American Architects and Their Books, 1840-1915, Books 1840-1915

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Kenneth Hafertepe, James F. O'Gorman
Univ of Massachusetts Press, 2007 - Architecture - 303 pages
Since the Renaissance, architects have been authors and architecture has been the subject of publications. Architectural forms and theories are spread not just by buildings, but by the distribution of images and descriptions fed through the printing press. The study of an architect's library is an essential avenue to understanding that architect's intentions and judging his or her achievements. In this well-illustrated volume, a chronological sequel to American Architects and Their Books to 1848, twelve distinguished historians of architecture discuss from various points of view the books that inspired architects both famous and not-so-famous, and the books the architects themselves produced. They examine the multifaceted relationship of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century architects to print culture - the literary works that architects collected, used, argued over, wrote, illustrated, designed, printed, were inspired by, cribbed from, educated clients with, advertised their services through, designed libraries for, or just plain enjoyed. The result is a volume that presents the intersection of the history of architecture, the history of ideas, and the history of the book. architectural profession, as revealed in these well-informed scholarly essays. In addition to the editors, contributors include Jhennifer A. Amundson, Edward R. Bosley, Ted Cavanagh, Elspeth Cowell, Elaine Harrington, Michael J. Lewis, Anne E. Mallek, Daniel D. Reiff, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., and Chris Szczesny-Adams. Among the architects discussed are A. J. Downing, Charles Sumner Greene, James Sims, Samuel Sloan, John Calvin Stevens, Thomas U. Walter, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
 

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Contents

Downings Readings and Readings of Downing
1
Oliver Smith Housewright and Itinerant Architect
31
Vast Avenues to Knowledge Thomas Ustick Walters Books
63
Samuel Sloan Pattern Books and the Question of Professional Identity
95
At the Core of His Career Enoch A Curtis and Architectural Books
129
Edward Townsend Mix Books and the Professional Architect in NineteenthCentury Milwaukee
149
The Architectural Library of Henry A Sims
173
Either in Books or Architecture Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue in the Nineties
195
John Calvin Stevens Architectural Library
215
Books and Libraries in Frank Lloyd Wrights Oak Park Days
231
Wright and Melvilles Chimney
257
Exotic and Aesthetic The Library of Charles Summer Greene
265
Contributors
289
Index
293
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