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The Architecture of Harry Weese Hardcover – October 18, 2010
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[P]rovides a thorough and insightful account of the wide-range career of an amazingly multifaceted architect, which is long overdue. (DOCOMOMO)
[T]his is not the usual hagiographic posthumous monograph. But it does reveal Weese’s protean talent for manipulating forms, angling views and windows in unpredictable ways, and respecting and reinterpreting the past. (Architect)
This book is worth reading for any architecture buff who is not only intrigued with large public projects…but also with innovative modern residential design. (DC by Design)
This book paints an astonishingly full picture of a very gifted, extremely prolific, but, until recently largely unknown American architect. Bruegmann has carefully researched Weese's life and he tells a story which could be regarded as essential reading for anyone setting out on a life in architecture.... [T]he sheer amount and quality of work produced by Weese is extraordinary and his contribution to the built environment in America and beyond is very significant. Time spent reading Bruegmann's sensitive story and pouring over Skolnik's beautiful catalogue will be time well spent. (RIAS Quarterly)
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For the first time, this book tells the story of the life and designs of this architect who was trained at MIT and Cranbrook. Its author Robert Bruegmann is the foremost historian on Chicago architecture, having written The Architects and the City: Holabird & Roche of Chicago, 1880-1918. Unlike many other illustrated architecture books, the story is the central focus with a vivid account of the complex artist Harry Weese and the buildings he loved to create.
Weese exuberantly embraced the built environment. He loved vernacular architecture, learning more from it than most of his contemporaries. He even said that once built, a structure should be considered a landmark until proven otherwise. A pioneering preservationist, Weese planned the restoration of Chicago’s Auditorium Theater evem before he arrived in Chicago to set up his practice. He later picketed the demolition of Adler and Sullivan’s Garrick Theater, refused to provide architectural service for the site of the demolished Stock Exchange, and recognized the historic significance of the “L”, calling it Chicago’s “Eiffel Tower”. “The things we own in common,” Weese wrote, “are the measure of civilization and what we preserve of these is the civilization.” Contrast all this with Frank Gehry’s recent pronouncement that “98 percent of what gets built today is s***” and you have two very different architectural viewpoints.Read more ›