Architecture and Planning of Graham, Anderson, Probst and White, 1912-1936: Transforming Tradition

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 15, 1992 - Architecture - 325 pages
Fascinated by change, architectural historians of the modernist generation generally filled their studies with accounts of new developments and innovations. In her book, Sally A. Kitt Chappell focuses instead on the subtler but more pervasive change that took place in the mainstream of American architecture in the period. Graham, Anderson, Probst and White, one of the leading American firms of the turn of the century, transformed traditional canons and made creative adaptations of standard forms to solve some of the largest architectural problems of their times—in railroad stations, civic monuments, banks, offices, and department stores. Chappell's study shows how this firm exemplified the changing urban hierarchy of the American city in the early twentieth century. Their work emerges here as both an index and a reflection of the changing urban values of the twentieth century.

Interpreting buildings as cultural artifacts as well as architectural monuments, Chappell illuminates broader aspects of American history, such as the role of public-private collaboration in city making, the image of women reflected in the specially created feminine world of the department store, the emergence of the idea of an urban group in the heyday of soaringly individual skyscrapers, and the new importance of electricity in the social order. It is Chappell's contention that what people cherish and preserve says more about them than what they discard in favor of the new. Working from this premise, she considers the values conserved by architects under the pressures of ever changing demands. Her work enlarges the scope of inquiry to include ordinary buildings as well as major monuments, thus offering a view of American architecture of the period at once more intimate and more substantial than any seen until now.
Richly illustrated with photographs and plans, this volume also includes handsome details of such first-rate works as the Thirtieth Street Station in Philadelphia, the Cleveland Terminal Group, and the Wrigley Building in Chicago.
 

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Contents

A Catalogue Raisonne
83
Conway Building elevator lobby
101
Equitable Building arcade
107
Charles A Stevens Building Chicago 111
113
Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company
119
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Dallas Tex
134
Pennsylvania Railroad Office Building Philadelphia Hughes Bryant Building Kansas City Mo 1929
207
Koppers Building Pittsburgh Pa 192729 208 Burlington Station Omaha Nebr 1930
237
Field Building Chicago 111 192934 215 Hotel Mayflower Akron Ohio 193031
246
The Legacy of Daniel
259
PART FOUR Commission Register 191236
285
Civic Opera Building Twenty Wacker Drive United States Post Office Chicago 111 1914
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Sally A. Kitt Chappell, professor emerita in the Department of Art at DePaul University, is the author of "Architecture and Planning of Graham, Anderson, Probst, and White, 1912-1936," also published by the University of Chicago Press, and a contributor to the Travel section of the "New York Times,

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