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What turns a building into an icon? What is it about some structures that makes their history and legend even more important than their original intended use, making them a part of American, and world, popular culture? Twenty four buildings and structures, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the White House, the Hotel del Coronado, and the Washington Monument are presented here, along with their roles in fiction, film, music, and the imagination of people worldwide. Approximately twenty five images are included in the set, along with sidebars featuring additional structures. *Alamo *Alcatraz *Brooklyn Bridge *Capitol Building *East Los Angeles Freeway Interchange *Empire State Building *Fallingwater *Golden Gate Bridge *Graceland *Grand Central Terminal *Hoover Dam *Hotel del Coronado *Independence Hall *Lincoln Memorial *Monticello *Pentagon *San Simeon *Sears Tower *Statue of Liberty *USS Arizona Memorial — Pearl Harbor and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial *Vehicle Assembly Building, NASA *Walt Disney Concert Hall, Walt Disney World (FL) and Disneyland (CA) *Washington Monument *White House *World Trade Center and more.

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This two-volume encyclopedia of "iconic" examples of American architecture, part of the Greenwood Icons series, discusses 24 of the most memorable structures such as Alcatraz Prison, the Empire State Building and the Washington Monument. Langmead (architecture and design, U. of South Australia) explains the historical significance of each icon by exploring the reasons why it was built and how it became an icon. He provides an architect's view of the unique features of each structure and even provides details on the costs and challenges of construction. He provides plenty of illustrations and photographs of these icons—the images of the Golden Gate Bridge while under construction are particularly striking—and he includes a glossary that makes this reference equally accessible to architectural students and general readers. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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What it is about a building that turns it into an icon, a symbol of heritage, legend, or high ideal far beyond its original intent and use? This two volume set seeks to identify twenty four of the most iconic buildings and structures in American history, and examine what it is about them that has made them more than just a bridge, a hotel, an office building. Often appearing in novels, films, and song lyrics, and as part of inexpensive souvenirs for tourists, these structures have become part of American, and world, popular culture.

Synopsis:

Twenty four American buildings and structures whose history and legends have become part of popular culture are presented here, including bridges, government buildings, hotels, and monuments.

Table of Contents

List of Photos

Series Foreword

Preface &Acknowledgements

Volume 1

The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Alcatraz, San Francisco, California

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

Empire State Building, New York City

Fallingwater, Bear Run, Pennsylvania

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Califorina

Graceland Mansion, Memphis, Tennessee

Grand Central Terminal, New York City

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California

Hoover Dam, Colorado River, Nevada/Arizona

Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, California

Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC

Volume 2

Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia

Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia

Sears Tower, Chicago, Illinois

Statue of Liberty, New York City

United Nations Headquarters, New York City

United States Capitol, Washington, DC

USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, DC

Washington Monument, Washington, DC

White House, Washington, DC

World Trade Center, New York City

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780313342073
Author:
Langmead, Donald
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group
Subject:
General
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
General Architecture
Subject:
U.S. Architecture - General
Subject:
Architecture -- United States.
Subject:
Architecture and society -- United States.
Subject:
General Art
Subject:
History
Subject:
General Reference
Subject:
Architecture-United States General
Subject:
Architecture -- History.
Series:
Greenwood Icons < p>Icons of American Architecture: From the Alamo to the World Trade Center < /p>
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
632
Dimensions:
10.20x7.20x1.90 in. 3.60 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , What it is about a building that turns it into an icon, a symbol of heritage, legend, or high ideal far beyond its original intent and use? This two volume set seeks to identify twenty four of the most iconic buildings and structures in American history, and examine what it is about them that has made them more than just a bridge, a hotel, an office building. Often appearing in novels, films, and song lyrics, and as part of inexpensive souvenirs for tourists, these structures have become part of American, and world, popular culture.
"Synopsis" by , Twenty four American buildings and structures whose history and legends have become part of popular culture are presented here, including bridges, government buildings, hotels, and monuments.
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