Heavenly Mansions: And Other Essays on Architecture

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Brilliantly written essays on the aesthetic principles and enduring motives of architecture.
A classic of architectural history and theory, Heavenly Mansions interprets architecture as a reflection of the age in which it flowers, and traces the alternating themes of fantasy and functionalism as exemplified in various styles and in the works of a number of influential men, including Wren, Viollet-le-Duc, William Butterfield, and Le Corbusier. Succinctly summarizing 800 years of ...

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Overview

Brilliantly written essays on the aesthetic principles and enduring motives of architecture.
A classic of architectural history and theory, Heavenly Mansions interprets architecture as a reflection of the age in which it flowers, and traces the alternating themes of fantasy and functionalism as exemplified in various styles and in the works of a number of influential men, including Wren, Viollet-le-Duc, William Butterfield, and Le Corbusier. Succinctly summarizing 800 years of viewpoints about architecture, it ranges from Gothic architecture to the Renaissance to the influence of modern abstract art on twentieth-century architecture.
"Each essay is a voyage of discovery. What is so interesting and what makes Mr. Summerson the architectural critic of his generation . . . is [an] aversion to dogma. . . . It is supremely well worth reading."—Spectator

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393318579
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: (Reissue)
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

The late SirJohn Summerson taught at Oxford and Cambridge.

Kent Bloomer teaches at Yale University.

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Table of Contents

I Heavenly Mansions: An Interpretation of Gothic 1
II Antitheses of the Quattrocento 29
III The Mind of Wren 51
IV John Wood and the English Town-Planning Tradition 87
V The Vision of J.M. Gandy 111
VI Viollet-le-Duc and the Rational Point of view 135
VII William Butterfield, or the Glory of Ugliness 159
VIII Architecture, Painting and le Corbusier 177
IX The Mischievous Analogy 195
X The Past in the Future 219
Index 243
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