American City: St. Louis Architecture: Three Centuries of Design (American City Series)

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-Showcases 50 of St. Louis' most important structures ranging from nineteenth century masterpieces to groundbreaking designs in the Modern style -One of the most architecturally impressive cities in the United States American City: St. Louis Architecture is the first large-format book on the city's architecture since the 1920s and includes over 100 new color photos and text for 50 of the city's most important structures. These range from such nineteenth century masterpieces as Louis Sullivan's Wainwright Building, Alfred Mullet's Old Post Office and Theodore Link's Union Station to Eero Saarinen's Gateway Arch, Tadao Andao's Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts Building and Maya Lin's recently completed Ellen Clark Hope Plaza. An introductory essay provides biographical and historical information on the city's rich architectural heritage in an accessible, non-academic style.

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Robert Sharoff writes about architecture and real estate for 'The New York Times', 'The Wall Street Journal', 'Architectural Record' and other publications. His books include 'American City: Detroit Architecture 1845-2005', 'Lucien Lagrange: The Search for Elegance' and 'Better than Perfect: The Making of Chicago's Millenium Park'.

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“A beautiful book that captures the extraordinary richness and variety of the architecture of this gracious old Midwestern city. Many of the greatest names in American architecture – Louis Sullivan Henry Richardson, Cass Gilbert – are represented here. The buildings – as captured by William Zbaren’s lush photographs – are remarkable while Robert Sharoff’s insightful commentary is both fascinating and ultimately very moving in its celebration of Classic American design.” – Richard H. Driehaus, founder, Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture

“The American City series is an ambitious – and long overdue – attempt to chronicle some of the greatest architecture this country has produced. The historic buildings of St. Louis – beautifully photographed and researched by the authors – are a revelation and a pleasure to behold.” – John Vinci, architect and co-author of The Complete Architecture of Adler & Sullivan

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