William L. Price: Arts and Crafts to Modern Design

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Princeton Architectural Press, Mar 1, 2000 - Architecture - 362 pages
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Architect George Howe thought there were three pioneers of American architecture: Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and William L. Price. Although history has borne out Howe's observation on Sullivan and Wright, Will Price still awaits discovery.

Architect George Howe thought there were three pioneers of American architecture: Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and William L. Price. Although history has borne out Howe's observation on Sullivan and Wright, Will Price still awaits discovery.

Price, a disciple of Frank Furness who practiced in Philadelphia from 1833 to 1916, established the architectural character of the two of the nation's greatest resorts, Atlantic City and Miami, thus shaping the architecture of the Roaring Twenties. Although his biggest and best-known projects, the Art Deco Traymore Hotel in Atlantic City and the Chicago Freight Terminal, are both destroyed, his arts and crafts utopian community in Arden, Delaware survive to attest to the vigor of his ideas and the leadership he exerted.

Price left a legacy of exquisite houses, railway stations, and commercial structures stretching from Atlantic City to Chicago and from Canada to Florida taht were widely emulated and reacall the best works of Frank Lloyd Wright and Greene & Greene. In addition, Price was accomplished writer and furniture designer whose work was regularly featured in Gustav Stickley's The Craftsman.

Price's role in shaping American architecture in uncovered in this lavishingly illustrated volume, which documents the architects complete works—including over 350 hotels, houses, and pieces of furniture—bringing to light this unknown American master.

  

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Regrettably, Philadelphian Price has largely eluded the attention of critics and historians. Thomas, who developed this book from a dissertation, ably corrects the oversight. Early in Price's career ... Read full review

Contents

On the Brink of the Twentieth Century
1
Nationality Ethnic Continuity and Christian Civilization
31
Prices Utopian Visions
75
Architecture as the Utterance of the Living
115
Epilogue
175
Color Plates
183
Catalogue
199
The Arts and Crafts Furniture of William L Price Robert Edwards
319
Is American Art Captive to the Dead Past? William L Price
331
Modern Architecture William L Price
335
Chronology of the Works and Projects of William L Price
347
Bibliography of William L Price
356
Index
357
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George E. Thomas teaches urban studies and historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the author of Frank Furness: The Compete Works.

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