Mastering Tradition: The Residential Architecture of John Russell Popeby James B. Garrison
John Russell Pope (1874-1937) was an architect of tradition and a master of proportion, massing, and scale. Drawing on a personal palette rich in historic precedents from ancient Greece to colonial America, Pope created original and refined designs that embodied the aspirations of the United States as an emerging world power. Both his private and public work possess a poise and confidence that emanated from a disciplined approach to architectural design formed by his experience at home and abroad. In the brief span of 35 years, Pope and his office designed several hundred buildings and monuments, including over 100 houses. His residential work spans a wide array of styles, and comprises vast estates-with integrated ensembles of living, work, and leisure buildings-city town houses, country retreats, and a series of jewel-like mausoleums. The common thread running through all his work is a total mastery of the design vocabulary. In this first comprehensive and lavishly illustrated survey of his residential work, author James Garrison delves into Pope's design sources and methods, and demonstrates how an apparently diverse body of work is related to a common theme of the mastering of tradition.
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