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Americans in Paris: Foundations of America's Architectural Gilded Age

Americans in Paris: Foundations of America's Architectural Gilded Age

By Jean Paul Carlhian and Margot M. Ellis

A lavishly produced volume documenting the work and history of American architecture students at the influential École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. The École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, renowned as one of the great art and architecture schools, is the namesake and founding location of the Beaux-Arts architectural movement. Known for demanding classwork and setting the highest standards, the École attracted students from around the world, including the United States, where students returned to design buildings that would influence the history of architecture in America, including the Boston Public Library of 1888–95 (Charles McKim of McKim, Mead & White) and the New York Public Library of 1897–1911 (John Carrère of Carrère and Hastings). This book presents a comprehensive overview of the seminal early work of a century of American architects who studied at the famous school before going on to design and build many of the nation’s most important buildings and monuments.

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Gardens for a Beautiful America, 1895-1935. Photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston

Gardens for a Beautiful America, 1895-1935. Photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston

By Sam Watters

Drawing from a rare archive in the collection of the Library of Congress, this book presents 250 reproductions of hand-colored glass lantern slides, not seen for over 70 years. Gardens for a Beautiful America presents Frances Benjamin Johnston front and center in the Garden Beautiful movement, as a Progressive Era advocate and artist working with garden clubs and horticultural societies to green tenement lots, parks, and row house yards devastated by Gilded Age pollution and neglect.

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Fences, Gates and Garden Houses: A Book of Designs with Measured Drawings

Fences, Gates and Garden Houses: A Book of Designs with Measured Drawings

By Carl F. Schmidt

Including a wealth of measured drawings and photographs, this volume depicts wood fences, gates, and small garden houses of New England. Several of these elegantly detailed constructions were built between the Revolutionary War and 1825, and many of them no longer exist. Restorationists and preservationists will find this collection a valuable resource.

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Tuscan Architecture: The Renaissance Masterpieces

Tuscan Architecture: The Renaissance Masterpieces

By Auguste Grandjean de Montigny and A. Famin

This splendid 1806 survey of Renaissance Tuscany’s great buildings features 109 engraved plates. Each of 18 sections focuses on a particular structure, depicting facades, floor plans, elevations, and other details. Featured buildings include such popular tourists destinations as Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio and Pitti Palace, plus regional masterpieces from Pisa, Arezzo, Siena, and elsewhere.

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Secrets of Good Design for Artists, Artisans and Crafters

Secrets of Good Design for Artists, Artisans and Crafters

By Burl N. Osburn

Practical and aesthetically pleasing, this meditation on the constituents of good design considers all manner of construction, form, and ornamentation. It answers many questions about design choices, from basic to specific, with clear, condensed, and practical directions. Its appeal lies chiefly in the integrity of its own design, consisting of hand-lettered text and pleasingly styled and proportioned illustrations.

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The Secrets of Architectural Composition

The Secrets of Architectural Composition

By Nathaniel Cortland Curtis

This classic survey addresses principles as well as practical applications of scale, balance, proportion, and symmetry. It presents detailed treatments of doors, windows, walls, stairways, columns, and other features. Nearly 250 line drawings by the author illustrate architectural elements from a splendid variety of periods and settings.

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The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation

The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation

By Steven W. Semes

Steven Semes’ book makes a case for preservation and new traditional architecture. Semes argues that new buildings should pay deference to and respect their surroundings as to create harmonious compositions. New traditional architecture practices recover traditional methods and historical language to redefine contemporary design. The book calls in to question current methods of preservation and conservation, and asks what this movement might be like in the future. Semes is an associate professor and director of the Rome program at the University of Notre Dame’s architecture school. Additionally, he has practiced architecture for over thirty years and has written several books on classical architecture.

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Edwin Howland Blashfield: Master American Muralist

Edwin Howland Blashfield: Master American Muralist

By Mina Rieur Weiner (Editor)

Edwin Howland Blashfield (1848–1936) rose to prominence as a muralist during the “American Renaissance,” the period between the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and the United States’ entry into World War I. Blashfield’s monumental work can be viewed in courthouses, state capitols, churches, universities, museums, and other places across the United States. New scholarship highlights Blashfield’s contributions to the beauty of civic spaces and his lasting influence on public art in America.

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The Study of Architectural Design

The Study of Architectural Design

By John F. Harbeson, with a new Introduction by John Blatteau and Sandra Tatman

The only text in English that describes, step by step, the system of architectural education developed in France and commonly known as the Beaux-Arts method as it was adapted and refined to suit the structure and demands of American schools of architecture. Until the late 1940s this system was used to train every architect in America. Students and practitioners can now recover the classic course of study for use today, from the making of the initial sketch, through development, to the rendering of the project for presentation to clients.

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The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

By Henry Hope Reed and Francis Morrone

This informative second edition examination of America’s finest public monuments—and the masterpiece of its architects, Carrère and Hastings—this centennial edition underscores the close relation between architecture and decorative painting and sculpture. The volume features superb photographs by Anne Day and the illustrated glossary is an essential resource for the student of classical design.

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Letarouilly on Renaissance Rome

Letarouilly on Renaissance Rome

By John Barrington Bayley

Drawn from five large volumes published between 1825 and 1882, this student’s edition showcases the architectural splendor of Renaissance Rome for a new generation. Paul Letarouilly’s original work constitutes the standard reference, presenting the most complete collection of plans, elevations, and details of great buildings and monuments designed by Michelangelo, Peruzzi, Vignola, Bernini, and many others.

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Get Your House Right

Get Your House Right

By Marianne Cusato and Ben Pentreath with Richard Sammons and Leon Krier

Destined to become a valuable reference for builders, contractors, homeowners, and homebuyers, this comprehensive guide describes the essential elements of a house, how they work together, and how to use them appropriately. It also shows how to avoid common mistakes during the design and construction process. Nearly 1,000 meticulous line drawings illustrate errors to avoid and correct approaches to use when designing the components of a house. It’s also a rich source of inspiration and pleasure for armchair architects, design enthusiasts, and everyone who appreciates a beautiful building.

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Building Details

Building Details

By Frank M. Snyder

Between the years 1906–1914, New York architect Frank M. Snyder published Building Details, a serial produced in twelve parts over eight years. This new edition features 120 plates of architectural details showing the work of many of America’s foremost practitioners working in the earlier part of the last century. The accompanying CD contains printable versions of the plates. The reprint volume includes a new Introduction by ICAA Members Peter Pennoyer and Anne Walker.

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Antiquities of Athens

Antiquities of Athens

By James Stuart & Nicholas Revett

James ‘Athenian’ Stuart and Nicholas Revett’s monumental Antiquities of Athens was the first accurate survey of ancient Greek architecture ever completed. Based on precise measured drawings done between 1751 and 1754, these books set a new standard for archaeological investigation in the 18th century. They transformed our understanding of Greek architecture and by pointing up differences between Greek and Roman examples fundamentally challenged prevailing notions about a universal classical ideal, and fueled the Greek Revival movement that dominated British, European, and American architecture and design for over a century. This new edition includes all plates from the original masterwork.

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