Accents as Well as Broad Effects: Writings on Architecture, Landscape, and the Environment, 1876-1925

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University of California Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Architecture - 367 pages
Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer (1851-1934) is highly regarded among architectural historians for her 1888 biography of the nineteenth-century architect Henry Hobson Richardson. Less well known are her writings on architecture, decorative art, gardening, and landscape design, works that provide a rare view of cities and rural environments in turn-of-the-century America. Now David Gebhard brings Van Rensselaer's significant writings together in one volume, including a chapter from the 1925 edition of Art Out-of-Doors: Hints on Good Taste in Gardening.
An established critic in environmental and literary circles, Van Rensselaer wrote for the general public in such journals as the Century Magazine and for a specialized audience of landscape architects in Garden and Forest. She was a long-time contributor to The American Architect and Building News, the first architectural journal in the United States. She is an engaging and accessible writer, and her articles on Frederick Law Olmsted and the Boston Public Library won great praise. Although the only woman in a field that was male-dominated at the time, Van Rensselaer was, curiously enough, opposed to women's suffrage.
David Gebhard provides an excellent introduction to this unusual woman and to her place in American architectural criticism. Van Rensselaer's writings are still of interest today, not only for her broad environmental approach, but also for her ability to relate abstract concepts to examples of harmonious design. Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer (1851-1934) is highly regarded among architectural historians for her 1888 biography of the nineteenth-century architect Henry Hobson Richardson. Less well known are her writings on architecture, decorative art, gardening, and landscape design, works that provide a rare view of cities and rural environments in turn-of-the-century America. Now David Gebhard brings Van Rensselaer's significant writings together in one volume, including a chapter from the 1925 edition of Art Out-of-Doors: Hints on Good Taste in Gardening.
An established critic in environmental and literary circles, Van Rensselaer wrote for the general public in such journals as the Century Magazine and for a specialized audience of landscape architects in Garden and Forest. She was a long-time contributor to The American Architect and Building News, the first architectural journal in the United States. She is an engaging and accessible writer, and her articles on Frederick Law Olmsted and the Boston Public Library won great praise. Although the only woman in a field that was male-dominated at the time, Van Rensselaer was, curiously enough, opposed to women's suffrage.
David Gebhard provides an excellent introduction to this unusual woman and to her place in American architectural criticism. Van Rensselaer's writings are still of interest today, not only for her broad environmental approach, but also for her ability to relate abstract concepts to examples of harmonious design.
 

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Contents

Architecture as a Profession 1887
31
Client and Architect 1890
40
Architectural Fitness 1891
49
Color in Rural Buildings 1892
59
The Artistic Triumph of the FairBuilders 1892
68
The Madison Square Garden 1894
82
Eleventh Annual Exhibition of the Architectural
105
RECENT ARCHITECTURE IN AMERICA 188486
123
landscape architecture and the environment
279
A Definition 1888
281
Frederick Law Olmsted 1893
284
Proposed Plan for Madison Square New York City 1896
300
Japanese Gardening 1889
304
The Protection of RoadSides 1893
310
Changes 1925
313
Early Autumn near Cape Cod 1892
330

Public Buildings 1
125
Public Buildings 2
149
Commercial Buildings
164
Churches
179
City Dwellings 1
200
City Dwellings 2
213
American Country Dwellings 1
223
American Country Dwellings 2
243
American Country Dwellings 3
260
Wood Roads on Cape Cod 1892
335
The Good Work of an Improvement Association at Narragansett Pier 1895 3 3 8
338
A Glimpse of Nantucket 1888
341
Newport 1 1888
346
Newport 2 1888
351
Bibliography
355
Index
363
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About the author (1996)

Until his recent death, David Gebhard was Professor of the History of Art and Architecture and Curator of the Architectural Drawing Collection at the University Art Museum, both at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He authored numerous books, including Romanza: The California Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright (1988) and Los Angeles in the Thirties (1989).

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