Chicago Architecture, 1872-1922: Birth of a Metropolis

Chicago Architecture, 1872-1922: Birth of a Metropolis

by John Zukowsky, Musee D'Orsay, Deutsches Architekturmuseum
     
 

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Chicago has long been considered the capital of American architecture. This city and its suburbs are world-famous for their Chicago School commercial buildings and Prairie School residences. From the re-building after the Great Fire of 1871 through the 1922 international competition for the Chicago Tribune tower, architects flocked to the city not only from across

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Chicago has long been considered the capital of American architecture. This city and its suburbs are world-famous for their Chicago School commercial buildings and Prairie School residences. From the re-building after the Great Fire of 1871 through the 1922 international competition for the Chicago Tribune tower, architects flocked to the city not only from across America, but also from Europe, to aid in the development of these schools. Figures such as Louis H. Sullivan, Holabird and Roche, William Le Baron Jenney, Burnham and Root, and Frank Lloyd Wright became household names in the history of Chicago's contributions to American architecture. But less familiar names - among them, German emigres Augustus Bauer, Otto Matz, and Peter Weber - also played a significant part in these developments. Interchanges between Chicago and, particularly, northern Europe ranged from the presence of several German architects in the city during the nineteenth century through the many Chicagoans who studied in Europe at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and returned home to make their city a "Paris on the Prairie." Chicago Architecture, 1872-1922: Birth of a Metropolis accompanies a major traveling exhibition of the same name. Including twenty essays by leading specialists, it surveys those international interactions which helped Chicago to become the mid-western metropolis that it is today. This lavishly illustrated volume, which also contains an extensive catalogue section and an annotated bibliography, provides a contribution of lasting value to the scholarship on this important topic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791323442
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
04/01/2000
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 11.76(h) x 1.07(d)

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