Robert Mills: America's First Architect

Robert Mills: America's First Architect

by John Bryan
     
 
The first architect trained in America, Robert Mills is best known as the designer of many iconic buildings in our nation's capital: the Washington Monument, the Department of Treasury headquarters, the Patent Office Building (now National Portrait Gallery), and the Post Office Headquarters.

Mills, whose career spanned the period 1810 to 1855, was a colleague

Overview

The first architect trained in America, Robert Mills is best known as the designer of many iconic buildings in our nation's capital: the Washington Monument, the Department of Treasury headquarters, the Patent Office Building (now National Portrait Gallery), and the Post Office Headquarters.

Mills, whose career spanned the period 1810 to 1855, was a colleague of James Hoban, architect of the White House, and Thomas Jefferson, designer of Monticello and the University of Virginia. He trained with Benjamin Henry Latrobe, designer of the Virginia State Capitol and the Bank of Pennsylvania. With this circle of friends, Mills was instrumental in creating the physical design of the new republic.

Robert Mills: America's First Architect is the first complete monograph on this pivotal architect—beautifully illustrated with never-before-published watercolors and renderings and new color photography commissioned for the book. Author John Bryan, a best-selling historian and wonderful storyteller, weaves the history of Mills's architectural designs and engineering inventions together with the lives of the individuals who most influenced him, and shows how he can rightly be called our founding father of architecture.

Author Biography: John M. Bryan is Professor of Art History at the University of South Carolina, Columbia and author

of G.W. Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Robert Mills, who claimed to be the first native-born American architect, is best known for his federal buildings and monuments, including the Department of Treasury building, the Patent Office building (now the National Portrait Gallery), and the Washington Monument. During a career that ranged from 1802 to 1855, he was associated with three icons of American architecture: James Hoban, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, and Thomas Jefferson. This comprehensive biography provides a readable text with 190 color and 100 black-and-white illustrations. It also captures Mills's other diverse accomplishments, including the first systematic mapping of any state (South Carolina) and compilation of the first directory of American lighthouses. This title is essential for all large architecture collections. For smaller collections already owning Rhodri Windsor Liscombe's Altogether American: Robert Mills Architect and Engineer (Oxford Univ., 1994. o.p.) or Robert Mills, Architect, edited by Bryan (1989. o.p.), this book's handsome format is more a justification for purchase than is additional content. Jay Schafer, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568982960
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.95(w) x 11.27(h) x 1.31(d)

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