American Architecture 1607-1976

By: Marcus Whiffen,Frederick Koeper

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This panoramic survey of American architecture will serve a variety of readers interested in American architectural, cultural, and social history as a source of information and insight on the development of the man-made landscape in the United States.The book--illustrated with nearly 300 halftones and over 50 line drawings--provides a long perspective on the social and environmental factors that shaped American building and delineates both the assimilation of European influences (from Lord Baltimore's London-imported row houses to the work of Mies van der Rohe) and the growth of native innovations (from the climate-adapted houses of New England to the close-to-the-land prairie houses of Frank Lloyd Wright).Marcus Whiffen wrote the first eight chapters of the book, covering the period from the Jamestown settlement of 1607 to the year 1860; Frederick Koeper then carries the history from the Civil War period to the present in the final eight chapters.Some highlights: A comparison of early Southern and New England domestic architectural arrangements--The introduction of the Spanish style into the Southwest, a style that had already superseded Old-World models through its Mexican transmutation--The influence of Wren and his contemporaries on the churches and mansions along the Eastern Seaboard--The seminal work of Peter Harrison--The vogue of Palladianism--The eclectic architectural practice of Thomas Jefferson--The buildings of Bulfinch in Boston and elsewhere--The contributions of such immigrants as Charles L'Enfant, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, and William Thornton to the nation's new capital and Capitol--The Greek revival and the Gothic, Romanesque, and Picturesque reactions to it--The appearance of the Second Empire in New York--High Victorian architecture as a reflection of Ruskinian high-mindedness--The emergence of H. H. Richardson and Richard Morris Hunt--The rise of the skyscraper--The Beaux-Arts period and the return to classical discipline and order--Frank Lloyd Wright and "the elimination of the box"--Art Deco and Streamline Moderne--The impact of European modernism from the 1930s--Reactions against the International Style: Expressionism and Neo-Expressionism, the Neo-Formalism (also known as Neo-neo-Classicism), Brutalism--The new emphasis on geometry in the 1970s as seen in recent Chicago skyscrapers and the work of I. M. Pei and Louis Kahn--Signposts of future possibilities.

Title: American Architecture 1607-1976

Author Name: Marcus Whiffen,Frederick Koeper

Categories: Architecture,

Publisher: The MIT Press: April 1981

ISBN Number: 0262231050

ISBN Number 13: 9780262231053

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Used - VeryGood

Seller ID: 246663