- Series: Columbia History of Urban Life (Paperback)
- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press; Revised edition (June 15, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 023107851X
- ISBN-13: 978-0231078511
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,589,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Morningside Heights: A History of Its Architecture and Development Revised Edition
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Combines recondite research with bare-knuckle history, interweaving the nuts and bolts of neighborhood-building with a messy human drama of rivalry, greed, marketing, bigotry and idealism. (The New York Times)
Thorough analysis of this architecturally rich neighborhood. (New York Observer)
Every town, hamlet, and neighborhood deserves an historical portrait by Andrew Dolkart. His history of Morningside Heights is a magnificent work of scholarship that grows out of a true love of urbanism and a profound respect for the contribution of architects and developers, whether high-minded or not-so, to the vitality of place. (Robert A. M. Stern)
While Dolkart focuses on aesthetics, his analysis of taste and design is informed by a penetrating knowledge of Manhattan's social history. The resulting book, gracefully written and generously illustrated, will appeal to historians, residents, and anyone whose search for scarce parking on the Heights has taken them past buildings which astonish and delight.... Dolkart adeptly explains the social implications behind... artistic decisions.... the work is a remarkable social portrait. (New York History)
The book tells the stories of the excitement surrounding the initial plans for an Episcopal cathedral and the ultimate failure of this grandiose project; the efforts of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. to build a rival nondenominational church (Riverside Church); the development of Charles McKim's inspired designs for Columbia's campus; the efforts of Barnard and Teachers College to build impressive campuses adjacent to Columbia; and the later projects of Union and Jewish theological seminaries and the Institute of Musical Art (late the Juilliard School) to erect buildings that would be part of the larger institutional concentration, but world provide each with a unique architectural identity.
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One more point: The narrative seems largely absent of knee-jerk political correctness and fadish multi-culturalist rhetoric, which is refreshing. Thus, the author has stopped at nothing in order to maintain the highest academic and scholarly standards in the book. Well done, in that regard.