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New York 1880: Architecture and Urbanism in the Gilded Age Hardcover – April 1, 1999
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Following New York 1900, New York 1930, and New York 1960, this is the fourth in a projected series of five volumes (New York 2000 is still to be written) chronicling the architecture and urbanism of New York City. Produced in the consistently comprehensive and extensively illustrated format, New York 1880 documents the years from 1865 to 1890, an era commonly known as the Gilded Age. At that time, New York City began growing up (thanks to Elisha Otis's hydraulic elevator) and out (as the first segment of the city's network of elevated trains was completed in 1878 and the Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883). While this book is too prodigious for occasional readers, libraries that had success with previous volumes will want to add it to their collections.
-Jay Schafer, Bay Path Coll. Lib., Longmeadow, MA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
New York 1880 captures the complexity of architecture as design response. It is too bad it is not better literature, but it is difficult to imagine a better reference work in urban architectural history. -- The New York Times Book Review, James F. O'Gorman
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Loving the magnificent buildings that New York has engendered and lost over its history, this book, just about gives pictures and visibility to some of the greatest architecture in Western Civilization.
For the first time in my life, it is incredible to see the complete actual architectural drawings submitted for the competition for the design of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. These are some of the most exquisite and detailed pictures, to my memory, of such incredible scope, grandeur and beauty that inspired is hardly the correct word.
Buy it!! This is the best of the 4 books in the series (NY 1880, NY 1900, NY 1930 and NY 1960) with NY 2000 to come in a few years.