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American Buildings and Their Architects: The Colonial and Neo-Classical Styles
American Buildings and Their Architects The Colonial and Neo-Classical Styles Author:William H. Pierson Jr. The colonists brought with them the architecture of the world they left. But the traditional Gothic, Classical and Baroque styles soon became the point of departure for the new, truly American architecture. The record of this transition still exists. William Pierson has visited all the major sites; many of the photographs which profusely illustr... more »ate the book were taken by him.
Volume 1 of American Buildings and Their Architects begins by describing the canons of the great European architectural tradition, and how the English, Italian and Spanish styles were modified by architects in the East and the Southwest. In the works of the early masters, Bulfinch's Massachusetts State House, Latrobe's Capitol Building in Washington, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and Mills' buildings in South Carolina, we find the growing awareness of our native American culture, a vision which had its clearest expression in the architecture of Thomas Jefferson, whose Monticello so clearly reflects the principles set down in the Declaration of Independence.« less