Cast-iron Architecture in America: The Significance of James Bogardus

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 1, 1998 - Architecture - 272 pages
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The first book on Bogardus's life and work, Cast-Iron Architecture in America describes how iron architecture remade the face of American cities in the mid-nineteenth century, following the appearance of cast iron on the industrial scene in eighteenth-century England and Europe. It documents the role played by Bogardus, who patented his method for cast-iron construction in 1850 and championed its use in America's growing cities. Cast iron fell out of favor, supplanted by the steel frame; cast-iron buildings languished, decayed, and fell to the bulldozers of urban renewal in the 1950s and '60s. Only in recent decades has nineteenth-century urban architecture, including cast iron, come to be fully appreciated, and the surviving buildings rescued, restored, and reused. Four by Bogardus are recognized as landmarks.
  

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Contents

TWO JAMES BOGARDUS MECHANICINVENTOR 18001846
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THREE INVENTING CASTIRON ARCHITECTURE 18471850
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FOUR BUILDER IN CAST IRON 18501851
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FIVE THE ERA OF THE CRYSTAL PALACE 18521853
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SIX THE HARPER BUILDINGS
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SEVEN CASTIRON ARCHITECTURE COMES OF AGE
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NINE MAN OF PROGRESS 18591862
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TEN THE FINAL DECADE
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About the author (1998)

Margot Gayle, a nationally known authority on cast-iron architecture, lives in New York City.

Gayle has taught history for thirty years at Lake Forest College, where she is Director of Community Education and Associate Director of the College's Graduate Program in Liberal Studies.

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