by Lonnie Sacchi, Constance Guardi


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The unrelenting industrialization of America in the 19th century brought undreamed-of wealth and abundance to the nation as it emerged as a major world power after the trauma of a bloody civil war; however, the wealth was unevenly distributed, and industrialization inevitably produced the undesirable side effects of overcrowded tenement life, pollution, and the general degradation of the environment. This, in turn, set some of the nation's great thinkers on the path to coming up with answers to alleviate the ill effects of a rapidly industrializing and urbanizing society. Frederick Law Olmsted's answer in 1868 was the conception of a suburb for Chicago that combined the best aspects of urban life with that of rural life. So, he created Riverside, an ideal environment for civilization to flourish.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781531662073
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 07/09/2012
Pages: 130
Sales rank: 1,155,001
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

The authors have chosen photographs that illustrate the wide range of human experience that has transpired upon Olmsted's palette. In pictures and text, this is Riverside--how it came to be, the men that built it, and how it slowly, yet inexorably, grew and persevered through boom and bust to achieve the vision for which it was intended and endures to be today.

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