Architecture Traveler: A Guide to 262 Key Modern American Buildings

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Architecture is the heart and soul of cities—it shows not just a place, but the spirit of the place.
This portable book takes readers on a tour of American architectural treasures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It provides the practical information-addresses, phone numbers, visitor hours, maps-needed to experience them at first hand-of 262 landmark buildings and explains why each will reward a visit. The accompanying descriptions offer new insights about the ...

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Overview

Architecture is the heart and soul of cities—it shows not just a place, but the spirit of the place.
This portable book takes readers on a tour of American architectural treasures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It provides the practical information-addresses, phone numbers, visitor hours, maps-needed to experience them at first hand-of 262 landmark buildings and explains why each will reward a visit. The accompanying descriptions offer new insights about the buildings and designers of this vital part of the American heritage. Among the new buildings included in this edition are Walt Disney Concert Hall (Frank Gehry), Seattle Library (Rem Koolhaas), American Folk Art Museum (Tod Williams/Billie Tsien), Contemporary Arts Center (Zaha Hadid), Milwaukee Art Museum (Santiago Calatrava), and the 'Solar Umbrella' House (Larry Scarpa/Angela Brooks).

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Editorial Reviews

Miyoko Ohtake - The Buffalo News
“[A]ll-inclusive and multifunctional… LeBlanc's guide should be one of the books kept on the cofee table or in the car for quick reference when you're dreaming of traveling or are out on the road.”
Sandy McLendon - Modernism Magazine
“[W]hat to see, why you should see it and where it's located, all in one handy book.”
US Airways Magazine
“[P]rovides useful information (maps, visitor hours, addresses) as well as insight into why each of the 262 American treasures is worth a visit.”
CultureKiosque: The European Guide to Arts and Culture Worldwide
“[L]ively and informative…a pleasure to consult…[F]irst-class guide to modern and contemporary American architecture.”
Bobbie Leigh - Physicians' Travel & Meeting Guide
“Sydney LeBlanc has revised and updated her much admired, well-illustrated guide to the architectural treasures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries… [G]ives practical information, but more importantly, helps you focus on the special qualities of each building. This handy, well-illustrated guide is organized chronologically, but there's an index of architects, building locations and Web sites organized by states. Most helpful are a series of maps designed for organizing architectural tours in specific regions.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393731743
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/23/2005
  • Edition description: (Revised)
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 291
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sydney LeBlanc, a writer and editor who specializes in architecture and landscape design, lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2006

    the newest and the best....

    If you're planning a trip in the US, this is the most up to date architecture guide. It will show you the best and the newest. Naturally it focuses on the major destination cities (New York, Chicago, LA, San Francisco). It also includes other hot architecture cities (Miami, Houston) and helps you make fascinating side trips to out of the way and unexpected sites - and concentrations of sites -- all over the country. The author presents the 263 top US buildings, one building per page. If you're tight for time, it helps you narrow down your choices by clearly identifying the must-see buildings: It features 41 New York buildings, for example, 40 in LA, and so on -- and it draws a circle around the absolutely essential Frank Gehry and Frank Lloyd Wright sites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2005

    Fascinating and indispensible

    It is often easy to visit important architectural sites just by making a quick walking tour or a short drive from your hotel ... but you have to know exactly where to look. That's the value of this classic travel guide to American architecture, now in its Sixth edition. The latest Architecture Traveler treats 263 buildings. Each page covers one building with a narrative, photos, and visitor information. In this newest edition of the guide, websites are included for many of the buildings - a real help. The Architecture Traveler itself has a website, at architecture-traveler.com. At the end of the book you'll find useful maps showing all the buildings' locations. The author, whose work appears in The New York Times and in the shelter magazines, has a real gift for finding unexpected details and for telling the behind the scenes stories of the buildings, the architects and sometimes the owners. The buildings are presented in time sequence, so you can scan across the decades by trilling the pages against your thumb. The 13 new buildings from 2000 forward will give you a quick sense of contemporary ideas, trends and new materials and techniques in American architecture. A strikingly beautiful new solar house completed in 2004 (with a monthly electricity bill of zero) was particularly interesting to me. My only criticism is the new cover, which seems sort of bland and formal compared to past covers. This classic guide has been translated into German and Chinese, and it is not uncommon to spot and greet other adventurous Architecture Travelers with this book in hand at the famous and - especially - at the slightly offbeat or lesser-known sites. The Architecture Traveler makes a good gift, as well.

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