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A History of American Architecture: Buildings in Their Cultural and Technological Context

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Why did the Victorians drape their buildings in elaborately ornate decoration? Why was the Arts and Crafts movement so popular with the American middle class at the end of the 19th century? Why did Modernism replace traditional architectural styles after World War II? Mark Gelernter provides fresh answers to questions like these, convincingly showing how buildings express ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by University Press of New England (first published August 1st 1999)
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Christina
Aug 25, 2009 Christina rated it really liked it
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I'm studying for the Architect's Registration Exam and needed to brush up on history. I didn't like history in school, but this book is very well written and I can read from it for hours without falling asleep. The examples are the same ones I studied in school, so it's a great review. I wish it had more drawings and photos, but it has more than most which is why I grabbed it in the first place.

I recommend it to others who are studying for the ARE or anyone that wants to understand where the ar
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Michael
Dec 25, 2007 Michael rated it really liked it
In the same vein as Carter Wiseman's Shaping a Nation and Scully's earlier contribution to the genre, this is also a good synopsis of the development of architecture in the US.
Perhaps the cover photo wasn't the best choice?
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