Building Lives: Constructing Rites and Passages

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Conception and birth, growth and maturity, aging and death - these are important moments in the human life story. They are also stages in the existence of a building, says the author of this unconventional history of the rituals and practices that surround built structures in America. Drawing on sources as varied as Masonic manuals, promotional brochures, janitorial contracts, tourist guidebooks, and religious texts, the cultural historian Neil Harris explores the rites of building passage over the past one hundred and fifty years. In this generously illustrated volume, he offers new insights into the social and cultural roles of buildings.

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Building Lives is not your typical architectural history. Neil Harris . . . avoids the standard discussions of major architects, monuments, styles or critical theories. Instead, [he] seeks to align histories of art and humanity in a commonplace but profound way. For Harris, buildings are not static objects disconnected from human agency, but structures whose appearances and roles develop over time, and whose meanings are constituted by ordinary peoples' activities and events. . . . [This] book's ingeniousness lies in Harris' imaginative exploitation of a wide range of source materials to awaken us to the aspects of building culture so universal, or seemingly trendy and trivial, as to be ignored. -- Michele H. Bogart, Chicago Tribune

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