A History of Building Types / Edition 1

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Overview

Available again in paperback, this first survey of building types ever written remains an essential guide to vital and often overlooked features of the architectural and social inheritance of the West. Here Nikolaus Pevsner shares his immense erudition and keenly discerning eye with readers curious about the ways in which architecture reflects the character of society. He describes twenty types of buildings ranging from the most monumental to the least, from the most ideal to the most utilitarian. More than seven hundred illustrations illuminate the text.

Both Europe and America have been covered with examples chosen largely from the nineteenth century, the crucial period for diversification. Included are national monuments, libraries, theaters, hospitals, prisons, factories, hotels, and many other public buildings; churches and private dwellings have been excluded for practical reasons. The author is concerned not only with the evolution of each type in response to social and architectural change, but also with differing attitudes toward function, materials, and style.

One of the core books in the history of architecture because it shows how the genres of structures were developed over the last 300 years.

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Editorial Reviews

The Sunday Times
The book is a monument of lively scholarship, and also a most revealing anthology. . . . Gloriously informative. It brims with curious details.
— Raymond Mortimer
The Sunday Times - Raymond Mortimer
The book is a monument of lively scholarship, and also a most revealing anthology. . . . Gloriously informative. It brims with curious details.
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"The book is a monument of lively scholarship, and also a most revealing anthology. . . . Gloriously informative. It brims with curious details."—Raymond Mortimer, The Sunday Times (London)
The Sunday Times

The book is a monument of lively scholarship, and also a most revealing anthology. . . . Gloriously informative. It brims with curious details.
— Raymond Mortimer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691018294
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1979
  • Series: A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.98 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Introduction 9
1 National monuments and monuments to genius 11
2 Government buildings from the late twelfth to the late seventeenth centuries 27
3 Government buildings from the eighteenth century: Houses of parliament 35
4 Government buildings from the eighteenth century: Ministries and public offices 47
5 Government buildings from the eighteenth century: Town halls and law courts 53
6 Theatres 63
7 Libraries 91
8 Museums 111
9 Hospitals 139
10 Prisons 159
11 Hotels 169
12 Exchanges and banks 193
13 Warehouses and office buildings 213
14 Railway stations 225
15 Market halls, conservatories and exhibition buildings 235
16 Shops, stores and department stores 257
17 Factories 273
Conclusion 289
Bibliographies and notes 295
List and sources of illustrations 328
Index 336
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