Henry Hobson Richardson and the Small Public Library in Amer (The MIT Press)

3.5 avg rating
( 2 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780262523462: Henry Hobson Richardson and the Small Public Library in Amer (The MIT Press)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

One natural outcome of the educational reform movement of the 1840s was the growth of the American public library. Though the first public libraries were housed in post offices and town halls, even in local drug stores, growing book collections soon forced cities and towns to recognize the need for larger, more appropriate buildings. Some 450 public libraries were built in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The most important and influential architect of the era who built librairies was Henry Hobson Richardson (1838-1886), perhaps best known for his design of Boston's Trinity Church.The primary focus of Kenneth Breisch's Henry Hobson Richardson and the Small Public Library in America is on Richardson's designs for public libraries in Woburn, North Easton, Quincy, and Malden, Massachusetts, as well as an unbuilt proposal for the Hoyt Library in East Saginaw, Michigan. In addition to placing them within the broader history of American library design, Breisch offers a close examination of these buildings as participants in the cultural, political, and economic developments of the period. Since more than 80 percent of the public libraries built in the latter half of the nineteenth century were privately endowed―as were all of Richardson's library commissions―his discussion of the role of philanthropy, in particular, illuminates the perceived meaning and function of public libraries to the monied classes, as well as their function as memorials to deceased family members. Breisch also examines the role played by the library profession in the development of modern library planning theory during this period, a role that often clashed with the goals of the architects commissioned to design the library buildings. Although this conflict eventually led the American Library Association to condemn Richardson's buildings as unsuitable for library work, his designs still had enormous influence on the architectural vocabulary of the institution. The fact remains that Richardson invented and refined a significant prototype for the smaller American public library building.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Back Cover:

A Study in Typology.'This study skillfully integrates analysis of programmatic agenda, cultural currents, and concerns of artistic expression to provide fresh, insightful perspectives on an important but little studied building type, as well as on one of the nation's most distinguished architects.' - Richard Longstreth, Professor of American Civilization, George Washington University

About the Author:

Kenneth Breisch is Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California and Director of its Graduate Program in Historic Preservation.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780262024167: Henry Hobson Richardson and the Small Public Library in America: A Study in Typology

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0262024160 ISBN 13:  9780262024167
Publisher: The MIT Press, 1997
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Breisch, Kenneth
Published by The MIT Press
ISBN 10: 0262523469 ISBN 13: 9780262523462
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Booklot
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description The MIT Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0262523469. Seller Inventory # Z0262523469ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 91.41
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Breisch, Kenneth
Published by The MIT Press
ISBN 10: 0262523469 ISBN 13: 9780262523462
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Best Bates
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description The MIT Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0262523469. Seller Inventory # Z0262523469ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 91.41
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Breisch, Kenneth
ISBN 10: 0262523469 ISBN 13: 9780262523462
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # M-0262523469

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 87.38
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Breisch, Kenneth
Published by The MIT Press 2003-02-28 (2003)
ISBN 10: 0262523469 ISBN 13: 9780262523462
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Ebooksweb
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description The MIT Press 2003-02-28, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. 0262523469. Seller Inventory # Z0262523469ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 96.37
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Kenneth Breisch
Published by The MIT Press (2003)
ISBN 10: 0262523469 ISBN 13: 9780262523462
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description The MIT Press, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0262523469

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 125.88
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds