Capital Losses: A Cultural History of Washington's Destroyed Buildings

Capital Losses: A Cultural History of Washington's Destroyed Buildings

by James M. Goode
     
 

"Before the passage of critical preservation legislation in 1978, the Nation's Capital lost an irreplaceable assembly of architecturally and culturally significant buildings. Wanton destruction in the name of progress - particularly in the decades immediately following World War II - resulted in a legacy forever lost, a cultural heritage destroyed by the wrecker's… See more details below

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"Before the passage of critical preservation legislation in 1978, the Nation's Capital lost an irreplaceable assembly of architecturally and culturally significant buildings. Wanton destruction in the name of progress - particularly in the decades immediately following World War II - resulted in a legacy forever lost, a cultural heritage destroyed by the wrecker's ball." "In originally documenting 252 of these historic losses, the publication of Capital Losses a quarter century ago created a clarion call for preservationists. By reminding us of things lost, James Goode's magisterial and poignant study represented a comprehensive call for action, a mandate for responsible stewardship of the architectural legacy of Washington, D.C. In the decades since, rising public awareness and the passage of the Historic District and Historic Landmark Protection Act in 1978 have slowed the pace of thoughtless destruction. But as this completely new and updated edition of Capital Losses demonstrates, vigilance remains the watchword, especially as pressures for urban growth continue to intensify." "Capital Losses reveals the Washington that was and how it became what it is today. This updated edition includes eighteen more treasures lost - among them Rhodes Tavern and Valley View - and ninety additional historic photographs. The 270 buildings featured here range from the earliest Georgian plantation house to the latest art deco commercial structure and include private houses, hotels, apartment houses, office and government buildings, schools, hospitals, churches, and fire stations." Both the familiar public Washington of official landmarks and the private city of residential neighborhoods are paid tribute in this volume, dedicated to the vanished. A foreword by noted architectural historian Richard Longstreth brings the preservation story up to the present.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874744804
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
12/28/1988
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
541

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. IResidential
1Federal Faces: Georgian and Federal Houses1
2Classical Interlude: Greek Revival Houses29
3Age of Romanticism: Early Victorian Houses63
4Gaslight and Gilt: Late Victorian Houses88
5The City Beautiful: Post-1890 Houses137
6The Domestic Scale: Row Houses167
7The Transient City: Hotels and Apartment Houses189
Pt. IINonresidential
8Steeped in Glory: Churches227
9For Members Only: Clubs and Organizations253
10Capital Commerce: Commercial Buildings282
11Uncle Sam's Workrooms: Early Government Buildings325
12The Expanding Bureaucracy: Post-Civil War Government Buildings355
13Nine to Five: Office Buildings381
14Grease Paint and Celluloid: Theaters397
15For Mind and Body: Schools and Hospitals425
16A Moving Experience: Transportation Buildings447
17Hooks and Ladders: Fire Stations467
18"Tempos" in War and Peace: Temporary Government Buildings477
19Forgotten Fragments: Street Furniture491
Bibliographical Notes504
Photographic Credits522
Index530

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