American Architect and Architecture Volume 94

American Architect and Architecture Volume 94

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...of new to insure the town against any future conflagrations. SEPTEMBER 30, 1908 PRIMITIVE HOMES, BY Cnnnu-."5 ma KAY................... 105 RECENT LEGAL DECISIONS................................. Ill CnttsEA's BUILDING Laws RIC-IDLY ENFORCI-ID............. 111 EDITORIAL Comm: -: u'r...................................... irz General Tendency of Foreigners to Censure Our Architecturc. ROBABLY one of the cheapest, and at the same time surest, means in the world for a notoriety-loving foreigner to attract attention to himself when arriving in this country is to issue a statement, if the press will lend itself to the scheme, deploring the lack of art and architecture in the new world. The plan has been a bit overworked, it is true, and is becoming a trifle threadbare in consequence, but it still appears wonderfully efficacious under ordinary circum_stances, and with a little judgment and the co-operation which seems to be easily available should serve its purpose for years to come. If the traveler is alert and ambitiously resolved to make the most of his opportunities as indicated by the achievements of others who have traveled here before him, his criticism begins with an observation concerning the skyline presented to the approaching visitor by New York's tall buildings. This is denounced at once as little less than hideous. Next follows a comparison of our buildings themselves with those of foreign cities, and, needless to say, our buildings sufier greatly by the comparison. After having dwelt with some force and at considerable length upon our shortcomings in the matter of architecture. attention is called to our undeveloped parks, lack of civic centers, and scarcity of art objects, all before the distinguished guest has becn...show more

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  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 644g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236861175
  • 9781236861177