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The great survey of the American Greek Revival style, back in print and in an updated form for the first time since 1995. Stately Greek Revival architecture reached full flower in the 1820s, when impressive white temple-fronted facades with columns and pilasters were the prevailing style for new buildings throughout America. Roger Kennedy examines the social, political, and psychological forces that underpinned this opulent style. Kennedy’s text is complemented by full-color photographs that were specially ...
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Hardcover New The great survey of the American Greek Revival style, back in print and in an updated form for the first time since 1995. Stately Greek Revival architecture ... reached full flower in the 1820s, when impressive white temple-fronted facades with columns and pilasters were the prevailing style for new buildings throughout America. Roger Kennedy examines the social, political, and psychological forces that underpinned this opulent style. Kennedy's text is complemented by full-color photographs that were specially commissioned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Magnificent examples of churches, banks, government buildings, and residences, as well as interiors, are featured. Included are a new preface and an updated appendix of every important surviving Greek Revival structure in the United States today. Read more Show Less

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The great survey of the American Greek Revival style, back in print and in an updated form for the first time since 1995. Stately Greek Revival architecture reached full flower in the 1820s, when impressive white temple-fronted facades with columns and pilasters were the prevailing style for new buildings throughout America. Roger Kennedy examines the social, political, and psychological forces that underpinned this opulent style. Kennedy’s text is complemented by full-color photographs that were specially commissioned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Magnificent examples of churches, banks, government buildings, and residences, as well as interiors, are featured. Included are a new preface and an updated appendix of every important surviving Greek Revival structure in the United States today.
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"With hundreds of full-color photographs specially commissioned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation along with illuminmating illustrations, the book demonstrates the lasting importance of the Greek style and its impact in America evidenced in iconic buildings including churches, banks, government offices and private estates." ~Luxist
Library Journal
This opulent book is a highly personal and somewhat unconventional view of the Greek Revival in America during the first half of the 19th century. Written with obvious feeling by noted social historian Kennedy, it advances the argument that the Greek Revival arose not from the desire to emulate ancient Greece but from the psychological and sexual anxieties of individuals. Kennedy covers considerable ground in this provocative study, from Jefferson's role in shaping the early republic to the stylistic contributions of A.J. Davis and Benjamin Latrobe. One appendix provides a useful list of important Greek Revival buildings in America. Worth acquiring for the illustrations alone--there are over 190 spectacular color photographs--this book should interest social and architectural historians alike.-- H. Ward Jandl, National Park Service, Washington, D.C.
Booknews
A handsome large-format book with some 190 fine color photographs depicting the range of Greek Revival interiors and exteriors, from impressive government buildings to antebellum mansions, to simple private homes and even a privy. The book also includes 50 period illustrations and a state-by-state annotated gazetteer providing a guide to the outstanding extant examples in the United States. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847831845
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 3/23/2010
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 9.66 (w) x 11.84 (h) x 1.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger G. Kennedy is the former director of the National Park Service and director emeritus of the National Museum of American History. He has written numerous books and articles on the history and architecture of the United States. When Art Worked: The New Deal, Art, and Democracy was published by Rizzoli in Fall 2009.
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Table of Contents

Preface: A New Start 1

Introduction 7

Reconnaissance of the Terrain 7

The Myth of Classical Emulation 25

Pt. 1 The Political Economy of the Greek Revival 57

The World of the Founders 59

The Age of Jackson and Biddle 89

Pt. 2 A Case Study: The Forest and Milford 121

Pt. 3 Reviving Greece 161

The Birth of the Greek Revival 167

Pt. 4 A Second Case Study: The Interior 249

The Psychology of the Interior: American and European Revivalists 269

Pt. 5 The Decline of the Greek Revival 281

Pt. 6 A Hasty History of the Later Renaissance 321

Appendix A A Speculation on Power and Sex in Greek Revival America 387

Appendix B Some Questions about Columns 395

Appendix C A Gazetteer of Important Greek Revival Buildings in the United States Today 398

Endnotes 423

Bibliography 437

Index 445

Acknowledgments 453

Picture Credits 455

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