- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (March 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810939894
- ISBN-13: 978-0810939899
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.9 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,018,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Social and architectural historian Alice T. Friedman asks the question, "Why is it that an unexpectedly large number of the most significant and original houses built in Europe and America in the 20th century--houses that stand out not only as examples of modern design but also for their innovative approaches to domestic space--were commissioned by female clients?" She answers with a penetrating look at houses created by well-known client-architect pairs, such as Sarah Stein and Le Corbusier, Edith Farnsworth and Mies van der Rohe, and more than one independent woman who irritated Frank Lloyd Wright by staying in charge of a project. Friedman writes with brilliance and depth about these pairs' shared ideals, their frequent disputes, and the monuments of modernism that resulted from their complex relationships. --Margaret Moorman
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I'm no architecture buff, but I enjoyed learning about this relatively unknown to me subject. Art and architecture people will still have plenty to learn from this book as Friedman includes many previously unconnected details to show how these unique professional partnerships helped contribute to the making of these outstanding homes.
This book is not exactly light reading, but I like a challenge! My only negative is that Friedman doesn't always tell you the state of the homes in the current day. So I've been trying to look them up to see if they are privately owned, demolished, changed, etc. In a few more cases, I would have liked to see one current picture or have a little more detail about the life of the home beyond the first owners.