The Gothic Revival and American Church Architecture: An Episode in Taste, 1840-1856

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JHU Press, May 28, 1997 - Architecture - 350 pages

With meticulous research and carefully chosen illustrations, Phoebe Stanton here explores the influence of the English Gothic revival on American church architecture in the mid-nineteenth century, arguing that this fundamentally conservative movement provided a foundation for a new aesthetic. Examining the writings of the movement's leading proponents as well as a variety of important buildings, Stanton offers a comprehensive survey of the architectural principles and models that became most influential in America. She also confirms the importance of the Cambridge Camden Society, which provided the theoretical atmosphere and practical examples that helped to establish new standards of excellence in American architecture.


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The First Phase 18411847
The Second Phase 18461848
The New York Ecclesiological Society and Its Journal
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Phoebe B. Stanton is emeritus professor of art and architectural history at the Johns Hopkins University.

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