, et al.
Architectural style Tudor Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 92001886
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 5, 1992[1]
Designated NHL October 5, 1992[2]

Fleur-de-Lys Studios, also known as Fleur-de-Lis Studios or Sydney Burleigh Studio, is a site in Rhode Island built in 1885.

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1992.[2][3]

In popular culture[edit]

Horror writer H. P. Lovecraft made the Fleur-de-Lys building the residence of his character Henry Anthony Wilcox, a young artist and sculptor, in his famous tale "The Call of Cthulhu." Bertrand K. Hart, then literary editor of the Providence Journal and author of a regular column, "The Sideshow", read the story in an anthology, T. Everett Harre's Beware After Dark! (1929) and was astounded to find that Wilcox's residence (7 Thomas Street) was the same as the address where he had once resided. Feigning to offense, he vowed in his column of November 30, 1929, to send a ghost to Lovecraft's home at 3 a.m. to scare him; Lovecraft promptly wrote the poem "The Messenger" at 3 a.m. that night. Hart published the poem in his column of December 3.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Fleur-de-lys Studios". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  3. ^ National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Fleur-de-Lys Studios PDF (32 KB). National Park Service. , 19.  and Accompanying photos, exterior and interior, from 19. PDF (32 KB)
  4. ^ Joshi, S. T.; Schultz, David E. (2001). An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. pp. 29–30, 104. 

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