The Architecture of New York City: Histories and Views of Important Structures, Sites, and Symbols / Edition 2

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Overview

From the reviews of the first edition of Architecture of New York City. "It should provide joy to anyone even vaguely interested in this city and its artifacts.. It is very likely to turn them into enthusiasts." —New York Times Book Review ".weaves the little-known stories of 80 buildings and landmarks into a colorful tapestry of New York's whirlwind history.. This richly illustrated guide can be read from beginning to end with great pleasure." —Publishers Weekly ".Reynolds takes a new look at the older glories of New York. The architecture is freshly seen and is clearly researched. Reynolds' splendid photographs present highly original views of familiar (and not so familiar) important structures and sites." —Adolph Placzek, former president of the Society of Architectural Historians The history of New York City is a rich pageant of culture, commerce, social change, and human drama stretching back five hundred years. And when we know where to look for it, it is all there for us to see, vividly etched into the cityscape. Now in this celebration of New York's architecture, Donald Martin Reynolds helps us to see and appreciate, as never before, the city's monuments and masterpieces, and to hear the tales they have to tell. With the help of nearly 200 striking photographs (20 of them new to this edition), Dr. Reynolds takes us on an unforgettable tour of five centuries of architectural change and innovation—from 16th-century Dutch canals and 18th-century farmhouses, to the elevator buildings of the 1870s (precursors of skyscrapers) and the Art Deco, Bauhaus, and Post-modern buildings that make up New York City's celebrated skyline. Floor by floor stone by stone, detail by detail Dr. Reynolds lovingly describes 90 of the city's most striking buildings, bridges, parks, and places. He tells us when, why, and how they were built and who built them, and in the process, he evokes the illustrious and exciting history of this restless, ceaselessly seductive metropolis.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This 1984 guide was revised to touch on changes to the city's skyline over the past decade. (June)
Booknews
Presents a detailed compendium of histories and views of some 120 major New York City structures, sites, and symbols. Although not comprehensive, and not chronological, selections are treated in detail, and they range from the period of colonization to the present day. Some 200 b&w photos are included. No information is given about the previous edition(s). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471014393
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/29/1994
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 951,337
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

DONALD MARTIN REYNOLDS teaches art history at Columbia University. A frequent lecturer to corporations and civics groups, he is also the author of numerous books and articles on art and architecture. Dr. Reynolds is Founder/Director of The Monuments Conservancy, and in 1991 he established the Annual Symposium on Public Monuments, funded by the Samuel Dorsky Foundation.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Seventeenth Century: Dutch Beginnings 1
2 Eighteenth Century: Georgian Architecture and a Revolution 23
3 The Federal Style 47
4 Nineteenth Century: Greek Revival 79
5 Temples of Commerce and Houses of Industry 95
6 Churches: From Temple Fronts to Statue Columns 107
7 Cast-Iron Buildings, Their Legacy, and the Palazzo Style 127
8 The Tallest Building in the World, 1913-30: The Woolworth Building 215
9 Fashionable Dwellings 227
10 Theaters 241
11 The New York Port Comes of Age 251
12 Art Deco Skyscrapers 275
13 Rockefeller Center: Innovation in Urban Planning 295
14 Graves, Gardens, and Parks 313
15 The Picturesque Point of View: Fonthill Castle, Firehouses, and the Seventh Regiment Armory 333
16 "O Harp and Altar": The Brooklyn Bridge 347
Glossary 373
Bibliography 375
Index 385
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