A History of American Architecture: Buildings in Their Cultural and Technological Context

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Manchester University Press, 2001 - Architecture - 346 pages
Why did the colonial Americans give over a significant part of their homes to a grand staircase? Why did the Victorians drape their buildings ornate decoration? And why did American buildings grow so tall in the last decades of the 19th century. This book explores the history of American architecture from prehistoric times to the present, explaining why characteristic architectural forms arose at particular times and in particular places.
 

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Gelernter (Univ. of Colorado, Denver) adds to the constellation of concise histories of American architecture while trying to refrain "from a traditional form of architectural writing that stressed ... Read full review

Contents

Cultures transformed and transplanted 15001650
35
Colonial culture 16501763
65
4
97
Culture realigned 182065
130
Enterprise and turmoil 186585
166
The age of diversity 18851915
199
Between the world wars
230
Modern culture
260
Postmodern culture 197398
293
Glossary
319
Bibliography and further reading
330
Index
338
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