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Cass Gilbert, life and work : architect of the public domain
Christen, Barbara S.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : W.W. Norton, [2001]

Physical Description:
320 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
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NA737.G5 C37 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This volume examines Gilbert's work in five unique categories: the building of a national practice, an evaluation of his Minnesota State Capitol as "a defining moment" in American civic architecture, his New York career, his response to civic ideals in his plans for towns and universities, and his work in the public domain.

Author Notes

Steven Flanders, a consultant in court administration, lives in Pelham, New York.

Table of Contents

Steven FlandersRobert A. M. SternPatricia Anne MurphyThomas R. Blanck and Charles LocksGeoffrey BlodgettMary Beth BettsThomas O'SullivanSally WebsterBailey Van HookCarolyn KompelienGail FenskeMary N. WoodsSharon IrishBarbara S. ChristenLawrence W. SpeckGeoffrey BlodgettJoseph SharplesIngrid A. SteffensenSusan LuftscheinJeffry H. GalletPaul Spencer ByardDennis Jacobs
Prefacep. 9
Introductionp. 15
Part 1. A National Practice Built from the "Northwest"p. 25
1. Architectural Education and Minnesota Careerp. 27
2. Launching a Career: Residential and Ecclesiastical Work from the St. Paul Officep. 46
3. The Politics of Public Architecturep. 62
4. The Aesthetics of an Eclectic Architectp. 73
Part 2. A Defining Moment in American Civic Architecturep. 85
5. The Minnesota State Capitol: Thinking Internationally, Designing Locallyp. 87
6. The Civilization of the Westp. 100
7. High Culture by the Square Footp. 113
8. The Restoration and Preservation of Minnesota's Showplacep. 125
Part 3. Monumentality in New Yorkp. 135
9. The Image of the City: The Woolworth Building and the Creation of the New York Skylinep. 137
10. In the Camera's Eye: The Woolworth Building and American Avant-Garde Photography and Filmp. 149
11. "Great Gray Buildings": The United States Army Supply Basep. 163
Part 4. Ideals in Planningp. 175
12. A "New" New England: Proposals for New Haven and Waterbury, Connecticutp. 177
13. The University of Texas: Vision and Ambitionp. 192
14. Oberlin: The Grand Collaborationp. 206
15. A British Response to American Classicism: Cass Gilbert and Charles Reillyp. 220
Part 5. Gilbert and the Public Domainp. 233
16. St. Louis: Public Architecture, Civic Idealsp. 235
17. "A Difficult and Perplexing Matter": The Louisiana Purchase Expositionp. 252
18. A User's Viewpoint: Gilbert and His Publicp. 265
19. Representing American Justice: The United States Supreme Courtp. 272
Postscriptp. 289
Notesp. 293
Contributorsp. 311
Indexp. 313