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American Architecture (World of Art) (edition 1985)
American Architecture by David P. Handlin
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0500202001, Paperback)America has always presented a unique challenge to architects: should they emulate the Old World or respond to the demands of the New? Professor Hand in tells the complex story with lucidity and insight. Almost from its seventeenth-century beginnings, American architecture was subject to two apparently contradictory processes: the practical and the grandiose. The first comes through in the vernacular buildings of rural America, Bulfinch's fine civic buildings, and the domestic tradition that lies behind the houses of the Greene Brothers and Frank Lloyd Wright. The second is seen in the unprecedented daring of the Chicago school; in the majestic state capitals and public buildings by firms such as McKim, Mead & White; in the luxury of Fifth Avenue apartments; and in the exuberance of commercial Manhattan.
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This is a lucid and lively account of American architecture since the settlement of the New World in the 17th century. It includes details of recent developments - virtual architecture, the revival of historical styles, the thirst for striking originality and a new interest in the local.
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