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American Country Houses of the Gilded Age: (Sheldon's by A. Lewis PDF

By A. Lewis

ISBN-10: 048624301X

ISBN-13: 9780486243016

The "Gilded Age," the 3 many years following the Civil battle, have been years of marvelous monetary progress. tremendous empires in oil, delivery, mining, banking, lumber, transportation, and similar industries have been shaped. It used to be an period within which fortunes have been made and misplaced fast, nearly simply; a interval that inspired ― approximately demanded ― the general public demonstrate of this newly got wealth, strength, and status. It was once in the course of those heady, turbulent years new kind of household structure first seemed at the American panorama. known as the "country seat" or "cottage," those homes have been grandiose in scale ― enforcing facades complemented through manicured gardens, with quite huge and ambitious reception rooms, halls, parlors, eating rooms, and different public parts. meant solely for the very well-to-do, those structures have been designed by means of many of the best and so much influential architectural corporations in the USA: McKim, Mead & White; Bruce rate; Peabody & Stearns; Theophilus P. Chandler, Jr.; Lamb & wealthy; Wilcox & Johnston; etc.
The first, top, and such a lot beautiful documentation of this surge of architectural creativity was once the 1886–87 book of George William Sheldon's Artistic Country-Seats: forms of contemporary American Villa and Cottage structure with situations of Country-Club Houses. It awarded highly effective photos, in actual fact certain plans and elevations, in addition as Sheldon's personal statement for a complete of ninety seven structures (93 homes and four casinos). such a lot structures were situated in new England and the center Atlantic states, and embraced the entire spectrum of architectural and creative expressions. This current quantity reproduces all of Sheldon's attention-grabbing and traditionally very important images and plans, and provides a brand new, completely actual textual content by way of Arnold Lewis (Professor of paintings, the school of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio) that incorporates the main beneficial details provided by means of Sheldon and in addition studies at the current situation of every apartment or on line casino, offering analyses of elevations and plans, observations approximately relatives existence within the Eighties, and short biographical reviews in regards to the consumers and designers.
Sheldon's images attach us with a time and elegance of residing that this day more and more appear extra the area of fiction than truth. but, within the pages of this significant assortment, they're introduced clean to existence as they seemed after they have been new and occasions have been very diversified.

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