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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; New edition edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586854631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586854638
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,249,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the first book to truly explore the origins of the American Arts & Crafts Movement. A group in San Francisco began constructing simpler buildings and furnishing them with what eventually was called Mission furniture. This lead to the nationwide popularization of Craftsman homes and furniture by Stickley and others. If you have an interest in Architecture or the "Arts & Crafts" you should read this book. By 
Harold A. Wright (San Francisco)


Ms. Freudenheim's well-written book shows how new architectureal styles happen, using the SF Bay Area and the development of the Arts & Crafts style as a perfect example. Her excellent research and engaging style shows, in words and photos, how a web of people and buildings continually interact and thus result in a new style. This book will be enjoyed by anyone interested in the Arts and Crafts style, either as a home owner, collector, scholar, or as a total observer of the Arts and Crafts movement and it's recent resurgence. Enjoy! Paul T. Roberts, San Francisco

 
Leslie Freudenheim has captured an era that has given great beauty to our lives. With grace and wisdom she has presented the San Francisco Bay Area as a landscape filled with the richness of the architectural geniuses who gave the area their distinctive creations. The beauty of the arts and crafts buildings complements nature, and bonds our living spaces into it. The author has, with a great deal of style, significantly enriched our experience of this fine period in our history. Steven Swig, San Francisco

 "Building With Nature," (1974), brought attention to the Bay Region's Architectural tradition--the progenitor of simple homes, inspired by Bernard Maybeck and Charles Keeler among others, and as an influence on residential architecture of subsequent generations. In this new book, Freudenheim explores indigenous forms of California architecture, and reveals the relationship between natural building and environmental sensitivity to the international Arts & Crafts Movement. The book is a must for any Arts & Crafts devotee, or architectural historian.Robert M. Craig author, Georgia

This is a very important reexamination of the American origins of the Arts and Crafts Movement and the major contibutions of a small group of Bay Area designers. The central role is occupied by the Reverend Joseph Worcester who created one of the true landmarks of the movement with the Church of the New Jerusalem in San Francisco. The author provides new context and a great amount of new reseach. This book is a major accomplishment. By Arts & Crafts Scholar, Washington, DC

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Much has been written about the Arts & Crafts spirit of Californians, their appreciation of the land, their desire to build simple yet interesting houses that connect with the outdoors (sleeping porches, gardens, verandas, terraces, and so on), and their love of natural building materials. This revised edition of a foundation classic focuses on the beginnings (1865 and on) of environmentalism and Arts & Crafts collaboration in California, and the origins of the trend toward building simple rustic homes in harmony with nature.

Freudenheim and Sussman explore how and why a small, influential group of Californians (including Joseph Worcester, Bernard Maybeck, Charles Keeler, William Keith, Charles Lummis, A. Page Brown, and others)--all of whom had come from the East or from England--were especially devoted to Ruskin and the Arts & Crafts and how this combined with their dedication to preserve California's natural beauty to create a unique architectural movement.

Building with Nature: Development of the California Arts & Crafts Home presents some revolutionary ideas, including exciting new material on the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church, now a National Landmark and considered to be the model for several lines of Mission-style furniture; new information on the architectural development of Russian hill; and the similarities and differences of the almost simultaneous development of the Arts & Crafts movements in England and the Bay Area. Freudenheim examines how Worcester and his circle encouraged less materialism through architecture that complemented a simpler life in tune with nature, and includes letters from Worcester to his cousin, architect Daniel H. Burnham, along with previously unpublished original documents relating to architectural developments in the Bay Area at the turn of the century.

Leslie Freudenheim, with coauthor Elisabeth Sussman, did pioneering research on the Arts & Crafts movement and its architectural manifestations in the San Francisco Bay region. This collaboration resulted in the publication of Building with Nature: Roots of the San Francisco Bay Region Tradition (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 1974).

Subsequently, Freudenheim continued her work in architectural history. She wrote a weekly column on architecture and urban affairs for the Baltimore Sun, and contributed to the Washington Post and Museum News. Thereafter she served as Editor of Federal Design Matters for the Design Department, National Endowment for the Arts, and while living in Berlin (1999-2000) wrote on art and architecture for DieWelt and Art News. Since 2001 she has returned to studying the architectural and social roots of the Arts & Crafts movement in California. Freudenheim lives in Washington, D.C.

