The Architecture of O'Neil Ford: Celebrating Place / Edition 1

The Architecture of O'Neil Ford: Celebrating Place / Edition 1

by David Dillon
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University of Texas Press

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The Architecture of O'Neil Ford: Celebrating Place / Edition 1

O'Neil Ford (1905-1982) was the most influential Texas architect of the twentieth century. A technological innovator who bridged Texas' rural past and urban future, he taught three generations of architects how to adapt vernacular forms and materials to modern conditions. Widely known for his many projects in San Antonio and Dallas, Ford also designed buildings from Laredo, Texas, to Saratoga Springs, New York, over the course of a sixty-year career.

In this book, David Dillon undertakes the first critical study of Ford's architecture in both its regional and national contexts. In particular, Dillon explores Ford's links to the regional and eclectic movements of the 1920s and 1930s, his use of postwar technology and materials (lift-slab, pre-stressed concrete shells, new metals), and his influence on other architects in Texas and the Southwest. Quotes from the author's wide-ranging interviews with O'Neil Ford in the last years of his life, as well as with his partners, relatives, friends, and critics, give the text firsthand vividness.

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ISBN-13: 9780292716025
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 01/01/1999
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 10.33(w) x 11.27(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Major Buildings Discussed
List of Illustrations
1. The End and the Beginning
2. The Hick from Pink Hill
3. Discoveries at Home and Abroad
4. Architecture in the Age of Optimism
5. Citizen of the World
6. The Legacy of O'Neil Ford
Selected List of Works Consulted

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