City Hall: Masterpieces of American Civic Architecture

City Hall: Masterpieces of American Civic Architecture


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City Hall is the first book to feature striking contemporary images of the most architecturally significant city halls in the United States. This diverse collection includes New York, the oldest; Philadelphia, once the tallest building in the world; and Boston, the first major brutalist building in the United States. Organized chronologically, the book traces the evolution of American civic architecture from the early 19th century to the present day and represents diverse styles such as Federalist, art deco, and modern. Architects, current and former mayors, historians, and preservationists tell the story of how each city hall came to be, what it says about its city, and why it's important architecturally. With a foreword by noted historian Douglas Brinkley and an essay by architectural writer Thomas Mellins, City Hall spotlights these often underappreciated civic buildings and affirms architecture's unique power to express democratic ideals and inspire civic engagement.

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ISBN-13: 9780764360497
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 01/28/2021
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 203,973
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Arthur Drooker is the author and photographer of American Ruins (Merrell, 2007), Lost Worlds: Ruins of the Americas (ACC, 2011), Pie Town Revisited (UNM Press, 2015) and Conventional Wisdom (Glitterati, 2016). For more information, please visit

Foreword by award-winning historian Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University, the CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.

Essay by Thomas Mellins, an author who has curated exhibits for institutions including the Museum of the City of New York, the National Building Museum, and the New York Public Library.

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