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Carrere & Hastings, Architects Hardcover – Box set, December 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0926494428 ISBN-10: 0926494422 Edition: Slipcase

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  • Hardcover: 732 pages
  • Publisher: Acanthus Press; Slipcase edition (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0926494422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0926494428
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 9.7 x 3.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,542,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(EXCERPT) THE new two-volume monograph Carrere & Hastings Architects is the first book to shine a spotlight on an effervescent design team whose legacy in New York has been lasting, from its introduction of the Beaux-Arts style in the 1890s to its debonair skyscraper for the Standard Oil Company on lower Broadway in the 1920s. Published by Acanthus Press, this comprehensive account of the lifework of John Merven Carrere and Thomas Hastings depicts an organization international in scope with works from London to Vicksburg to Rome to Vancouver but at the same time supremely grounded in New York, dedicated to the civilizing possibilities of the new metropolis. The two volumes, with contributions from Mark Alan Hewitt, Kate Lemos, William Morrison and Charles D. Warren, naturally pay great attention to the men s best-known commissions in New York, like the Frick mansion and the New York Public Library. What is unusual is the attention they pay to the other works which form a network suggesting a comprehensive view of what could truly be a City Beautiful. Bringing an intelligence and sophistication to New York that has never been surpassed, the two designers arrived in the early 1880s after several years at the ??cole des Beaux-Arts, white hot with the newest ideas from Paris. They both worked for a few years in the offices of McKim, Mead & White until their professional association began in 1885. (EXCERPT) --The New York Times

The 11-pound, two-volume boxed set...seems to be the product of another era an oevre complete to rival the early twentieth-century four-volume on McKim, Mead & White. The wide margins, heavy stock, and light sheen of the paper that enhance the elegance of the gray-toned historical photographs all suggest that the work of Carrere & Hastings deserves to share the honors accorded their more celebrated contemporaries... the essays of the four authors are substantive...overall architectural quality and civic importance of Carrere & Hastings' work emerges clearly. --Journal of the Society of Architecural Historians

About the Author

MARK ALAN HEWITT is an architect, teacher, and writer with special interests in American architecture, historic preservation, and the classical tradition in art. He has taught at Rice and Columbia universities and at the University of Pennsylvania, and he is currently an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers. His numerous publications on architecture include The Architect and the American Country House (Yale, 1990) and Gustav Stickley s Craftsman Farms (Syracuse, 2001). KATE LEMOS is an architectural historian and preservationist. A native of Newcastle, Maine, she studied architectural history at Brown University. Graduate studies at Columbia University brought her to New York City, where she has resided since 1998. As a preservation consultant and architectural historian, she has worked on a wide range of preservation projects in New York, New Jersey, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C., involving historical research and interpretation, restoration, and innovative modern interventions. WILLIAM MORRISON is a historian and editor of Acanthus Press forthcoming series Elements of Architecture. He is the author of a book on the history and architecture of Broadways theaters, as well as Acanthus Press 2002 release The Main Line: Country Houses of Philadelphia s Storied Suburb. He lives in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. CHARLES D. WARREN is a professional architect and architectural historian. Since 1987, Warren has led his own architectural firm, Charles Warren, Architect, which designs projects in diverse locations from New England to Florida, as well as in metropolitan New York, where the practice is based. In addition, Charles Warren has published numerous essays on architecture.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Acanthus Press has packaged an extensive collection of archival photography with the lucid and expert essays of four appreciative observers of Beaux-Arts and Eclectic architecture to produce this monumental, two-volume tribute to John Carrere and Thomas Hastings. The architectural quality of the firm's work is reflected in the lavish production values assigned to book. This seems particularly apt since since Carrere & Hastings included among their commissions the New York Public Library. The quality of the Gilded Age firm's work was matched by the volume and range of its output: hotels, retail and office buildings, country estates, city mansions, theatres, institutional buildings, churches, monuments and exhibitions. Through these many projects, Carrere & Hastings put their stamp on the face of the nation and helped define an age. In addition to preserving the memory of many buildings that have long ago been replaced by less aesthetically pleasing structures, the text surprises with insights and vignettes on C&H, the period in which the firm operated and even public policy. Essayist Charles D. Warren's contribution on civic architecture provides an excellent introduction to the evolution of policy and practice in the awarding of architectural contracts on government buildings, beginning with the Tarnsey Act of 1893. Essayist William Morrison, who has made a specialty of the study of Broadway theater architecture, applies it here, but extends his reach to a range of other commercial buildings, with a special focus on C&H's hotels--too few of which survive. The credentials of the writers have produced text that is both authoritative and accessible.Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Deason on January 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If I could award this book ten stars I would, it's that good. Acanthus Press puts out gorgeous, well researched books and this could be their best publishing to date. Carrere and Hastings excelled in the grand Beaux Art style and it is so refreshing that so much of their work has survived. This is an exhaustive, scholarly piece of art and the author, Kate Lemos should be proud of this work. I was aware of much of the architecture of this Carrere and Hastings, but was surprised at the breath of their work. The images in this book are fantastic and the text is highly informative. If you have any interest in Carrere and Hastings or Guilded Age architecture, or just frankly appreciates gorgeous books, then you will love this book. In a word, spectacular.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Duncan Berry on May 18, 2011
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A delicious pleasure from start to finish, this ranks quite easily as one of the towering achievements of scholarship on American Beaux-Arts architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Solid presentation of fact, robust analyses, and amply illustrated, this one study almost single-handedly commands the larger perspective of an entire generation's architectural output in order to clarify the nuances and accomplishments of one of the most visible -- yet least known -- components of the pre-Modernist aspirations America had for her built environment. Exquisite production values, thorough and reliable editing, and an aristocratic approach to seeing the big picture make this is an *essential* addition to my library.
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