The Architectural Guidebook to New York City

The Architectural Guidebook to New York City

by Francis Morrone, James Iska
     
 

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Covering some 600 buildings in Manhattan and Brooklyn, this guide offers maps and descriptions of prominent and interesting structures. The author's own architectural judgments are often included. The relative lack of illustration (small black and white photographs of a minority of the buildings are included) suggest that the guide is meant to serve as a walking tour… See more details below

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Covering some 600 buildings in Manhattan and Brooklyn, this guide offers maps and descriptions of prominent and interesting structures. The author's own architectural judgments are often included. The relative lack of illustration (small black and white photographs of a minority of the buildings are included) suggest that the guide is meant to serve as a walking tour guide where the reader can compare commentary to the actual buildings of the two New York boroughs. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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A thoroughly informed touring guide to some 600 Manhattan buildings in the context of their architectural, historical, and cultural settings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879058418
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
422
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.45(h) x 1.07(d)

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Introduction

When I told people I was writing an architectural guidebook to New York City, the inevitable response was "How will it differ from the AIA Guide?" This was a good question and easy to answer. The first edition of Norval White's and Elliot Willensky's AIA Guide to New York City, the guide with the imprimatur of the American Institute of Architects, came out in 1967. Updated editions arrived in 1978, 1988, and 2000. It is a dense, encyclopedic guide packed with information, insight, and wit. Of its kind, I doubt there is a better guide in the world. But its kind is that primarily of a reference book, albeit one that is inordinately pleasurable to read. It is a starting point for more-interpretive guidebooks. I readily admit that I would not even have considered writing my book if I did not have the AIA Guide close at hand.

In 1979, Paul Goldberger, then architectural critic for the New York Times, came out with The City Observed: New York, a leisurely, opinionated, interpretive guide covering only a fraction of the buildings in the AIA Guide. He never conceived of his book as an alternative to the AIA Guide, but rather as a supplement to it. The fact that City Observed remained in print for many years without being updated demonstrates the need for such a book. It seemed to me the time was ripe for a new, up-to-date guide along the lines of Goldberger's book, and rather than continuing to wait for Goldberger to update City Observed, I decided to write my own book.

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