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McKim, Mead & White: The Masterworks

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McKim, Mead & White rivals Frank Lloyd Wright for the honor of the premier architectural firm in American architecture. During McKim, Mead & White's most creative period (1879-1915), the firm received nearly 1,000 commissions, which include many of the most famous and important buildings ever built in America. Now, following Rizzoli's Houses of McKim, Mead & White, authors Samuel G. White and Elizabeth White here document the great non-residential works of America's greatest classical architects. In ...
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Overview

McKim, Mead & White rivals Frank Lloyd Wright for the honor of the premier architectural firm in American architecture. During McKim, Mead & White's most creative period (1879-1915), the firm received nearly 1,000 commissions, which include many of the most famous and important buildings ever built in America. Now, following Rizzoli's Houses of McKim, Mead & White, authors Samuel G. White and Elizabeth White here document the great non-residential works of America's greatest classical architects. In lavish color and archival photographs, the book includes the Boston Public Library, Newport Casino, the second Madison Square Garden, the Washington Memorial Arch, the Morgan Library, major works at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the campuses of Columbia and Harvard universities, Pennsylvania Station in New York, Bank of Montreal, American Academy in Rome, the Century Association, and the Harvard, Metropolitan, and University clubs in New York, among others. McKim, Mead & White: The Masterworks is certain to stand the test of time as one of the most important publications on American architecture.
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The New York Times
Graciously designed by Marcus Ratliff, this generous volume is a welcome sequel to The Houses of McKim, Mead & White, by Samuel G. White, a New York architect and a great-grandson of Stanford White, star of that legendary troika. He and his wife and co-author, Elizabeth White, move chronologically from such shingle-style delights as Rhode Island's Newport Casino, through the Roman monumentality of Columbia University's Low Library, on to such late oddities as New York's pinnacled, high-rise Municipal Building, which seems to foretell Stalinist Classicism. With a keen sense of social history, the authors help bring alive the milieus in which McKim, Mead and White's scintillating and synthetic art flourished. — Martin Filler
Library Journal
The timing is right for this lavish tribute to America's most prominent architectural firm of the decades preceding World War I. Today's historic preservation movement is going strong, mainstream architects and designers are seriously reevaluating premodernist design principles, and numerous McKim, Mead & White buildings have undergone stunning restorations. Samuel White's The Houses of McKim, Mead & White (1998) surveyed the firm's residential buildings. This follow-up, written with former Rizzoli editor Elizabeth White, treats a judicious selection of its commercial, governmental, and institutional structures built between 1879 and 1914, most of which exemplify the neoclassical "American Renaissance" style. Plans, drawings, and 300 sumptuous photos illustrate a text written from an insider's perspective, Samuel White being a grandson of the White in the book's title. Richard Wilson's and Leland Roth's books (both titled McKim, Mead & White, Architects; both o.p.) together offer a far more balanced and probing analysis into the firm's antecedents, design philosophy, and influence. But this current volume and The Houses of McKim, Mead & White will bring these architects' finest creations alive to a general audience. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries.-David Soltesz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847825677
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 10/8/2003
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 13.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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