American Masterworks: The Twentieth-Century House

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Throughout the twentieth century the United States has provided remarkably fertile ground for innovative residential architecture, from the Shingle Style pioneered on the East Coast in the late nineteenth century to the deconstructivist experiments in California today. Over the decades, American and international architects alike responded to this country's rising standard of living, rapidly expanding suburbs, and receptive often liberal clients - factors that encouraged the creative use of both unorthodox ...
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Overview

Throughout the twentieth century the United States has provided remarkably fertile ground for innovative residential architecture, from the Shingle Style pioneered on the East Coast in the late nineteenth century to the deconstructivist experiments in California today. Over the decades, American and international architects alike responded to this country's rising standard of living, rapidly expanding suburbs, and receptive often liberal clients - factors that encouraged the creative use of both unorthodox building materials and mass-produced components. One chapter is devoted to each of 34 houses by such luminaries as Richard Neutra, Eliel Saarinen, Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Philip Johnson, Charles Moore, Louis Kahn, and Frank Gehry. Selections of the architects' plans and finest freehand drawings complement the photographs in this history of exceptional American house design. The text by Kenneth Frampton explores each house in depth, discussing its context in the progression of American architecture, its role in the architect's oeuvre, and its broader relationship to the history of twentieth-century American cultural and artistic movements.

This stunning volume presents America's finest masterpieces of modern residential architecture, featuring 34 houses by such luminaries as Richard Neutra, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Michael Graves. Frampton explores each house in depth, discussing its place in the progression of American architecture, its role in the architect's oeuvre, and its meaning in America. 200 illustrations, 150 in color.

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This gorgeous coffee-table book by Frampton, Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University and one of the most prolific architectural historians of our day, memorializes 34 of the greatest U.S. modern residences of the 20th century. Ascetic orthodox modernism is stressed throughout, from precursors like Greene and Greene in Pasadena to contemporaries like Steven Holl in Texas. Surprisingly, there are no houses by Frank Lloyd Wright dating from his magnificent Prairie years, nor any works by Robert Venturi or Robert A.M. Stern. Designer David Larken is famous for producing some of the most beautiful books on architecture of the past ten years, including Shaker: Life Work and Art (LJ 11/15/87) and Adobe: Building and Living with Earth (LJ 7/94). A fine addition for public and specialty collections.-Peter Kaufman, Boston Architectural Ctr.
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Frampton, professor of architecture at Columbia University, has teamed up with designer David Larkin to produce a fresh, knowledgeable, and visually exciting survey of the modern house in America--the modern house, that is, as a work of art. The 34 featured houses, presented in superb color photographs, truly are gems: cool, angular, pristine, and aristocratic. One of Frampton's criteria for selection stipulated that each house "possess a certain level of complexity and poetic depth." And indeed these houses do, although their complexity becomes all but invisible as we move forward in time. Frampton begins with the Greene and Greene Gamble House, built in Pasadena in 1908, a beautifully realized synthesis of Japanese aesthetics and the American arts and crafts movement. The Japanese influence is prevalent throughout the book, while the warmth of the craft movement quickly fades. The houses become increasingly grid oriented and more open to natural light and the surrounding landscape, so it's no surprise that most are found in California. The masters include Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson (the famous Glass House), Craig Ellwood, Louis Kahn, Paul Rudolph, Michael Graves, and Frank Gehry.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780847818945
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 9/15/1995
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 11.44 (w) x 11.44 (h) x 1.16 (d)

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