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Inventing the Skyline: The Architecture of Cass Gilbert

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Beschreibung

Beschreibung

Cass Gilbert's pioneering buildings injected vitality into skyscraper design, and his "Gothic skyscraper," epitomized by the Woolworth Building, profoundly influenced architects during the first decades of the twentieth century. Now, as the New-York Historical Society mounts a major exhibit documenting his architectural career, the full breadth of Gilbert's achievements is visible in one lavishly illustrated volume.
Architect of the Broadway Chambers Building, the US Custom House, the Minnesota State Capitol, the St. Louis Art Museum, and large-scale projects like the city plan for New Haven, Connecticut, Gilbert is most famous for his skyscrapers -- "symbols of our national genius and unrestraint" -- monuments of the Beaux Arts "City Beautiful" aesthetic he embraced throughout his career.
Containing essays by major Gilbert scholars, Inventing the Skyline documents fascinating details about the buildings: the color scheme of the main entrance of the Minnesota State Capitol, made to resemble the Byzantine tomb of Galla Placidia in Ravenna; the controversy that erupted over the use of female nudes on the relief of the Essex County Courthouse; and the ill-fated plans for the George Washington Bridge as a Beaux Arts monument with elaborate plazas, fountains, and sculptures.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Foreword, by Betsy GotbaumPreface, by Margaret HeilbrunBiographical Time LineIntroduction, by Hugh Hardy1. Cass Gilbert in Practice, 1882--1934, by Sharon Irish2. From Sketch to Architecture: Drawings in the Cass Gilbert Office, by Mary Beth Betts3. Cass Gilbert: Twelve Projects, by Mary Beth Betts4. The Architect as Planner: Cass Gilbert's Responses to Historic Open Space, by Barbara S. Christen5. Cass Gilbert's Skyscrapers in New York: The Twentieth-Century City and the Urban Picturesque, by Gail FenskeContributors

Portrait

Edited by Margaret Heilbrun

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A visually rich book that reproduces numerous photographs, drawings, and plans from the Gilbert archive and presents them together with five scholarly essays by Gilbert authorities...Each of these essays draws richly on material from the archive, is well-documented, and provides real insights into Gilbert's work...for the sobriety of its essays, and even more for its lavish reproductions of plans and drawings, Inventing the Skyline is a necessary addition to any shelf of books on American architecture. -- Francis Morrone The New Criterion
EAN: 9780231118736
ISBN: 0231118732
Untertitel: Empfohlen ab 22 Jahre. Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: COLUMBIA UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2004
Seitenanzahl: 312 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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