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Refined country houses, gracious urban dwellings, posh Broadway cafÃ©s, exotic nightclubs, and a high-rise apartment building that, 80 years after its construction, is still considered the epitome of tony living in Manhattan these are among the many achievements of William Lawrence Bottomley, one of the best American architects of the first half of the 20th century. During his 40-year career, Bottomley designed and executed over 180 commissions for his clients. An uncompromising perfectionist with refined taste, he oversaw virtually every facet of his projects, from interior ornamentation and decoration to the surrounding landscape design.
THE ARCHITECTURE OF WILLIAM LAWRENCE BOTTOMLEY is the first comprehensive study of this master architect and designer. Richly illustrated with archival photographs and floor plans, the book examines 34 of the architect s structures nationwide and includes a catalogue of 185 commissions and a comprehensive bibliography. With new discoveries revealed about Bottomley and his work in the illuminating essays of author Susan Hume Frazer, this volume represents a noteworthy addition to Acanthus Press distinguished series of publications documenting America s rich architectural legacy.
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Susan Hume Frazer, PhD, is an independent scholar, writer, and lecturer in American architecture and the decorative arts, and president of Hume-Frazer Associates, LLC, a firm devoted to architectural history research and consultation. She resides with her husband, Jack, and their Westie, Simon, in the Fan District of Richmond, Virginia, surrounded by buildings designed by William Lawrence Bottomley.Review:
Acanthus Press of New York publishes some of the finest architectural books in the world, including lushly produced, copiously illustrated monographs on architects no other publisher seems to want to handle.The Architecture of William Lawrence Bottomley (is a) gorgeous monograph on one of the great, yet, under-sung, American architects of the 20th century. --The New York Sun
Even if you know nothing about architecture, [Bottomley's homes] immediately grab you... You know there's something different, something special there. --Richmond Times-Dispatch
Frazer is crafstmanlike in providing clients' biographies, social history and a virtual walk-through with each of the 34 projects she examines... Frazer's crisply written study is finely honed, selective overview of Bottomley's work. --Style Weekly
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Book Description Acanthus Press, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110926494236