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Nineteen essays, by a diverse group of historians and others who experience and study Gilbert's buildings in their professional lives, detail the intricate relationship between Gilbert's work and the longstanding tradition of public architecture in America.
This volume examines Gilbert's work in five unique categories: the building of a national practice, an evaluation of his Minnesota State Capitol as "a defining moment" in American civic architecture, his New York career, his response to civic ideals in his plans for towns and universities, and his work in the public domain.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||8.70(w) x 10.60(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Barbara S. Christen is an architectural historian who specializes in the history of Cass Gilbert’s architectural work and the history of campus and preservation planning. In recent years, she has served as technical advisor for the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP) Campus Heritage Discovery Project, examining the campus heritage projects funded between 2002 and 2007 by the Getty Foundation (www.campusheritage.org). She has also led the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Historic Campus Architecture Project, which created an inventory of historic campus architecture and landscape design regarding 2100 cultural heritage sites at nearly 400 campuses of independent colleges and universities across the United States (www.cic.edu/hcap). She received her Ph.D. in art and architectural history from the City University of New York Graduate Center.
Steven Flanders, a consultant in court administration, lives in Pelham, New York.
Table of Contents
|Part 1.||A National Practice Built from the "Northwest"||25|
|1.||Architectural Education and Minnesota Career||27|
|2.||Launching a Career: Residential and Ecclesiastical Work from the St. Paul Office||46|
|3.||The Politics of Public Architecture||62|
|4.||The Aesthetics of an Eclectic Architect||73|
|Part 2.||A Defining Moment in American Civic Architecture||85|
|5.||The Minnesota State Capitol: Thinking Internationally, Designing Locally||87|
|6.||The Civilization of the West||100|
|7.||High Culture by the Square Foot||113|
|8.||The Restoration and Preservation of Minnesota's Showplace||125|
|Part 3.||Monumentality in New York||135|
|9.||The Image of the City: The Woolworth Building and the Creation of the New York Skyline||137|
|10.||In the Camera's Eye: The Woolworth Building and American Avant-Garde Photography and Film||149|
|11.||"Great Gray Buildings": The United States Army Supply Base||163|
|Part 4.||Ideals in Planning||175|
|12.||A "New" New England: Proposals for New Haven and Waterbury, Connecticut||177|
|13.||The University of Texas: Vision and Ambition||192|
|14.||Oberlin: The Grand Collaboration||206|
|15.||A British Response to American Classicism: Cass Gilbert and Charles Reilly||220|
|Part 5.||Gilbert and the Public Domain||233|
|16.||St. Louis: Public Architecture, Civic Ideals||235|
|17.||"A Difficult and Perplexing Matter": The Louisiana Purchase Exposition||252|
|18.||A User's Viewpoint: Gilbert and His Public||265|
|19.||Representing American Justice: The United States Supreme Court||272|