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Long Island Modernism, 1930-1980by Caroline Rob Zaleski
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An essential reference for architecture buffs, historians, and everyone who lives on or visits Long Island today, this unique resource—the first illustrated history of Long Island’s modern architecture—is based on a survey conducted for the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA). It highlights the work within Suffolk and Nassau counties of a roster of twenty-five internationally renowned architects—among them Wallace Harrison, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcel Breuer, Edward Durell Stone, Richard Neutra, William Lescaze, Gordon Chadwick for George Nelson, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson, Paul Rudolph, and Richard Meier.
Caroline Rob Zaleski’s research on the work of key figures in twentieth-century architecture; the relatively unknown aspects of their production; and their associations with clients, artists, and politicians is complemented by more than three hundred striking archival photographs, specially commissioned new photography, and plans. Zaleski documents the development of exurbia and the rise of visionary structures: residences for commuters and weekenders, public housing, houses of worship, universities, shopping centers, and office complexes. In this part architectural, part social history, she explains why modernism was embraced by Long Island’s civic, cultural, and business leaders—as well as by those who wanted to settle away from the city—during an epoch when open space was prime for development. An inventory of important architects, with their Long Island commissions by date and location, complements the main text.
Chronicles a rich and little-known array of architecture on the island, a hotbed of modernism from the thirties on.
Supported by the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, Caroline Zaleski has uncovered a trove of buildings designed by a roster of internationally renowned architects including Wallace Harrison, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcel Breuer, Edward Durell Stone, Richard Neutra, William Lescaze, Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson, Paul Rudolph, Richard Meier, and many more. Zaleski's research about the work of key figures in twentieth-century architecture and relatively unknown aspects of their production and their associations with clients, artists, and politicians is complemented by many archival photographs supplemented by new photography and plans. She documents the development of suburbia and the rise of visionary modern structures--houses, churches, schools, office complexes--commissioned by the island's civic and business leaders, an essential reference for architecture buffs, historians, and everyone who lives on or visits Long Island today.
About the Author
A historian/preservationist and former director of the Preservation League of New York State, Caroline Rob Zaleski lives in New York City.
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