American City: St. Louis Architecture: Three Centuries of Design

American City: St. Louis Architecture: Three Centuries of Design

by Robert Sharoff
     
 
-Showcases 50 of St. Louis' most important structures ranging from nineteenth century masterpieces to groundbreaking designs in the Modern style -One of the most architecturally impressive cities in the United States American City: St. Louis Architecture is the first large-format book on the city's architecture since the 1920s and includes over 100 new color

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-Showcases 50 of St. Louis' most important structures ranging from nineteenth century masterpieces to groundbreaking designs in the Modern style -One of the most architecturally impressive cities in the United States American City: St. Louis Architecture is the first large-format book on the city's architecture since the 1920s and includes over 100 new color photos and text for 50 of the city's most important structures. These range from such nineteenth century masterpieces as Louis Sullivan's Wainwright Building, Alfred Mullet's Old Post Office and Theodore Link's Union Station to Eero Saarinen's Gateway Arch, Tadao Andao's Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts Building and Maya Lin's recently completed Ellen Clark Hope Plaza. An introductory essay provides biographical and historical information on the city's rich architectural heritage in an accessible, non-academic style.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A beautiful book that captures the extraordinary richness and variety of the architecture of this gracious old Midwestern city. Many of the greatest names in American architecture – Louis Sullivan Henry Richardson, Cass Gilbert – are represented here. The buildings – as captured by William Zbaren’s lush photographs – are remarkable while Robert Sharoff’s insightful commentary is both fascinating and ultimately very moving in its celebration of Classic American design.” – Richard H. Driehaus, founder, Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture

“The American City series is an ambitious – and long overdue – attempt to chronicle some of the greatest architecture this country has produced. The historic buildings of St. Louis – beautifully photographed and researched by the authors – are a revelation and a pleasure to behold.” – John Vinci, architect and co-author of The Complete Architecture of Adler & Sullivan

Library Journal
This book is the second in Sharoff and Zbaren's "American City" series, following American City: Detroit Architecture, 1845–2005. The author and photographer duo have chosen their favorite 50 buildings or structures to profile. Sharoff's introduction is a brisk history of St. Louis, seen through its construction heritage and prominent architects. Each selection is presented, with several color photographs and brief descriptions, in chronological sequence. Many fine neoclassical examples represent the late 19th century, when the onetime French trading post and steamboat port could style itself "Paris on the Mississippi." Readers learn one of the world's first skyscrapers, Louis Sullivan's Wainwright Building, is still in use after a struggle to preserve it. The St. Louis Art Museum and Flight Cage aviary remain valued legacies of the 1904 World's Fair. Eero Saarinen's iconic Gateway Arch was erected as part of a major postwar redevelopment of the riverfront. VERDICT An accessible survey, of interest to all readers in greater St. Louis and to anyone who follows the architecture of the region.—David R. Conn, Surrey Libs., B.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781864704297
Publisher:
Images Publishing Dist Ac
Publication date:
01/10/2011
Series:
American City Series
Pages:
134
Product dimensions:
11.20(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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