A national bestseller, Brunelleschi's Dome recounts how one genius bent men, materials, and the very forces of nature to engineer the impossible--the construction of a dome over the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in 1418. An ALA Notable Book of the Year. Illustrations & halftones throughout.
An architect for the Santa Fe Railway and the Fred Harvey Company, Colter laid the groundwork for female architects who followed. Seven of her remarkable structures are preserved in Grand Canyon's historic district. This is her story.
Cass Gilbert's illustrious architectural career dawned in his twentieth year, not with an American building but with a sheaf of European sketches. In 1880 he crossed the Atlantic with high hopes but only the vaguest prospect of work, either abroad or on his return. Armed with pencil, pen, and watercolor brushes, Gilbert visually raided the cities and countrysides of England, Italy, and France for their architectural wonders, their scenery, and anything else that served his fascination with the monumental and the picturesque. He returned home bitterly disappointed at not finding a position in England; but the spoils he brought back with him -- a matchless portfolio of studies and sketches -- earned him entrie into one of the foremost architectural offices in the country and served as the foundation for a long and fruitful career. It is only fitting that these earliest glimmerings of his talent, strong enough even then to win acclaim among his peers in New York and Paris, should at last be brought into the light.Cass Gilbert Abroad combines the fledgling architect's drawings and watercolor sketches from his European tour with letters he wrote home to his mother and to his closest friend and architectural confidant, Clarence Johnston.
This best-seller was met with an extraordinary response when it was published in 1998. In it, visionary architect Sarah Susanka embraced the notion of smaller, simpler shelters that better meet the needs of the way we live today. The book created a groundswell of interest among homeowners, architects, and builders. More than 200 photographs bring the spirit of the "Not So Big" house alive.
In a brilliant collaboration between writer and subject, the bestselling author of Home and City Life illuminates Frederick Law Olmsted's role as a major cultural figure and a man at the epicenter of nineteenth-century American history.
We know Olmsted through the physical legacy of his stunning landscapes -- among them, New York's Central Park, California's Stanford University campus, Boston's Back Bay Fens, Illinois's Riverside community, Asheville's Biltmore Estate, and Louisville's park system. He was a landscape architect before that profession was founded, designed the first large suburban community in the United States, foresaw the need for national parks, and devised one of the country's first regional plans.
Olmsted's contemporaries knew a man of even more extraordinarily diverse talents. Born in 1822, he traveled to China on a merchant ship at the age of twenty-one. He cofounded The Nation magazine and was an early voice against slavery. He wrote books about the South and about his exploration of the Texas frontier. He managed California's largest gold mine and, during the Civil War, served as general secretary to the United States Sanitary Commission, the precursor of the Red Cross.
Olmsted was both ruthlessly pragmatic and a visionary. To create Central Park, he managed thousands of employees who moved millions of cubic yards of stone and earth and planted over 300,000 trees and shrubs. In laying it out, we determined to think of no results to be realized in less than forty years, he told his son, Rick. I have all my life been considering distant effects and always sacrificing immediate success and applause to that of the future. To this day, Olmsted's ideas about people, nature, and society are expressed across the nation -- above all, in his parks, so essential to the civilized life of our cities.
Rybczynski's passion for his subject and his understanding of Olmsted's immense complexity and accomplishments make this book a triumphant work. In A Clearing in the Distance, the story of a great nineteenth-century American becomes an intellectual adventure
"This book fills one of the many gaps in our knowledge of twentieth-century architects who were not Modernists. Lundie's more or less Traditional work is enhanced by its ferocious exploitation of rough materials, and, in the cabins especially, by what seems to be primordial Scandinavian references quite at home in the north woods of Minnesota" Vincent Scully, Sterling Professor Emeritus of the History of Art, Yale University
"Edwin Lundie was the great romantic among Minnesota architects, and this lovely book at last gives his work the recognition it so richly deserves." Larry Millett, author of Lost Twin Cities
"This book reveals Edwin Lundie to be an architect imbued with a passion for his art that few attain, let alone sustain for a lifetime. His buildings, as did those of the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, attained an instant patina. This was the product of a mind that created character and composition by means of an extraordinary attention to the craft and construction of architecture. To realize that I received my architectural education at the University of Minnesota in the late 1950s without an awareness of Mr. Lundie's presence, to say nothing of his mastery of architectural form, leaves me incredulous." William Peterson, Kohn Pederson Fox Associates PC, Architects & Planning Consultants, New York City
Throughout a fifty-year career in St. Paul, architect Edwin H. Lundie (1886-1972) designed more than three hundred projects, predominantly residences, many utilizing either Northern European or Earl American themes. His architectural designs, along with the Prairie School inventions of Purcell and Elmslie and the modernist themes of Ralph Rapson, are collectively considered the best work of Minnesota architects in the twentieth century. What set Lundie apart from his colleagues was his devotion to detail and love of fine craftsmanship.
Long overlooked as architects moved away from picturesque themes in favor of modernism, Lundie's designs are now enjoying a resurgence of attention concurrent with revived interest in postmodernism, regionalism, and a sense of place. For the first time, the significance of this unique body of work is presented in The Architecture of Edwin Lundie for architects, art historians, designers, builders, craftspeople, students, and the general public.
Author Dale Mulfinger undertook this book after a decade of studying and recording Lundie's buildings and lecturing at local, regional, and national forums. Here he brings together a foreword by David Gebhard that sets Lundie in a national context; a biographical essay by Eileen Michels; his own piece assessing Lundie's design principles; outstanding color photographs by Peter Kerze; and beautiful rendering in pencil and ink by Lundie himself. In addition, the book offers thirty profiles of individual buildings with photos, floor plans, and drawings to highlight feature demonstrating Lundie's genius.
"Sm4to, 121pgs. Full bound white paper wraps with black titling on front cover and spine. Book is solid and interior is clean and bright, replete with color images and floor plans of Edwin Lundie's houses. Corner tips have a touch wear else in excellent condition.
Louis Sullivan, student of Frank Furness and mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright, is arguably the most famous American architect of the 19th century. A pioneer of the tall office building, his theories paved the way for the emergence of the modern skyscraper. The architecture of Chicago and much of the Midwest was shaped by his style.
This is the definitive study of Frank Lloyd Wright and his work, an eloquent summation of an outstanding career that spanned nearly seventy years of American architectural history. Writing with warmth and penetrating intelligence, Henry-Russell Hitchcock, America's leading architectural expert, explores Wright's distinctive approach to the design and construction of homes, civic centers, housing projects, country clubs, and office buildings--emphasizing throughout Wright's skillful use of materials to create harmony between structure and environment.Hitchcock covers each of the major phases in Wright's first fifty years as an architect: the apprenticeship with J.L. Selsbee; the movement toward maturity with "Lieber Meister" Sullivan, and the links with Richardson, the "prairie" architecture of the early 1900s and the non-domestic work of the same period which exerted so great an influence upon the development of modern European architecture; the textile block housing and cantilevered skyscraper projects of the early '20s; the creative hiatus of the late '20s and early '30s; and the projects of the Depression years, interrupted in 1942 by World War II.More than 400 illustrations are presented in chronological order in a format Wright himself designed, revealing an endless assortment of shapes, materials and structural ornament that indicate the scope and focus of Wright's genius. Accompanying the photographs, plans, and perspectives is Hitchcock's perceptive commentary, linking each building to a particular phase in Wright's development and showing how in each case the architect forged the elements of materials, mass, space, and ornament into a powerful visual statement.Hitchcock also contributes a list of the architect's completed projects through 1941, and, in a new foreword specially prepared for this Da Capo edition, assesses Wright's major projects during the last two decades of his life.