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Walter Burley Griffin in America Hardcover – December 22, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1ST edition (December 22, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252021932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252021930
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,984,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the most original architects America has produced, Walter Burley Griffin worked in the shadow of his early colleague and employer, Frank Lloyd Wright. This has obscured Griffin's contributing role in Wright's architecture as well as the superb accomplishments of his own work as architect, landscape architect, and town planner. Walter Burley Griffin In America combines the richly detailed photographs of Mati Maldre and extensive research of Paul Kruty to provide the first complete visual record ever published of Griffin's surviving American work. The volume is accessible to the general reader, and indispensable to historians and students of architecture. Included are nearly 200 photographs of structures and landscapes designed by Griffin. Walter Burley Griffin In America also features a chronological catalog of standing buildings, a list of demolished works, a location guide, and a selected bibliography. Walter Burley Griffin In America is a splendid work of scholarship and a highly recommended addition to all architectural studies collections. -- Midwest Book Review

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David L. Rhodes on January 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is well researched, well designed and well executed. The photographs are entirely in B&W and are beautifully reproduced here. Walter Burley Griffin and his most talented wife Marion Mahony are still fighting their way out of the shadows of Frank Lloyd's Wright's "presence"..however this book greatly enhances our knowledge of the legacy the Griffin's built here. Bottom line, Walter and Marion were a powerful architectural team and Illinois/Iowa both house an unbelievable collection of their prairie school gems. I would highly reccommend this book as a starting point for anyone interested in exposing themselves to the Griffins are their influence on Frank Lloyd Wright and the prairie school. FYI the first 1/3 of the book is text and the rest photographs.....I just wish the book was bigger and longer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JAD on June 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
This wonderful exploration of the architecture of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin is a helpful introduction and ongoing reference work for anyone who wants to know more of the story of the "Chicago Group" who were creating a new residential architecture in and around Chicago in the early years of the 20th century.

The work of Griffin / Mahony (one cannot separate the two) is presented beautifully by Mati Maldre's exquisite black and white photographs. They convey the striking geometries and interest in symmetry that set the Griffin / Mahony work apart from the more asymmetrical leanings of Wright. This book should serve as a guide to all of the communities in which these works remain, to safeguard them for the future. Many of the features of these homes look strikingly "modern" even one hundred years later.

Walter and Marion were both Oak Park Studio employees of Frank Lloyd Wright and deserve more credit than has been given heretofore in contributions toward bringing into being what has come to be known as the prairie style of architecture.

As Barry Byrne described it, the architects in the Oak Park Studio (William Drummond, Francis Barry Byrne, Walter Burley Griffin, Albert McArthur, Marion Mahony, Isabel Roberts and George Willis) engaged in internal design competitions. So that if new clients, say Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, came to call, the program of their needs would be set before all the architects on the staff. Then by a stated time, each one would present his or her idea as to what would be the best solution for the client's needs. Within the Studio, they would discuss and decide--and whichever design seemed most appropriate would be developed and presented to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Romantic in Chicago on January 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a beautiful catalog of the work of a unique American architect. (I'm not an unbiased reviewer -- I live in a Walter Burley Griffin home.) Mati's photographs are beautiful, and he is to be congratulated on his perserverance in completing this photographic record when he did. Some of the houses are disappearing due to developer fever -- it's truly a shame that Americans lust after oversized cookie cutter McMansions, and don't recognize the heritage that is being discarded. Viva Preservation!
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