Architectural Guidebook to New York City: (Revised and Updated Edition)

Architectural Guidebook to New York City: (Revised and Updated Edition)

by Francis Morrone
     
 

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Francis Morrone has returned to the buildings of his original guidebook once again to detail additions and changes in name and usage, and the book has been modified to reflect post September 11th New York City. With its thoughtful detail and out-of-the-ordinary observations, this guidebook is a must-have for New Yorkers, tourists, and architectural lovers

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Francis Morrone has returned to the buildings of his original guidebook once again to detail additions and changes in name and usage, and the book has been modified to reflect post September 11th New York City. With its thoughtful detail and out-of-the-ordinary observations, this guidebook is a must-have for New Yorkers, tourists, and architectural lovers everywhere.

Francis Morrone is a lecturer and tour leader for the Municipal Art Society of New York, a nonprofit civic organization founded in 1893. His writings on architecture and New York history appear in The New Criterion, the City Journal, and other publications. His other books include An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn and An Architectural Guidebook to Philadelphia. He lives in Brooklyn.

James Iska, whose work has been exhibited all over the world and has appeared in the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune, is currently on the staff of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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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:
9781586852115
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
08/08/2002
Edition description:
Revised & Updated
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
714,865
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.96(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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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