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Sticks and Stones, A Study of American Architecture and Civilization
Sticks and Stones A Study of American Architecture and Civilization Author:Lewis Mumford Second revised edition. Preface. 21 photographs. — "A truly remarkable book," wrote The Saturday Review of Literature when this work was first published 30 years ago. Now revised and augmented by 21 photographs, Sticks and Stones is more than ever an important source book for the architect, social scientist, and asthetician. — In it, Mr.... more » Mumford, one of the most influential critics of our day, shows the influence of the mediaeval tradition on American Architecture, weighs the importance of the vernacular building, and offers what was probably the first written appreciation of the New England village as an architectural entity. He also deals with the work of Henry Hobson Richardson and John A., Roebling, builder of the Brooklyn Bridge.
For most modern readers, however, the most significant contribution Mr. Mumford has made in this book is his study of the relation between the individual structure and its urban or rural setting. Here he not only does justice to social conditions, but also gives due esthetic importance to the whole mass of building that necessarily serves as background for the outstanding works of civic and religious architecture.« less