Frank Furness

Frank Furness : The Complete Works

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Frank Furness was a prolific American architect of the 19th century. An apprentice in the atelier of Richard Morris Hunt, Furness in turn became a mentor for Louis Sullivan, who brought Furness's distinctive style to the Midwest. Furness permeated Philadelphia architecture, ultimately shaping the present "Philadelphia School" centred around Louis Kahn and Robert Venturi. This volume is an exhaustive monograph on Furness's work. More than 640 projects are presented through over 600 photographs and drawings.

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 215.9 x 274.32 x 27.94mm | 1,202.01g
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • 14 colour illustrations, 627 b&w illustrations
  • 1568980949
  • 9781568980942
  • 1,503,869

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The courage and confidence Furness brought to his architecture are palpable in this examplary tribute, especially through Robert Venturi's moving introduction and in four essays by George.E. Thomas....The best work ever done on this vigorous libertarian. Martin Filler, "New York Times Book Review" This is a wonderful book because Frank Furness was a wonderful architect. Yet, surprisingly, many people still don't know the work of this American Gothic Revivalist who left his stamp all over Philadelphia. Julian Holder, "Architects' Journal"

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Frank Furness was the most unique and prolific American architect of the nineteenth century. Apprenticed in the atelier of Richard Morris Hunt and inspired by the values of his father's friend, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Furness derived architectural form from the representation of purpose and turned architecture away from history toward the forces of the present. This encyclopedic book is the first complete monograph of Furness's work. More than 670 projects are presented through 700 photographs and drawings. Critical essays by George Thomas link Furness to Emersonian naturalism and to the political reform movement in Philadelphia that supported his independent stylistic direction; Jeffrey Cohen explores the personal style and motives of the architect; and Michael Lewis assesses local and national criticism of Furness and the changing perception of style-based history. An introduction by Robert Venturi offers a personal appreciation of the work of this remarkable architect.

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