BUILDING A CITY is intended as a guide to the first one hundred years of Melbourne architecture for the increasing number of people who are interested in the fine old buildings around the city and suburbs. These buildings record different periods in Melbourne's history: the primitive wattle and daub cottages built by the early settlers out of the crude natural resources; the mid-Victorian residential and puboic buildings that succeeded them, monuments to the superb trade skills of craftsmen attracted to Victoria by the Gold Rush; the grand mansions of the Boom Era, redolent with the opulence and confidence of their owners; the great Gothic Revival churches and cathedrals; the riot of late nineteenth-century Victoriana, the many extravagant and eclectic examples of Queen Anne and Edwardian architecture; and the modern work of the 1930s that is now the focus of renewed interest. The book arose out of the authors' mutual interest in Melbourne's architectural history. The text is by Granville Wilson, a qualified architect now lecturing in architecture and building, and the fine photography is by designer Peter Sands.
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1982. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0195542924