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American Splendor: The Residential Architecture of Horace Trumbauer

Kathrens, Michael C.; Marchand, Richard C.; Weller, Eleanor

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ISBN 10: 0926494228 / ISBN 13: 9780926494220
Published by Acanthus Press, 2002
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Title: American Splendor: The Residential ...

Publisher: Acanthus Press

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Horace Trumbauer (1868-1938) was one of the most influential residential architects in the country house era that lasted from the late 19th century to 1930. His restrained limestone palaces and townhouses for the super rich defined a new elegance in American cities and seaside resorts.
A publicity-shy Philadelphian without social connections and only 10th grade education, Trumbauer opened his own practice, at the age of 21. Within just a few years he was on his way to becoming a leading practitioner of residential design on the grandest scale. No American builder in the first three decades of the 20th century could equal Trumbauer s output in the sheer number and splendor of his commissions. His large mansions were typically designed in English or French taste, and whether they were in the Whitemarsh Valley outside Philadelphia or new the ocean in Newport, Rhode Island, Trumbauer s houses had the imposing aristocratic demeanor his clients sought.
Michael Kathrens classic volume, originally published in 2002, remains the only work on this great American architect. The revised edition of American Splendor, featuring three additional chapters and 50 new color photographs, is due in stores in December 2011.

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Michael Kathrens is an independent scholar specializing in American residential architecture and
interior decoration of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is the author of Great Houses of New York, 1880 1930 (Acanthus Press, 2005) and Newport Villas: The Revival Styles, 1885 1935 (W.W. Norton, 2009). Mr. Kathrens leads walking tours and lectures extensively on American domestic architecture of the Great House era. Born and raised in suburban Kansas City, Mr. Kathrens lived in New York City for 23 years before moving to Newport, Rhode Island, in 2010. He is currently working on a second volume of Great Houses of New York for Acanthus Press.

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