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Capital Losses: A Cultural History of Washington's Destroyed Buildings

Goode, James M.

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ISBN 10: 0874744806 / ISBN 13: 9780874744804
Published by Smithsonian Inst Press, Washington, D.C., 1979
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A nice copy of the first edition, first printing of this important volume of historic photographs of structures and buildings that have been demolished and lost in Washington, D.C. Text is tight, solid, and clean. Appears unread or barely so. Lettering to spine is bright and unflaked. No marks or highlights in text. In a Near Fine -/Very Good + bright dust jacket w/chipping/shallow loss to spine crown, small chip to rear panel top edge, light wear to corners. No previous owner's names. No remainder mark or spray. Not Price Clipped (not priced). Not ex-lib. Not a Book Club Edition. Photos sent upon request. Accurate Descriptions/Quality Books/Unmatched Prices. International shipping extra. Please inquire. Bookseller Inventory # 5843

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Title: Capital Losses: A Cultural History of ...

Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Press, Washington, D.C.

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Before the passage of critical preservation legislation in 1978, the Nation's Capital lost an irreplaceable assembly of architecturally and culturally significant buildings. Wanton destruction in the name of progress—particularly in the decades immediately following World War II—resulted in a legacy forever lost, a cultural heritage destroyed by the wrecker's ball. By reminding us of things lost, James Goode's magisterial and poignant study represented a comprehensive call for action, a mandate for responsible stewardship of the architectural legacy of Washington, DC. Both the familiar public Washington of official landmarks and the private city of residential neighborhoods are paid tribute in this volume, dedicated to the vanished.

At once a visual delight, a fascinating social history, and an eloquent appeal for ongoing awareness, Capital Losses reveals the Washington that was and how it became what it is today. This updated edition includes eighteen more treasures lost and ninety additional historic photographs.

About the Author:

James Goode is the winner of Washingtonian magazine's prestigious “Washingtonian of the Year” award. He is the author of Best Addresses: A Century of Washington's Distinguished Apartment Houses and lives in Washington, DC.

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