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Distant Corner: Seattle Architects and the Legacy of H. H. Richardson
On the afternoon of 6 June 1889, a fire in a cabinet shop in downtown Seattle spread to destroy more than thirty downtown blocks covering 116 acres. Disaster soon became opportunity as Seattle's citizens turned their full energies to rebuilding: widening and regrading streets, laying new water pipes and sewer lines, promulgating a new building ordinance requiring ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by University of Washington Press
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Ochsner's book provides a good overview of the importance of Richardson, and then dives into an almost encyclopedic review of Romanesque structures in the Seattle region. As a reference work this is a very good book. I do however find it a bit lighter on context than I would like, so that it ends up answering factual questions but making me ask bigger, societal ones. I also feel that the connection between Richardson and the works in Seattle is tenuous, and a more direct attempt to draw a ...more