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Buildings of Nevada (Buildings of the United States) Hardcover – October 19, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0195141399 ISBN-10: 0195141393

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Product Details

  • Series: Buildings of the United States
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 19, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195141393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195141399
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,867,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Buildings of Nevada, the latest volume in the Society of Architectural Historian's Buildings of the United States series, demonstrates how rich and interesting the subject state's built environment actually is when approached from a serious, scholarly perspective. This volume is indispensable for anyone with an interest in the built environment who lives in or visits the state. But it is also an important reference work. Together with other volumes in the series, Buildings of Nevada gives an unparalleled, in-depth view of the complex multifacted nature of what we have put on the land."--American Studies International

"...the most complete guide of its kind for Nevada. Highly recommended as a monograph and series, this will become a classic."--Library Journal

"A significant contribution....endeavoring to provide a more balanced and comprehensive view of Sin City and the Silver State."--Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians"

About the Author


Julie Nicoletta teaches architectural history at the University of Washington, and is the co-author, with photographer Bret Morgan, of the acclaimed Architecture of the Shakers. Morgan is based in Marin County, California.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The one and only book on this subject, BUILDINGS OF NEVADA is thoroughly researched and wittily opinionated. It ventures far beyond the familiar territory of Hoover Dam and Las Vegas, to explore boom towns and ghost towns, courthouses and whorehouses.
It will be indispensable for anyone interested in understanding the history and psychology of the Old West. Loaded with helpful maps and photos, it's also a great travel companion for anyone who interested in seeing more of Nevada than the view from I-80.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you think it's all just casinos and tacky wedding chapels, read this book. Who would have thought Nevada, of all places, had such a rich architectural heritage? Nicoletta covers the history of Nevada, from wickiups to atomic test sites to the latest reinvention of the Las Vegas Strip, and everything in between, with clarity, conciseness, and keen observation. Her descriptions, precise without being dry or overly technical, bring to life not only the buildings but the individuals and communities that built them. I can open this book to any random page and be hooked by a fascinating, unexpected tidbit. The book also contains a helpful glossary of architectural terms, a thorough bibliography, and index. My only complaint is I would have liked even more of Bret Morgan's excellent photographs.
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Nevada gained its first book to examine its statewide architectural environment when "Buildings of Nevada" was published by the Society of Architectural Historians and Oxford University Press in 2000. Unfortunately, it cannot be said that Nevada gained a comprehensive book as the sixth volume in the Buildings of the United States series feels lacking, empty like the Nevada desert.

One could argue that what is lacking from "Buildings of Nevada" is not a sign of the book's deficient and cursory nature but a reflection of the state architecturally and that it is unfair to compare it with, say, "Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont (Buildings of the United States) (Vol 1)" published around the same time. It is true that Richard Guy Wilson had more architectural "landmarks" (in the traditional sense) to include in his book than Julie Nicoletta had with "Buildings of Nevada", but the Washington, D.C. - Richmond corridor is replete with suburban mediocrity and sprawl on a scale and obtrusiveness to rival anywhere else, even Las Vegas. A more apt comparison is with the brilliant "Buildings of Alaska (Buildings of the United States)" volume, an eye-openingly comprehensive work that succeeded in showing the nation that supposed architectural backwaters have architectural landscapes on par with much more highly touted states. "Buildings of Nevada" frankly fails to do for the Silver State what "Buildings of Alaska" did for the Land of the Midnight Sun.

The author herself indicates that "Buildings of Nevada" is not comprehensive.
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By A Customer on October 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The one and only book on this subject, BUILDINGS OF NEVADA is thoroughly researched and wittily opinionated. It ventures far beyond the familiar territory of Hoover Dam and Las Vegas, to explore boom towns and ghost towns, courthouses and whorehouses.
It will be indispensable for anyone interested in understanding the history and psychology of the Old West. Loaded with helpful maps and photos, it's also a great travel companion for anyone who interested in seeing more of Nevada than the view from I-80.
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This book, while rich in its coverage of buildings throughout the Sagebrush State, does have its drawbacks. Some of the quotations regarding the architects list incorrect names that were taken from other sources that were incorrect. (Example: There is no John M. Curtis, architect in Nevada. John M. Curtis was a California architect! The name is taken from another book that incorrectly quotes his name as the Nevada Architect. Morrill Joseph CURTIS is the actual architect that designed buildings in Nevada.) Also, there is a dearth of pictures and coverage of private homes and mansions. (Space may be the issue here). In some cases, the designation for certain architectural buildings such as certain blocks within the towns is unclear: a map would have helped. Overall, the book is worthwhile, but do not trust its content 100%!
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