This deeply researched and abundantly illustrated study catalogs all of Latrobe's domestic commissions, offering an authoritative treatment of the concepts, designs, and unique interior and exterior features of his houses.
Benjamin Henry Latrobe, an English émigré and the first professional architect of international stature to practice in the United States, invented an American house type for the new democratic republic. Calling upon his diverse education and travel experiences in Europe and his training with eminent architects and engineers in London, Latrobe responded to American manners and climate by producing what he called his "rational house," an application of Enlightenment thinking to the design of a proper living environment for the citizens of the world's most recent democracy.
Establishing a new benchmark in Latrobe studies, Michael W. Fazio and Patrick A. Snadon extend their analysis to Latrobe's training and career in England and Europe, his principles of design, and his methods of architectural practice. The authors trace the evolution of his design thinking through analytical essays on all of his major domestic commissions and conclude with a summary discussion of his position within the international architectural scene, his design theories, the integration of interior design and engineering into his architectural practice, and the preservation of his houses.
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Michael W. Fazio is a professor at the School of Architecture, Mississippi State University. Patrick A. Snadon is a professor of interior design at the School of Architecture and Interior Design, University of Cincinnati.Review:
"An extremely interesting book, full of new discoveries, and characterized by both solid research and imaginative interpretations."(Damie Stillman, University of Delaware)
"Nothing is spared in the way of breadth and depth of scholarship, nor in the way of production quality."(Antiques Today)
"A comprehensive 'must' for any serious college-level architectural history holding."(California Bookwatch)
"A valuable resource for architects, designers, and homeowners alike."(Chesapeake Home Magazine)
"Nothing is spared in the way of breadth and depth of scholarship, nor in the way of production quality―for a definitive study of this important, but generally overlooked, American architect."(Henry Berry Midwest Book Review)
"Handsomely produced and admirably researched."(Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe Journal of Southern History)
"Because of its exhaustive analysis... Fazio and Snadon's volume will serve as a standard reference in Latrobe historiography."(Barbara Burlison Mooney ARRIS)
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