Architects to the Nation

Architects to the Nation : The Rise and Decline of the Supervising Architect's Office

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This unique and carefully researched study traces the evolution and accomplishments of the Office of the Supervising Architect of the United States - the office that from 1852 until 1939 held a virtual monopoly over federal building design. Among its more memorable buildings are the Italianate U.S. Mint in Carson City, the huge granite pile of the State, War, and Navy Building in Washington, D.C., the towering U.S. Post Office in Nashville, New York City's neo-Renaissance customhouse, and such "restorations" as the ancient adobe Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe. In tracing the evolution of the Office and its creative output, Antoinette J. Lee evokes the nation's considerable efforts to achieve an appropriate civic architecture.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 183.9 x 258.6 x 22.6mm | 1,124.67g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • halftones throughout
  • 0195128222
  • 9780195128222

Table of contents

Preface ; Acknowledgments ; Introduction ; 1. Prelude ; 2. No Blueprint for the New Nation, 1789-1851 ; 3. THe Bureau of Construction and the Corps of Engineers, 1852-1865 ; 4. Alfred B. Mullett, 1866-1874 ; 5. The Supervising Architect's Office in the Gilded Age, 1875-1896 ; 6. The Tarsney Act, Its Passage and Postponement in Implementation, 1893-1939 ; 7. Proponents of "Academic Classicism," 1895-1925 ; 8. The Public Buildings Program in Eras of Affluence and Depression, 1926-1939 ; Epilogue
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meticulously researched * JSAH, vol. 60, no.2 * The contents bring to the fore a rich and engaging story of public works about which only a handful of specialists have known more than a few basic attributes. Drawing from federal archives, agency and congressional reports, and architectural journals of the period, she develops a detailed and definitive history. * JSAH, vol. 60, no.2 * Lee has created an unusual and important volume that both adds a new perspective to the practice of architecture and underscores the vagarious dimensions that practice can acquire in service to the state. * JSAH, vol. 60, no.2 * By writing this valuable book, Lee not only encourages inquiry into the realms of practice and patronage, she gives us a sense of the rich legacy of public buildings that still beg for scholarly attention. * JSAH, vol. 60, no.2 *
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