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Architecture and Planning of Graham, Anderson, Probst and White, 1912-1936: Transforming Tradition (Chicago Architecture & Urbanism)

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Fascinated by change, architectural historians of the modernist generation generally filled their studies with accounts of new developments and innovations. In her book, Sally A. Kitt Chappell focuses instead on the subtler but more pervasive change that took place in the mainstream of American architecture in the period. Graham, Anderson, Probst and White, one of the leading American firms of the turn of the century, transformed traditional canons and made creative adaptations of standard forms to solve some of the largest architectural problems of their timesand#8212;in railroad stations, civic monuments, banks, offices, and department stores. Chappell's study shows how this firm exemplified the changing urban hierarchy of the American city in the early twentieth century. Their work emerges here as both an index and a reflection of the changing urban values of the twentieth century.

Interpreting buildings as cultural artifacts as well as architectural monuments, Chappell illuminates broader aspects of American history, such as the role of public-private collaboration in city making, the image of women reflected in the specially created feminine world of the department store, the emergence of the idea of an urban group in the heyday of soaringly individual skyscrapers, and the new importance of electricity in the social order. It is Chappell's contention that what people cherish and preserve says more about them than what they discard in favor of the new. Working from this premise, she considers the values conserved by architects under the pressures of ever changing demands. Her work enlarges the scope of inquiry to include ordinary buildings as well as major monuments, thus offering a view of American architecture of the period at once more intimate and more substantial than any seen until now.

Richly illustrated with photographs and plans, this volume also includes handsome details of such first-rate works as the Thirtieth Street Station in Philadelphia, the Cleveland Terminal Group, and the Wrigley Building in Chicago.

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Graham, Anderson, Probst and White, one of the leading American architectural firms of the turn of the century, transformed traditional canons and adapted standard forms to solve some of the largest architectural problems of their times--in railroad stations, civic monuments, banks, offices, and department stores. Chappell (art, DePaul U.) shows how this firm exemplified the changing urban hierarchy of the American city in the early 20th century. Includes 214 b&w illustrations.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

List of IllustrationsCatalogue Raisonne: List of EntriesAcknowledgmentsPrefaceIntroductionPART ONEHistoric Overview: A Mainstream Role in the Changing Values of the Early Twentieth CenturyPART TWOPrincipal Works: A Catalogue RaisonnePART THREEArchitects with a Rich Heritage: The Legacy of Daniel Burnham; History of the Firm; Biographical Sketches of the PartnersPART FOURCommission Register, 1912-36BibliographyIllustration CreditsIndex

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 305-309) and index.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Catalogue Raisonnandeacute;: List of Entries

Acknowledgments

Preface

Introduction

Part One

Historic Overview: A Mainstream Role in the Changing Values of the Early Twentieth Century

Part Two

Principal Works: A Catalogue Raisonnandeacute;

Part Three

Architects with a Rich Heritage: The Legacy of Daniel Burnham; History of the Firm; Biographical Sketches of the Partners

Part Four

Commission Register, 1912-36

Bibliography

Illustration Credits

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226101347
Author:
Chappell, Sally A. Kitt
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
Architecture, modern
Subject:
Individual Architect
Subject:
Graham, Anderson, Probst, White
Subject:
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- United States.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Individual Architects & Firms - General
Subject:
Architecture -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Architecture-Architects
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Chicago Architecture and Urbanism
Series Volume:
143
Publication Date:
19920631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
262 halftones
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , List of IllustrationsCatalogue Raisonne: List of EntriesAcknowledgmentsPrefaceIntroductionPART ONEHistoric Overview: A Mainstream Role in the Changing Values of the Early Twentieth CenturyPART TWOPrincipal Works: A Catalogue RaisonnePART THREEArchitects with a Rich Heritage: The Legacy of Daniel Burnham; History of the Firm; Biographical Sketches of the PartnersPART FOURCommission Register, 1912-36BibliographyIllustration CreditsIndex
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