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Carrere & Hastings: The Masterworks Hardcover – October 11, 2011
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I have read so many first rate books on Beaux-Arts Architecture and its architects that I believe it has spoiled me into assuming all such books will be of similar top drawer quality.
Therefore, I opened "Carrere and Hastings, The Masterworks" assuming I would be as equally pleased as with the prior books. At first view it appeared that it would fulfill the standards of the other books; yet, as I flipped through the pages something was wrong with what I was not seeing. The photographs are exceedingly crisp and magnificent in their portrayal of the exterior and interior work of Carrere and Hastings. Perhaps their work is slightly too much a confection of architectural styles on steroids than some of their contemporary architects; but, nonetheless their architecture displays a spectacular use of their creative imagination. But, alas in this sea of glowing photographs, the authors Ossman and Ewing did not see fit to provide the reader with a single plan or layout of any of these masterworks. It is as though they denied us a very important dimension necessary to fully understand the work described and photographed. The authors could have taken a well placed layout clue from Samuel G. White's book "McKim, Mead & White, The Masterworks" or Michael Kathren's book "American Splendor, Horace Trumbauer's Residential Architecture"; two books that were filled with well drawn plans that were essential to enlightening the reader on the depth of each project. Absent plans, "Carrere and Hastings" still remains an excellent book; but, in my opinion its omission of plans makes it unworthy of including into one's library.
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Not only are the color photographs marvelous, but the text is equally engaging.
Well written and beautiful book on Carrere & Hastings, two great architects who are long... Read more
What a gorgeous book. I bought it for my brother who is an architect and he loved it. The photographs are stunning and the text is completely engaging for anyone with an... Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by C. Anderson
Excellent scholarship, writing, and photos. The author is clearly an expert in the field with a passion for the resources.Published on May 6, 2012 by HampTucker
The book was fascinating. I am not a professional architect, but i am a visual person and I was taken for a great tour of these house, which were put in a context that was very... Read morePublished on April 19, 2012 by jjjjj
After Rizzoli published the beautiful volume "McKim, Mead and White: The Masterworks" by Samuel G. White, I was hoping for a similar presentation of the work of Carrere & Hastings. Read morePublished on February 4, 2012 by Zootsuit Riot