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A collection of some of the most lavish, envied and admired dwellings ever created. Their stories and their owners are dramatically presented along with sumptuous photographs. Includes such individuals as Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Hadrian, avant garde architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Eastern potentates, inspired women such as Sarah Winchester, and great American builders such as Thomas Jefferson, the Vanderbilts and John Ringling. The stories of those intriguing homes-mansions, palaces, cottages, castles-and their owners are dramatically presented, through photographs, art, and evocative text. Here, in splendid visual array, are some of the most beautiful buildings ever designed: Francis I's Chambord, the Alhambra of the caliphs of Granada, John Ringling's Ca'd'Zan, the Duchess of Marlborough's Blenheim Palace. Here also you will find the unpretentious charm of handmade houses built by modern do-it-your-self dreamers. More than architecture, however, this book is about people-some of the most dynamic individualsin history as well as contemporary times: poets, kings, queens, self-made men, architects, oil barons, the idle rich, dictators, entertainers. THE MAGNIFICENT BUILDERS ventures behind the public faces to explore the private motivations of personalities as diverse as the Emperor Hadrian and Wilt Chamberlain, Mrs. Jack Gardner and Frank Lloyd Wright, the Tiger Balm King and Alva Vanderbilt. THE MAGNIFICENT BUILDERS takes readers to Marie Antoinette's "rustic" cottage in the village of Le Hameau, where she played dairymaid with a Sevres milk pail; to fabulous San Simeon, which William Randolph Hearst filled with treasures-and junk-from European palaces; to Chenonceaux, the lovely prize in a romantic rivalry between Henry II's queen, Catherine de Medicis, and his mistress, Diane de Poitiers; to the Alhambra; to Hardwick Hall, one of the stately Elizabethan mansions the Countess of Shrewsbury built.
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Book Description American Heritage Pub. Co. : book trade distribution by Simon and Schuster, 1978. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0828130647
Book Description American Heritage Pub. Co. : book trade distribution by Simon and Schuster, 1978. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0828130647