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Building a National Image: Architectural Drawings for the American Democracy, 1789-1912

Lowry, Bates

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ISBN 10: 0802708730 / ISBN 13: 9780802708731
Edité par Walker & Co, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1986
Etat : Near Fine Couverture rigide
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228pp with 198 illus. (many full & double-page colour). biblio. cloth. Being a well-illustrated exhibition catalogue of "Architectural Drawings for American Democracy, 1789-1912" in which Lowry documents the drawings and plan for Federal buildings in Washington D.C. and throughout the United States. Light chiping to dj at spine. Text clean. N° de réf. du libraire 009174

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Titre : Building a National Image: Architectural ...

Éditeur : Walker & Co, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Date d'édition : 1986

Reliure : Cloth

Etat du livre :Near Fine

Etat de la jaquette : Very Good+

Edition : 1st Edition

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Book by Lowry, Bates

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Selected from federal archives, the architectural drawings here range from early austere designs for the U.S. Capitol to several bold proposals for a Lincoln memorial, some of which are attributed to Rockwell Kent. There are works on a tiny scaleof ornamental detailswhile others are grand views of cities. Together the plates are a vivid, fascinating look at architectural vision and the construction process. In comparison, the text, by the director of the National Buildings Museum in Washington, does not live up to its title. Lowry devotes most of his attention to the design and construction of the Capitol and the mechanisms for overseeing the building of other federal edifices. He catalogues changing styles, which were largely adapted from Europe, and explores the politics and in-fighting over federal building design. Ultimately, Lowry's narrative belies his thesis that federal government buildings reflect the nation's "uniqueness" and its "special destiny as a political body whose power came solely from the consent of its people."
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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