Inventing the Skyline: The Architecture of Cass Gilbert

Inventing the Skyline: The Architecture of Cass Gilbert

by Margaret Heilbrun (Editor)

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Cass Gilbert's pioneering buildings injected vitality into skyscraper design, and his "Gothic skyscraper," epitomized by the Woolworth Building, profoundly influenced architects during the first decades of the twentieth century. Now the full breadth of Gilbert's achievements is visible in one lavishly illustrated volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231118736
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 07/14/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Margaret Heilbrun is the library director of the New York Historical Society.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Betsy Gotbaum
Preface, by Margaret Heilbrun
Biographical Time Line
Introduction, by Hugh Hardy
1. Cass Gilbert in Practice, 1882–1934, by Sharon Irish
2. From Sketch to Architecture: Drawings in the Cass Gilbert Office, by Mary Beth Betts
3. Cass Gilbert: Twelve Projects, by Mary Beth Betts
4. The Architect as Planner: Cass Gilbert's Responses to Historic Open Space, by Barbara S. Christen
5. Cass Gilbert's Skyscrapers in New York: The Twentieth-Century City and the Urban Picturesque, by Gail Fenske

What People are Saying About This

Robert A. M. Stern

Cass Gilbert, whose work includes some of our most important civic and commercial icons, has at last been rescued from an unwarranted obscurity with a scholarly book worthy of his talent and thorough professionalism. Now Gilbert can recapture his position among the great architects of the American Renaissance, including McKim, Mead, and White; Carrere and Hastings; and John Russell Pope.

Robert A. M. Stern, Yale School of Architecture

Kenneth T. Jackson

If Cass Gilbert had done nothing other than design the Woolworth Building on Broadway in lower Manhattan, he would rank with America's great architects. But his important commissions also include the Custom House at Bowling Green, the New York Life Insurance building at Madison Square, as well as many other structures in Gotham and in Washington. Along the way he was president of both the American Institute of Architects and the National Academy of Design. These essays by five talented scholars remind us of the reasons why Cass Gilbert's fingerprints will so long remain on the American skyline.

Kenneth T. Jackson, Editor-in-Chief, Encyclopedia of New York City

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