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Daniel H. Burnham : visionary architect and planner
Schaffer, Kristen.
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New York : Rizzoli, 2003.
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223 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), plans ; 31 cm
The architect and Chicago -- The early years : after the Great Fire and before the World's Fair -- The World's Columbian Exposition and the shift towards classicism -- The late architectural works and city plans -- The architect and history.
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Containing more than 200 newly commissioned photographs by Rocheleau, this is the first book to explore the career of the influential Chicago architect and planner who shaped the development of the modern skyscraper and founded the City Beautiful movement. Burnham and his firm built more than 200 st

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Booklist Review

A wag might remark that, as a visionary, architect, and city planner, Burnham looked east toward Europe and backward in time. Burnham masterminded Chicago's classically styled World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, fathering a craze for the old just as engineering advances allowed for something new. Schaffer believes Burnham's work is both misunderstood and unfairly neglected. Though known as the businessman in partnerships with talented designers John Root and Charles Atwood, Burnham was very much involved with design, claims the author, steering buildings' concept and focus, and influencing their shape through his space planning. Furthermore, as the first large-scale architectural practitioner achieving commercial profitability through flexible and repeatable strategies, he achieved modernism in practice if not aesthetics. Readers may struggle to reconcile Burnham as contributor to such airy delights as the Reliance, and such earthbound plodders as People's Gas, but there's enough background here for neophytes, and the large, beautiful photos of such buildings as Chicago's Rookery, New York's Flatiron, and Buffalo's Ellicott Square are a draw for everyone. --Keir Graff Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Architect Daniel H. Burnham (1846-1912) is largely known for building some of this country's first skyscrapers and is often recognized for his work as a city planner, emphasizing city beautification as a way to encourage business and attract tourists. Burnham and his architectural firms are credited with such buildings as Chicago's Monadnock Building, New York City's Flatiron Building, and Washington, DC's Union Station. Schaffer (architectural history, North Carolina State Univ.) addresses Burnham's critics and goes on to place Burnham and his work as an architect and city planner in the context of the late 1800s. She further theorizes about Burnham's misunderstood role in his architectural firms and explains why he has not been given the prominence in architectural history that he deserves. The text richly describes Burnham's architecture and design details, while 230 outstanding color photographs and 40 black-and-white illustrations depict the interior and exterior design elements for which Burnham is believed to be responsible. The only in-print monograph devoted to Burnham, this is recommended for public and academic libraries.-Valerie Nye, Mexico State Lib., Santa Fe (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

As an architect, Daniel Hudson Burnham left a legacy of more than 200 structures, including office buildings, train stations, department stores, banks, museums, and hotels. His commissions spanned the continent and are credited with reshaping the face of American cities. Schaffer (architectural history, North Carolina State Univ.) and editor Tilden, together with Paul Rocheleau's photographs, have created a monograph with thought-provoking text and more than 200 high-quality, newly commissioned color photographs. This wonderful compilation shows the development of a dynamic designer through early commissions, significant works with partner John Wellborn Root, his architectural planning of the 1893 World's Fair, which led him to become a leader of the City Beautiful Movement, and the transformation of the architectural office from an artistic studio, following the Beaux Arts model, to a professional organization with branch offices in various cities. It holds to the tradition of almost all Rizzoli publications, incorporating quality photography with adequate-length text to make it interesting and thought evoking. Appropriate for all, from general readers through graduate students and professionals. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. R. P. Meden Marymount University