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Leopold Eidlitz: Architecture and Idealism in the Gilded Age Hardcover – March 17, 2008

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This pioneering, hard-won monograph....is the best tale that could...have been woven from meager archival threads scattered around the world. (Traditional Building, Eve Kahn)

About the Author

Kathryn E. Holliday teaches architectural history and theory at the University of Texas at Arlington. A graduate of Williams College and the University of Texas at Austin, she has written and lectured on the architecture of New York and New Orleans. This is her first book.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (March 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393732398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393732399
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.8 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Randal J. Loy on November 16, 2015
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This scholarly work is a wonderful window on the life of this important early New York architect. It does a marvelous job of placing Eidlitz in his time and exploring the different influences on his life and his approach to architecture, showing the reactions of his peers and colleagues to his work. It is also illustrated with many photographs of his buildings, which is certainly an important feature of a book which discusses many buildings that were either demolished or destroyed and cannot be viewed today. I highly recommend this book. (There is one caveat -- the author was taken in by the falsehood that Eidlitz' mother-in-law was a descendant of President John Adams. I have done the research on that woman, Elizabeth Wadland Adams (Warner) (1791-1860), and she was no relation to John Adams or any one in his family. She was the daughter of Samuel Adams (1762-1847) and Julianna Stone (1765-1838) of Vermont -- not the Samuel Adams (1722-1803) of Boston, Massachusetts, who was a second cousin of President John Adams. I don't know why Holliday's otherwise impeccable research did not uncover this.)
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In conjunction with Eidlitz's book, "The Nature and Function of Art . . ." this biography is essential reading for the student of American architectural history. It provides a superlative biography of the person and works of one of the seminal figures in nineteenth-century American architecture.
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