Lost Boston

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Lost Boston is a visual feast, a stunning presentation of a city's physical development, and an eloquent appeal for the preservation of what makes the city special. Bringing history to life with more than 350 photographs and prints, Jane Holtz Kay traces Boston's evolution brick by brick and block by block, creating what the Washington Post hailed as "an elegant architectural history, excellently illustrated."
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Kay's 1980 volume is a history of the great city through its architecture, which is being lost to time. This edition has been updated to include Boston's massive undertaking of the construction of an underground roadway as well as efforts made by many to preserve its historic edifices before the city's face is altered permanently. The text is buttressed with 350 monochrome images from ancient to modern. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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"Earns a place on the short shelf of indispensable books about the architecture and physical form of Boston." Boston Globe
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558495272
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 973,325
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Holtz Kay is the architecture critic for both THE NATION and THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, and the author of ASPHALT NATION and LOST BOSTON. She lives in Boston.

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Table of Contents

A Personal Preface
1 The City Upon a Hill, 1630-1680 1
2 Geography Is Destiny, 1680-1730 25
3 Growth to Independence, 1730-1780 41
4 Federalist Foundations, 1780-1800 63
5 Splendors by the Shovelful, 1800-1820 93
6 Granite in Athens, 1820-1850 127
7 New Land, 1850-1870 169
8 The City Afire, 1870-1880 207
9 The Greening of Boston, 1880-1900 229
10 Muted Hurrahs, 1900-1930 271
11 Epilogue from a Fin-de-Siecle City 295
Picture Credits 328
Selected Bibliography 332
Index 333
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    I found the text to be laborious reading. The photos were good b

    I found the text to be laborious reading. The photos were good but often in the center of the book so I had to crack the spine to see them. Poor layout.

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