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Building a National Image: Architectural Drawings for the American Democracy, 1789-1912

Lowry, Bates

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ISBN 10: 0802708730 / ISBN 13: 9780802708731
Published by National Building Museum, Washington, DC, 1985
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228 p. Plates/illustrations. Notes on the Plates. Selected Bibliography. Photo Credits. This pubilcation was made possible by United Technologies. Corporation. This work was published to coincide with an exhibit of the same title that was shown at the National Building Museum in the fall of 1985. From Wikipedia: "Bates Lowry (June 23, 1923 March 12, 2004) was an art historian who was a director of the Museum of Modern Art and founding director of the National Building Museum. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio received an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago. He was in the United States Army during World War II. He returned to the University of Chicago after the war and earned a masters and Ph.D. He had teaching stints at the University of Chicago, University of California at Riverside, New York University Institute of Fine Arts, Pomona College, the University of Massachusetts, University of Delaware and Brown University. In 1966 he was a founder of the Committee to Rescue Italian Art to raise funds for the protection of Italian art endangered in Florence, Italy flooding. He remained chairman until 1976. In 1968 69 he served a 10-month tenure as director the Museum of Modern Art. David Rockefeller, chairman of the museum, said he was dismissed because he had attempted to take on the job of curator of the painting and sculpture at the museum which caused strife in the department and because he did a major renovation to his office without MoMA board approval. In 1980 he became founding director of the National Building Museum and oversaw the establishment and renovation of its home in the 1881 Pension Building. He remained there until 1987." Very good in good dust jacket. DJ has some wear, soiling, and edge tears. Bookseller Inventory # 68735

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Title: Building a National Image: Architectural ...

Publisher: National Building Museum, Washington, DC

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: Presumed first edition/first printing.

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Selected from federal archives, the architectural drawings here range from early austere designs for the U.S. Capitol to several bold proposals for a Lincoln memorial, some of which are attributed to Rockwell Kent. There are works on a tiny scaleof ornamental detailswhile others are grand views of cities. Together the plates are a vivid, fascinating look at architectural vision and the construction process. In comparison, the text, by the director of the National Buildings Museum in Washington, does not live up to its title. Lowry devotes most of his attention to the design and construction of the Capitol and the mechanisms for overseeing the building of other federal edifices. He catalogues changing styles, which were largely adapted from Europe, and explores the politics and in-fighting over federal building design. Ultimately, Lowry's narrative belies his thesis that federal government buildings reflect the nation's "uniqueness" and its "special destiny as a political body whose power came solely from the consent of its people."
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