The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore

Overview

During the first three decades of the twentieth century, Warren & Wetmore was one of the most successful and prolific architectural practices in America.
Producing over three hundred major projects, including the celebrated Grand Central Terminal (designed in association with Reed & Stem), the charismatic Beaux Arts-trained Whitney Warren (1864-1943) and shrewd lawyer Charles D. Wetmore (1866-1941) grasped the stylistic requirements and prevailing architectural tastes of...
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Overview

During the first three decades of the twentieth century, Warren & Wetmore was one of the most successful and prolific architectural practices in America.
Producing over three hundred major projects, including the celebrated Grand Central Terminal (designed in association with Reed & Stem), the charismatic Beaux Arts-trained Whitney Warren (1864-1943) and shrewd lawyer Charles D. Wetmore (1866-1941) grasped the stylistic requirements and prevailing architectural tastes of the vibrant period leading up to the Great Depression. The firm’s bold and creative interpretation of classical and French styles, as translated into American practice, reflected the cultural, social, and business aspirations of the country’s ruling class.Illustrated with Jonathan Wallen’s stunning new color photographs and with historic photographs, drawings, and plans, The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore is the first book to examine exclusively the scope of the firm’s rich and varied body of work. In addition to Grand Central Terminal, Warren & Wetmore was responsible for some of New York’s most memorable buildings, including the New York Yacht Club, grand mansions for such prominent clients as the Vanderbilts, and a number of luxurious early apartment buildings and hotels. During a period of rampant building activity, the firm was instrumental in shaping New York’s expanding cityscape with its office buildings in Terminal City and setback towers. Its hotels and resorts nationwide set an unprecedented level of comfort and luxury for America’s leisure class, guiding the direction of the modern-day hotel. The reconstruction of the university library in Louvain, Belgium-Warren’s most prized commission-held the international spotlight after World War I. The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore includes a catalogue raisonné and an employee roster, and is the definitive source about a practice that made an indelible imprint on the American landscape.
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Editorial Reviews

The New Criterion
It is a difficult feat to translate the aesthetic sense of an architect…but [Pennoyer and Walker] have accomplished it.— Michael J. Lewis
Magazine of The Victorian Society in America
“The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore is one volume in a recent – and highly gratifying – spate of books published in the new century that have celebrated some of the great but neglected architectural firms of the last. We have W. W. Norton to thank…. [A] remarkable portrait of a firm that both followed and shaped the burgeoning twentieth-century city.”
Francis Morrone - New York Sun
“A superb book on the firm's work.”
Michael J. Lewis - The New Criterion
“It is a difficult feat to translate the aesthetic sense of an architect…but [Pennoyer and Walker] have accomplished it.”
Sandra Matuschika - Newport Daily News
“[W]onderful photographs and has a store of history for the architecturally minded.”
California Bookwatch
“A 'must' for any college-level architectural studies collection.”
New York Sun - Francis Morrone
“A superb book on the firm's work.”
The New Criterion - Michael J. Lewis
“It is a difficult feat to translate the aesthetic sense of an architect…but [Pennoyer and Walker] have accomplished it.”
Newport Daily News - Sandra Matuschika
“[W]onderful photographs and has a store of history for the architecturally minded.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393731620
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/20/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,005,706
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 12.40 (h) x 1.00 (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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