Philadelphia Architecture

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Arcadia Publishing, 2005 - Architecture - 144 pages
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Philadelphia is a city of Colonial and ghostly architecture with narrow historic streets that open up onto vistas of bold, towering skyscrapers. It is a city of Greek Revival banks, Italian Renaissance, and Second Empire buildings, a city of Beaux-Arts hotels, Byzantine and Gothic churches, and International-style high-rises. A hybrid of gritty Chicago and pristine Boston, Philadelphia stands alone, an aristocrat in bib overalls, as a livable, intimate city of neighborhoods and luxurious townhouses, of hidden treasures and spectacular surprises. Philadelphia Architecture, a walk through Philadelphia streets past and present, highlights the richness and diversity of the city's architectural history.
 

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One of the best books on Philly architecture to hit the market. Photos are very cool. I liked the captions and the author's insights, as both his father and grandfather were Philly area architects. A bit expensive but worth it.

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Contents

Acknowledgments
8
Introduction
9
Old Philadelphia
11
Streetscapes and Houses
53
The Modern Houses and Beyond
101
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Thom Nickels is a journalist, poet, and author of eight books, including Gay and Lesbian Philadelphia and Manayunk. The lifelong Philadelphia resident is a contributing editor for the Weekly Press and is the architecture critic for Philadelphia's Metro.