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Paris on the Potomac: The French Influence on the Architecture and Art of Washington, D.C. (Perspectives on the Art and Architectural History of the United States Capitol)

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In 1910 John Merven Carrandegrave;re, a Paris-trained American architect, wrote, andldquo;Learning from Paris made Washington outstanding among American cities.andrdquo; The five essays in Paris on the Potomac explore aspects of this influence on the artistic and architectural environment of Washington, D.C., which continued long after the well-known contributions of Peter Charles Landrsquo;Enfant, the transplanted French military officer who designed the cityandrsquo;s plan.

Isabelle Gournayandrsquo;s introductory essay provides an overview and examines the context and issues involved in three distinct periods of French influence: the classical and Enlightenment principles that prevailed from the 1790s through the 1820s, the Second Empire style of the 1850s through the 1870s, and the Beaux-Arts movement of the early twentieth century. William C. Allen and Thomas P. Somma present two case studies: Allen on the influence of French architecture, especially the Halle aux Blandeacute;s, on Thomas Jeffersonandrsquo;s vision of the U.S. Capitol; and Somma on David dandrsquo;Angersandrsquo;s busts of George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. Liana Paredes offers a richly detailed examination of French-inspired interior decoration in the homes of Washingtonandrsquo;s elite in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Cynthia R. Field concludes the volume with a consideration of the influence of Paris on city planning in Washington, D.C., including the efforts of the McMillan Commission and the later development of the Federal Triangle complex.

The essays in this collection, the latest addition to the series Perspectives on the Art and Architectural History of the United States Capitol, originated in a conference held by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society in 2002 at the French Embassyandrsquo;s Maison Franandccedil;aise.

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Part of the series Perspectives on the Art and Architectural History of the United States Capitol, this title originated at a conference held by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society in 2002. The five essays presented explore French influences on the artistic and architectural environment of Washington, D.C., after the well-known contribution of Peter Charles L'Enfant, and covers the topics of the Jefferson-Latrobe collaboration, David d'Angers's busts of Washington and Lafayette in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building, Francophilia among government officers and the Washington elite, interpreting the influence of Paris on the planning of the capitol, 1870-1930, and architects and the French connection in Washington, D.C. Illustrations are mainly with black-and-white photographs. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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In 1910 John Merven Carrandegrave;re, a Paris-trained American architect, wrote, andldquo;Learning from Paris made Washington outstanding among American cities.andrdquo; The five essays in Paris on the Potomac explore aspects of this influence on the artistic and architectural environment of Washington, D.C., which continued long after the well-known contributions of Peter Charles Landrsquo;Enfant, the transplanted French military officer who designed the cityandrsquo;s plan.

About the Author

Cynthia R. Field is an architectural historian and the chair of the Office of Architectural History and Historic Preservation, associate director of the Office of Physical Plant at the Smithsonian Institution, and coauthor of The Castle: An Illustrated History of the Smithsonian Building.

Isabelle Gournay is an associate professor of architecture at the University of Maryland, College Park, and author of Le Nouveau Trocadandeacute;ro and the AIA Guide to the Architecture of Atlanta.

Thomas P. Somma is the director of the Mary Washington University Galleries at Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and author of The Apotheosis of Democracy, 1908andndash;1916: The Pediment for the House Wing of the United States Capitol.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780821417591
Subtitle:
The French Influence on the Architecture and Art of Washington, D.C.
Author:
Field, Cynthia R.
Editor:
Somma, Thomas P.
Editor:
Field, Cynthia R.; Gournay, Isabelle; Somma, Thomas P.
Editor:
Gournay, Isabelle
Author:
Somma, Thomas P.
Author:
Gournay, Isabelle
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
City planning
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Design - Decorative
Subject:
U.S. Architecture - General
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Washington, d. c.
Subject:
Paris (France) Civilization.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Architecture-United States General
Subject:
Architecture -- History.
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Perspective On Art and Architect
Publication Date:
20071113
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
illustrations
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
10.00 x 7.00 in

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Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » History » General
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Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » United States » East
History and Social Science » US History » Colonial America

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In 1910 John Merven Carrandegrave;re, a Paris-trained American architect, wrote, andldquo;Learning from Paris made Washington outstanding among American cities.andrdquo; The five essays in Paris on the Potomac explore aspects of this influence on the artistic and architectural environment of Washington, D.C., which continued long after the well-known contributions of Peter Charles Landrsquo;Enfant, the transplanted French military officer who designed the cityandrsquo;s plan.

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