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A Quest for Grandeur: Charles Moore and the Federal Triangle Tompkins, Sally Kress and Boucher, Jack E.

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ISBN 10: 156098161X / ISBN 13: 9781560981619
Condition: Collectible; Very Good Hardcover
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[SIGNED] Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993. Large hardcover in pictorial dust jacket. ISBN 156098161X; First Edition, First Printing. 11 x 9 ½ inches. 159 pages illustrated with over 70 photographs by Boucher which capture the "neoclassical elegance and Art Deco details found in both the exteriors and interiors of the Federal Triangle complex." SIGNED and inscribed on half-title page by photographer, Jack Boucher (American, 1931-2012). Boucher was a full-time photographer for the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), a Division of the National Park Service. In his life-time he took more than 55,000 large-format photographs of over 7,000 historic structures. Slight bumping to corners, else very good overall condition; no owner marking, NOT EX-LIBRARY. (lr). Bookseller Inventory # AG-N29I-8QO2

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Title: A Quest for Grandeur: Charles Moore and the ...

Binding: Jun 17, 1993

Book Condition:Collectible; Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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One of America's most ambitious public buildings programs is Washington's Federal Triangle, a monumental grouping of federal office buildings between the White House and Capitol Hill, fulfilling the Beaux-Arts architectural vision for beautifying cities. This book, in over seventy duotone photographs, captures the neoclassical elegance and Art Deco details found in both the exteriors and interiors of the Federal Triangle complex.
A Quest for Grandeur also reveals how Charles Moore, chairman of the Commission of Fine Arts from 1915-37, laid the critical foundation for the Federal Triangle complex by forging a unique consensus of aesthetic and political thought rarely achieved before or since in American architecture. Moore involved many of the most important figures in American architecture in the complex's planning, design, and construction - among them Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., Cass Gilbert, and John Russell Pope.
Many major buildings - the National Archives, the Departments of Commerce and justice, and the Internal Revenue Service - were completed, but not the entire program. Toward the end of the 1930s, Moore's consensus faltered as a new generation of architects rejected Beaux-Arts style in favor of a new design aesthetic - modernism.

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