A History of American Architecture: Buildings in Their Cultural and Technological Context

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Manchester University Press, 2001 - Architecture - 346 pages
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Why did the colonial Americans give over a significant part of their homes to a grand staircase? Why did the Victorians drape their buildings ornate decoration? And why did American buildings grow so tall in the last decades of the 19th century. This book explores the history of American architecture from prehistoric times to the present, explaining why characteristic architectural forms arose at particular times and in particular places.
  

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A history of American architecture: buildings in their cultural and technological context

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Gelernter (Univ. of Colorado, Denver) adds to the constellation of concise histories of American architecture while trying to refrain "from a traditional form of architectural writing that stressed ... Read full review

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In the same vein as Carter Wiseman's Shaping a Nation and Scully's earlier contribution to the genre, this is also a good synopsis of the development of architecture in the US. Perhaps the cover photo wasn't the best choice? Read full review

Contents

First civilizations 12000 bcad 1500 I
36
Colonial culture 16501763
60
The age of revolution 17631820
89
Culture realigned 182065 I3
130
Enterprise and turmoil 1cy585 166
The age of diversity 18851915 190
Between the world wars 191545 230
Modern culture 194573
Postmodern culture 197398 293
Glossary 319
Bibliography and further reading 330
Index 338
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