With new color photography showing off a thorough inside-and-out refurbishment, this volume celebrates a beloved landmark.
Library JournalThe main building of the New York Public Library, located at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, was designed by the notable New York City architectural firm Carrère and Hastings after an extensive national competition and completed in 1911. Originally published in 1986, this book has been updated for the building's centennial with revisions, new photographs, and full treatment of the extensive restorations and renovations that have been undertaken throughout the massive building complex. It contains over 50 beautiful pages of detailed color photographs, comprising an extensive verbal/visual glossary of classical architectural terms as well as a complete list of the sources of the principal materials and surfaces throughout the building, stretching from Athens, Greece, to Knoxville, TN, including Italy, Germany, France, and Vermont. Unfortunately, there are no footnotes or bibliography. VERDICT Few books or buildings meet the standard of this publication and its subject; it is one of the finest books this reviewer has seen on the classical style in the Beaux Arts period in America (roughly 1890–1940). Highly recommended to all larger public and academic libraries throughout the world.—Peter S. Kaufman, formerly with Boston Architectural Coll.
- Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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- Edition description:
- Anniversary Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 9.30(w) x 12.30(h) x 1.20(d)
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