Henry Austin: In Every Variety of Architectural Style

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Wesleyan University Press, Mar 1, 2010 - Architecture - 252 pages
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Winner of the Historic New England Book Prize (2009)
Winner of the Henry-Russell Hitchcock Book Award (2010)

Henry Austin’s (1804–1891) works receive consideration in books on nineteenth-century architecture, yet no book has focused scholarly attention on his primary achievements in New Haven, Connecticut, in Portland, Maine, and elsewhere. Austin was most active during the antebellum era, designing exotic buildings that have captured the imaginations of many for decades. James F. O’Gorman deftly documents Austin’s work during the 1840s and ’50s, the time when Austin was most productive and creative, and for which a wealth of material exists. The book is organized according to various building types: domestic, ecclesiastic, public, and commercial. O’Gorman helps to clarify what buildings should be attributed to the architect and comments on the various styles that went into his eclectic designs. Henry Austin is lavishly illustrated with 132 illustrations, including 32 in full color. Three extensive appendices provide valuable information on Austin’s books, drawings, and his office.
 

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O'Gorman (ABC of Architecture) focuses mainly on the first two decades of 19th-century architect Henry Austin's career, just prior to the Civil War. Austin was born in Connecticut during Thomas ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 A Career Begins
7
2 Domestic Architecture of the 1840s and 1850s
24
3 Ecclesiastical Architecture of the 1840s and 1850s
77
4 Public and Commercial Buildings of the 1840s and 1850s
117
5 Some Later Buildings
150
Austins Books
179
The Austin Drawing Collection at Yale University
187
Austin and His Office
195
Notes
203
Index
223
About the Author
229
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JAMES F. O’GORMAN is McNeil Professor Emeritus at Wellesley College. He is chairman of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and author of numerous books, including Living Architecture: A Biography of H. H. Richardson (1996), ABC of Architecture (2000), and Connecticut Valley Vernacular (2002).

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