From Library Journal
This opulent book is a highly personal and somewhat unconventional view of the Greek Revival in America during the first half of the 19th century. Written with obvious feeling by noted social historian Kennedy, it advances the argument that the Greek Revival arose not from the desire to emulate ancient Greece but from the psychological and sexual anxieties of individuals. Kennedy covers considerable ground in this provocative study, from Jefferson's role in shaping the early republic to the stylistic contributions of A.J. Davis and Benjamin Latrobe. One appendix provides a useful list of important Greek Revival buildings in America. Worth acquiring for the illustrations alone--there are over 190 spectacular color photographs--this book should interest social and architectural historians alike.
- H. Ward Jandl, National Park Service, Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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"With hundreds of full-color photographs specially commissioned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation along with illuminmating illustrations, the book demonstrates the lasting importance of the Greek style and its impact in America evidenced in iconic buildings including churches, banks, government offices and private estates." ~Luxist
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