Elisabeth Sussman is a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her recent exhibitions and catalogues include Eva Hesse: A Retrospective and Diane Arbus: Revelations (both originated at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art). Sussman lives in New York City.


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Leslie Mandelson Freudenheim (1941- ) has also published as Leslie M. Freudenheim and Leslie Freudenheim. She was brought up in Piedmont, CA until she attended Smith College in MA. After college she worked at the Jewish Museum where she got her first job and her husband Tom. At the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU she studied Romanesque and Gothic. When she & Tom returned to CA she interrupted work on her Ph.D. in Romanesque to write her first book (co-authored with Elisabeth Sussman): "Building with Nature, Roots of the San Francisco Bay Region Style."

In 1971 she and Tom moved to Baltimore where she gave birth to Sascha and Adam between writing a weekly column on Modern Architecture, Historic Preservation and City Planning for the Evening Sun and teaching architectural history at Goucher College. Sascha now works in NYC for Resnicow Schroeder Associates (RSA) helping non-profits with board development, strategic planning, public relations and more. Adam lives in London and owns Pushkin Press, which publishes literature and children's books with an emphasis on beautiful books as well as ebooks. When "Building with Nature, Roots of the San Francisco Bay Region Style" was published in 1974 it sold 6,000 copies.

In 1982, having moved to Washington, D.C. Freudenheim assisted with "Capital Drawings: Architectural Designs for Washington, D.C., from the Library of Congress." She published "Building with Nature: Inspiration for the Arts and Crafts Home" in 2005 (a more in depth examination of the Arts & Crafts Movement's American origins and the cult of William Morris in the S.F. Bay Area). This book was also published by Gibbs Smith. The hard cover has sold over 5,000 copies and is now out on Kindle. In 2007 she was named a Library Laureate of the San Francisco Public Library. She has delivered more than 28 lectures including at the Buffalo and San Francisco Museums of Fine Arts and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


While living in Berlin Freudenheim published on museum issues in various newspapers and on Frank Gehry's DG Bank building (the so-called "whale") in Die Welt, The New Berlin section. While in London 2001-2003 she helped research, catalog and select work for "Rare 20th Century Propaganda Posters" and then located photographs used in the Victoria and Albert's major Art Deco exhibition "Art Deco 1910-1939." Freudenheim currently lives in Manhattan where she advocates for renewable energy including Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from organic waste ("garbage into gold") and opposes Fracked Natural Gas (FNG) which unless further regulated will continue to cause earthquakes and may poison our water. She also volunteers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Noticing that there is no short biography on Frank Lloyd Wright that is both well researched and enticing she wrote one (co-authored with Pia Abate). The pair will soon self-publish "Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man who Played with Blocks, A Short Biography for Children of All Ages."



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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul T. Roberts on February 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Freudenheim has provided us with a very well-written book about how new and developing architectureal styles happen, using the SF Bay Area and the development of the Arts and Crafts style as a perfect example. Ms. Freudenheim's excellant research and engaging style shows, in words and photos, how a web of people and buildings continually interact and thus result in a new style. In this greatly expanded edition of a now hard-to-find great original book, we learn about these people, their interactions, and how this resulted in a new archtectural style. This book will be enjoyed by anyone interested in the Arts and Crafts style, either as a home owner, collector, scholar, or as a total observer of the Arts and Crafts movement and it's recent resurgence. Enjoy!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harold A. Wright on January 21, 2006
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This is the first book to truly explore the origins of the American Arts & Crafts Movement. A group in San Francisco began constructing simpler buildings and furnishing them with what eventually was called Mission furniture. This lead to the nationwide popularization of Craftsman homes and furniture by Stickley and others. If you have an interest in Architecture or the "Arts & Crafts" you should read this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RMC on January 15, 2006
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Building With Nature, when first published in 1974, brought attention to Bay Region Architecture as a tradition, as the progenitor of simple homes, grounded on the philosophy of Bernard Maybeck and Charles Keeler among others, and as an influence on residential architecture of subsequent generations. In this new and significantly expanded book, Leslie Freudenheim broadens the inquiry toward a wider appreciation of indigenous forms of California architecture, and an understanding of the relation of natural building and environmental sensitivity to the international Arts and Crafts Movement. The book is a must for any Arts and Crafts devotee and architectural history, personal, or professional library.

Robert M. Craig [author, Bernard Maybeck at Principia College The Art and Craft of Building]
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