Cass Gilbert, Life and Work: Architect of the Public Domain

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Barbara S. Christen, Steven Flanders
W. W. Norton & Company, 2001 - Architecture - 320 pages
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This volume examines Gilbert's work in five unique categories: the building of a national practice, an evaluation of his Minnesota State Capitol as "a defining moment" in American civic architecture, his New York career, his response to civic ideals in his plans for towns and universities, and his work in the public domain.
  

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Contents

PREFACE BY STEVEN FLANDERS
9
INTRODUCTION BY ROBERT A M STERN
15
A NATIONAL PRACTICE BUILT FROM THE NORTHWEST
25
Architectural Education and Minnesota Career Patricia Anne Murphy
27
Residential and Ecclesiastical Work from the St Paul Office Thomas R Blanck and Charles Locks
46
The Politics of Public Architecture Geoffrey Blodgett
62
The Aesthetics of an Eclectic Architect Mary Beth Betts
73
A DEFINING MOMENT IN AMERICAN CIVIC ARCHITECTURE
85
MONUMENTALITY IN NEW YORK
135
The Woolworth Building and the Creation of the New York Skyline Gail Fenske
137
The Woolworth Building and American AvantGarde Photography and Film Mary N Woods
149
The United States Army Supply Base Sharon Irish
163
Proposals for New Haven and Waterbury Connecticut Barbara S Christen
177
Vision and Ambition Lawrence W Speck
192
The Grand Collaboration Geoffrey Blodgett
206
Cass Gilbert and Charles Reilly Joseph SharpIes
220

Thinking Internationally Designing Locally Thomas OSullivan
87
The Civilization of the West Sally Webster
100
High Culture by the Square Foot Bailey Van Hook
113
The Restoration and Preservation of Minnesotas Showplace Carolyn Kompelien
125
GILBERT AND THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
233
POSTSCRIPT BY DENNIS JACOBS
289
CONTRIBUTORS
311
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About the author (2001)

Barbara S. Christen is an architectural historian who specializes in the history of Cass Gilbert's architectural work and the history of campus and preservation planning. In recent years, she has served as technical advisor for the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP) Campus Heritage Discovery Project, examining the campus heritage projects funded between 2002 and 2007 by the Getty Foundation (www.campusheritage.org). She has also led the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Historic Campus Architecture Project, which created an inventory of historic campus architecture and landscape design regarding 2100 cultural heritage sites at nearly 400 campuses of independent colleges and universities across the United States (www.cic.edu/hcap). She received her Ph.D. in art and architectural history from the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Steven Flanders, a consultant in court administration, lives in Pelham, New York.

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