Cover image for Gustave Stickley's Craftsman Farms : the quest for an arts and crafts utopia
Gustave Stickley's Craftsman Farms : the quest for an arts and crafts utopia
Hewitt, Mark A.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Syracuse [N.Y.] : Syracuse University Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
xviii, 248 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 23 cm
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NA7238.P25 H48 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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From 1911 to 1917 Craftman Farms was the home of Gustav Stickley, one of the central figures in the American Arts and Crafts Movement. This book unravels the, sometimes contradictory, ideas that informed many of the artists and literary figures in the progressive era in America.

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Despite its seemingly specific focus on the Stickley Craftsman Farms complex in Parsippany, New Jersey, Hewitt's book is an insightful and general analysis of the influences and issues that characterized the Arts and Crafts movement in general, using the Craftsman Farms to show the movement's materialization in the US. Each chapter, therefore, is roughly broken down into two parts: first, a general, historical or theoretical problem or description; and second, its analysis and realization in the architectural project proper. The primary themes addressed are the figure of Gustav Stickley; his historical, intellectual, and personal development; the development of his ideas about the Arts and Crafts movement for utopian social communities in the US; the role of the site and landscape in Arts and Crafts; and, finally, the impact of all of these on architectural production and the materialization of these ideas and concerns. In addition, the book offers an excellent bibliography of primary and secondary sources on the development of the Arts and Crafts movement in the US. Finally, although the book is illustrated, the images are of poor resolution and serve primarily to emphasize important issues and concerns. General readers; upper-division undergraduates; professionals. L. E. Carranza Roger Williams University