Capital Losses: A Cultural History of Washington's Destroyed Buildings / Edition 2

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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. 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, DC. 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.

At once a visual delight, a fascinating social history, and an eloquent appeal for ongoing awareness, Capital Losses reveals the Washington that was and how it became what it is today. This updated edition includes eighteen more treasures lost and ninety additional historic photographs.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“One of the best books of its kind ever put together.”—Washingtonian

“The most lavish look at any American city's lost architecture that has yet appeared.”—The Washington Star

“The stories . . . are as good as anyone’s gothic novel.”—Washington Post Book World
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588341051
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Edition description: SECOND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 539
  • Sales rank: 684,597
  • Product dimensions: 9.35 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

James Goode is the winner of Washingtonian magazine's prestigious “Washingtonian of the Year” award. He is the author of Best Addresses: A Century of Washington's Distinguished Apartment Houses and lives in Washington, DC.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Pt. I Residential
1 Federal Faces: Georgian and Federal Houses 1
2 Classical Interlude: Greek Revival Houses 29
3 Age of Romanticism: Early Victorian Houses 63
4 Gaslight and Gilt: Late Victorian Houses 88
5 The City Beautiful: Post-1890 Houses 137
6 The Domestic Scale: Row Houses 167
7 The Transient City: Hotels and Apartment Houses 189
Pt. II Nonresidential
8 Steeped in Glory: Churches 227
9 For Members Only: Clubs and Organizations 253
10 Capital Commerce: Commercial Buildings 282
11 Uncle Sam's Workrooms: Early Government Buildings 325
12 The Expanding Bureaucracy: Post-Civil War Government Buildings 355
13 Nine to Five: Office Buildings 381
14 Grease Paint and Celluloid: Theaters 397
15 For Mind and Body: Schools and Hospitals 425
16 A Moving Experience: Transportation Buildings 447
17 Hooks and Ladders: Fire Stations 467
18 "Tempos" in War and Peace: Temporary Government Buildings 477
19 Forgotten Fragments: Street Furniture 491
Bibliographical Notes 504
Photographic Credits 522
Index 530
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2003

    The 'Bible' for those interested in DC history

    The first edition has gone on to become the 'Bible' for those interested in DC history/urban design and is today a collector's item. Its range encompasses architecture, urban studies, DC personalities, and so much more. Goode deserves praise for this masterpiece, one of the first of its kind. Do not be daunted by the price! Some books are worth every penny. Enjoy!

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