Andrew Jackson Downing: Essential Texts

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jun 18, 2012 - Architecture - 400 pages
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A collection of essential writings by the father of landscape architecture and the urban park movement in the United States.

Andrew Jackson Downing (1815–1852), a much-sought-after designer, influential writer, and editor of The Horticulturist, was an internationally known shaper of opinion. Robert Twombly has selected thirty-three essays on Architecture and Building, Landscape Gardening, Parks and Other Public Places, Village Beautification, Horticulture, and Agricultural Education, and provides an introduction to Downing’s life and work and suggestions for further reading.
 

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Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
9
Architect and Gardener to the Republic
15
Remarks on the Fitness of the Different Styles
45
Hints on the Construction of FarmHouses
54
On Country Houses 1846
71
Hints to Persons about Building in the Country
77
On the Color of Country Houses 1847
104
On the Moral Influence of Good Houses
115
Trees in Towns and Villages 1847
249
On Planting Shade Trees 1847
259
On the Improvement of Country Villages 1849
265
Our Country Villages 1850
273
Some Remarks on Temperature Considered
287
Notices on the State and Progress of Horticulture
303
Great Horticultural Society of the Valley of
323
of Fruit 1847
327

A Few Words on Our Progress in Building
121
A Short Chapter on Country Churches 1851
133
1851
189
A Chapter on School Houses 1848
196
Illustrations
203
PARKS AND OTHER PUBLIC PLACES
211
The National Ignorance of the Agricultural Interest
353
A Chapter on Agricultural Schools 1849
359
Address on Agricultural Education 1851
368
For Further Reading
383
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About the author (2012)

Robert Twombly teaches at the Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College, New York City. He lives in West Nyack, New York.

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