The Architecture of Delano and Aldrich

The Architecture of Delano and Aldrich

by Peter Pennoyer, Anne Walker
     
 

The firm of Delano & Aldrich occupied a central place in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century, substantially shaping the architectural climate of the period.
The grand country estates, striking townhouses and club buildings, churches, schools, and public buildings designed by William Adams Delano (1874–1960) and Chester Holmes

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Overview

The firm of Delano & Aldrich occupied a central place in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century, substantially shaping the architectural climate of the period.
The grand country estates, striking townhouses and club buildings, churches, schools, and public buildings designed by William Adams Delano (1874–1960) and Chester Holmes Aldrich (1871–1940) are exceptional examples of architectural creativity and originality.
Illustrated with stunning color photographs taken expressly for the book and many historic photographs, plans, and drawings reproduced in rich duotone, The Architecture of Delano & Aldrich is the first book to give an account of the architects’ backgrounds and beginnings and the scope of their practice, setting the firm’s work within the social and architectural context of the day. It examines twenty particularly exemplary projects, showing how the architects tempered the purely functional aesthetic, inherent in a modernist approach, with the artistic aesthetic of traditional classical architecture. Early commissions of large country and city houses and clubs as well as the larger government and civic buildings of the post-Depression years, increasingly modern and stylized, reflect their underlying dedication to a classical architectural language and the great fluidity and breadth of their work. Among the featured projects are the Walters Art Gallery (Baltimore, Maryland), High Lawn (Lenox, Massachusetts), Oheka (Cold Spring Harbor, New York), the Knickerbocker and Union Clubs (New York City), Peterloon (Indian Hill, Ohio), the U.S. Post Office Department Building (Washington, D.C.), the American Government Building (Paris), Sterling Divinity School, Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut), and the New York Municipal Airport, La Guardia Field (New York City).
A catalogue raisonné, employee roster, and list of buildings now serving as museums are also included, making The Architecture of Delano & Aldrich the definitive source about a practice whose work forms a lasting part of the American landscape.

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Editorial Reviews

Period Homes
Meticulously footnoted…this book provides an excellent foundation that should spur further scholarship.— Eve M. Kahn
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
The handsome new book by architect Peter Pennoyer and historian Anne Walker will be a welcome addition to any architectural library…. The book is written in a clear, unambiguous style inviting to both the layperson and the trained historian.— Mark A. Hewitt
The New York Times
Gives the outsider a look inside the buildings that staked out a reputation the architects enjoy to this day.— Christopher Gray
Quest Magazine
“An appetite for [viewing the interiors themselves] will surely be stimulated by [this] exquisite book…illustrated with stunning color photographs.”
From House To Home
“The first book on one of the most productive and accomplished architectural firms of the first half of the twentieth century…a comprehensive, illuminating study.”
Home Garden Reviews
“...Should stand as a model for future chronologists of architectural history...the best presentation I've seen to date.”
Eve M. Kahn - Period Homes
“Meticulously footnoted…this book provides an excellent foundation that should spur further scholarship.”
Mark A. Hewitt - Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
“The handsome new book by architect Peter Pennoyer and historian Anne Walker will be a welcome addition to any architectural library…. The book is written in a clear, unambiguous style inviting to both the layperson and the trained historian.”
Christopher Gray - The New York Times
“Gives the outsider a look inside the buildings that staked out a reputation the architects enjoy to this day.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393730876
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 12.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Pennoyer is the principal partner of the eponymous architecture firm that has a national practice in classical and traditional architecture. The Pennoyer firm has designed houses and institutional projects from New York to California. The firm’s work is recognized for combining an inventive spirit with an erudite grasp of architectural history and has been widely published and exhibited. Pennoyer serves on the boards of the Institute for Classical Architecture and Classical America, the Morgan Library, and the Whiting Foundation. He is the coauthor of The Architecture of Delano & Aldrich and The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore.

Anne Walker holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from Columbia University. She is the coauthor of The Ford Plantation Architectural Pattern Book, with Donald M. Rattner; The Architecture of Delano & Aldrich; and The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore.

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