Walter Burley Griffin in America
""Walter Burley Griffin in America" provides a detailed look at the work of one of the most original architects the United States has produced. This beautiful volume features nearly 200 photographs of Walter Burley Griffin's structures and landscapes, as well as a chronological catalog of standing buildings, a list of demolished works, a location guide, and a selected bibliography. The book is further enhanced by Mati Maldre's discussion of his techniques and objectives in photographing Griffin's work and Paul Kruty's essay putting Griffin forward as the third great member, after Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, of the Prairie School of architecture."
- Paperback | 192 pages
- 254 x 254.8 x 12.2mm | 895.77g
- 01 Feb 2001
- University of Illinois Press
- Baltimore, United States
"A compelling display of Griffin's work... The book is anchored by Kruty's detailed research into Griffin's life and work. Through Maldre's arresting black-and-white photography, we see an amazing series of houses and buildings that proclaim Griffin's overlooked genius... Proves Griffin's architecture to be not one of bold strokes, but subtlety; details, shadows and textures were as important as dramatic rooflines and cantilevered rooms. Griffin was a remarkable architect and powerful figure in Frank Lloyd Wright's trail-blazing Oak Park practice. Some considered him Wright's equal... A measure of the acclaim he should have found has finally come." -- Chicago Sun-Times "Distinguished photography by Maldre ... makes it clear that Griffin, a superb Prairie School architect, merits national attention. Hidden too long in Frank Lloyd Wright's still-lengthening shadow, Griffin's distinctive architectural voice rings clear in the 61 standing structures -- mostly houses in the Chicago area -- built between 1899 and 1914... The larger point of this excellent book, however, is Maldre and Kruty's demonstration that Griffin's sensibility produced an individual Prairie School language -- tight, abstracted volumes for moderately priced houses, insistent symmetries, and intriguing diagonal or hexagonal window motifs. Griffin twice produced astonishing stone-faced structures -- a library in southern Illinois, a house in Iowa -- which are among the country's most remarkable buildings." -- Choice "Maldre and Kruty get the credit for putting together the first comprehensive collection of Griffin's work in the United States." --Theodore W. Hild, Journal of Illinois History ADVANCE PRAISE "[T]he ideal introduction to Griffin." -- Jane H. Clarke, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians "A gem! The plates are a splendid photographic achievement, the essays are very valuable, and the catalog of Griffin's American work is a marvel. Nothing comparable to this book exists today." -- H. Allen Brooks, author of Prairie School Architecture: Studies from the Western Architect "Walter Burley Griffin in America combines the richly detailed photography of Mati Maldre and extensive research of Paul Kruty to provide the first complete visual record ever published of Griffin's surviving American work. The volume is accessible to the general reader and indispensable to historians and students of architecture... [A] splendid work of scholarship." -- Wisconsin Bookwatch