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An American Renaissance: Beaux-Arts Architecture in New York City

Author/EditorDodd, Phillip James (Author)
Wallen, Jonathan (Author)
Fellowes, Julian (Author)
ISBN: 9781864706819
Pub Date01/12/2021
BindingHardback
Pages412
Dimensions (mm)356(h) * 280(w)
Beautifully photographed, with insightful analysis in terms of both traditional and contemporary contexts, An American Renaissance is a significant compendium of New York City's architecture in the quintessential Beaux-Arts style.
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In the history of the United States, the Gilded Age, a term first coined by Mark Twain, is associated with an era of unparalleled growth, prosperity and cultural change - mansions in Newport; F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby; and the creation of the modern metropolis that we now recognise as New York City. Spanning from the 1880s to the 1930s, this period is also fittingly referred to as the American Renaissance. ...And just like in the Italian Renaissance, an elite group ruled New York. These were the titans of American finance and industry whose unprecedented, and unchecked, power and wealth was supreme in the land - Astor, Carnegie, Morgan, Rockefeller, and Vanderbilt. To this wealthy elite, it was not enough that the city merely be the nation's financial capital. Their collective dream was to create a new city, a new metropolis that would also become the nation's cultural capital. Simply put, their dream was to create a new "Paris on the Hudson" - and to do that they needed architecture rich in grandeur, full of historical reference, and dripping in embellishment, to flaunt their wealth and power to the world. Enter the Beaux-Arts style.

In the history of the United States, the Gilded Age, a term first coined by Mark Twain, is associated with an era of unparalleled growth, prosperity and cultural change - mansions in Newport; F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby; and the creation of the modern metropolis that we now recognise as New York City. Spanning from the 1880s to the 1930s, this period is also fittingly referred to as the American Renaissance. ...And just like in the Italian Renaissance, an elite group ruled New York. These were the titans of American finance and industry whose unprecedented, and unchecked, power and wealth was supreme in the land - Astor, Carnegie, Morgan, Rockefeller, and Vanderbilt. To this wealthy elite, it was not enough that the city merely be the nation's financial capital. Their collective dream was to create a new city, a new metropolis that would also become the nation's cultural capital. Simply put, their dream was to create a new "Paris on the Hudson" - and to do that they needed architecture rich in grandeur, full of historical reference, and dripping in embellishment, to flaunt their wealth and power to the world. Enter the Beaux-Arts style.

Phillip James Dodd is one of today's foremost experts on classical architecture and interiors. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, he is an alumnus of the prestigious Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture in London. He moved to America more than 20 years ago, and after training with some of the most recognised classical architecture firms in the country founded his eponymous design firm Phillip James Dodd: Bespoke Residential Design LLC. Since then, he has become one of the most sought-after young residential designers practicing today, with designs that can be found in Manhattan, Greenwich, Palm Beach, and as far away as Bangalore, India. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States on the subject of classical architecture, and is the author of two best-selling books, The Art of Classical Details: Theory Design & Craftsmanship (2013) and An Ideal Collaboration (2015). With more than 35 years of photography experience, Jonathan Wallen has been the principal photographer on more than twenty books on architecture, including titles on McKim, Mead & White, Warren and Wetmore, and John Russell Pope. He has completed photography for volumes on The Library of Congress and The National Archives, and has shot for several history and nature guidebooks for the Smithsonian Institution and The National Gallery of Art. His work extends to residential and commercial clients as well as for nonprofit organisations in Africa, such as Hands of Mothers, Brick by Brick Uganda, and Yamba Malawi. His photography of genocide survivors in Rwanda has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. Julian Fellowes is the acclaimed creator, writer and executive producer of the hugely popular Downton Abbey, for which he has won three Emmys, a Golden Globe, a Special BAFTA, and many other industry awards. He is an Academy Award-winning writer for Gosford Park (2001) directed by Robert Altman. He also wrote the scripts for the films Vanity Fair and Young Victoria, the Broadway musicals Mary Poppins and School of Rock, as well as television series Belgravia and The English Game. He is currently working on a new period television series for HBO, titled The Gilded Age. Julian was made a peer, as Lord Fellowes of West Stafford, in January 2011.

Foreword - Julian Fellowes The American Renaissance - Richard Guy Wilson Introduction Williamsburgh Savings Bank Samuel Tilden House General Grant National Memorial Gould Memorial Library and the Hall of Fame for Great Americans The University Club Soldiers and Sailors Monument The Metropolitan Museum of Art Joseph De Lamar Mansion James Burden Mansion The Pierpont Morgan Library Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House New York Public Library Grand Central Terminal Woolworth Building The Frick Collection Brooklyn Trust Company Building Otto Kahn Mansion Cunard Building New York Life Insurance Company Building Woodlawn Cemetery Appeal Acknowledgments Image Credits Selected Bibliography Index

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