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The domestic architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe /
Michael W. Fazio and Patrick A. Snadon.
imprint
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.
description
xx, 769 p., 22 p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps, plans (some col.) ; 29 cm.
ISBN
0801881048 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780801881046
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imprint
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.
isbn
0801881048 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780801881046
contents note
Introduction: Reinterpreting Latrobe -- Learning the profession: Latrobe in the London office of Samuel Pepys Cockerell -- Hammerwood and Ashdown: Latrobe's English country houses and the architectural Avant Garde of the 1790s -- Reinventing the American house: an overview of Latrobe's design theories and architectural practice in a new country -- Houses for the Virginia landed gentry (1795-1798): Latrobe's first explorations of the American context -- Practice in Philadelphia (1798-1807): designs for a merchant elite, countryseats in Maryland and Ohio, and the emergence of the rational house -- A capital city and an expanding democracy (1807-1815): houses in Washington, D.C., Kentucky, and Pittsburgh -- Last houses (1815-1820): Latrobe's final years in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and New Orleans -- Some perspectives on an architect's career -- Epilogue: A preservation history of Latrobe's houses and notes on the vicissitudes of the Avant-Garde.
catalogue key
6002108
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 704-754) and index.
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
PSP Prose Awards, USA, 2006 : Nominated
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2007-04-01:
Fazio (Mississippi State Univ.) and Snadon (Univ. of Cincinnati) offer a thorough accounting of the domestic architecture of Latrobe, one of the most influential and irascible architects who worked in the US from 1796 until his death in 1820. Latrobe, subject of numerous studies and compilations of his letters and architectural works, receives a different treatment here. Fazio and Snadon trace Latrobe's education and professional roots with a particular emphasis on the impact of his training in the London offices of Samuel Pepys Cockerell. The authors' meticulous reconstruction of Latrobe's formative English influences, particularly through surviving buildings, stands as an important contribution to understanding the architect's oeuvre. Through the examination of Latrobe's American houses, the majority known only through the architect's drawings and writings, the authors present a compelling account of his evolving design practice in the new US. Throughout their comprehensive narrative, Fazio and Snadon remain focused on questions of design that privilege the intellectual, rather than the lived, contexts of Latrobe's houses. Extensive drawings and photographs lend this ambitious book clarity and readability. Readers interested in the history of design will gain much. A must for research libraries. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students through professionals. B. L. Herman University of Delaware
Reviews
Review Quotes
Nothing is spared in the way of breadth and depth of scholarship, nor in the way of production quality.
"Nothing is spared in the way of breadth and depth of scholarship, nor in the way of production quality." -- Antiques Today
"Nothing is spared in the way of breadth and depth of scholarship, nor in the way of production quality -- for a definitive study of this important, but generally overlooked, American architect." -- Henry Berry, Midwest Book Review
An extremely interesting book, full of new discoveries, and characterized by both solid research and imaginative interpretations.
"An extremely interesting book, full of new discoveries, and characterized by both solid research and imaginative interpretations."--Damie Stillman, University of Delaware
Handsomely produced and admirably researched.
"Handsomely produced and admirably researched." -- Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe, Journal of Southern History
Because of its exhaustive analysis... Fazio and Snadon's volume will serve as a standard reference in Latrobe historiography.
"Because of its exhaustive analysis... Fazio and Snadon's volume will serve as a standard reference in Latrobe historiography." -- Barbara Burlison Mooney, ARRIS
A comprehensive 'must' for any serious college-level architectural history holding.
"A comprehensive 'must' for any serious college-level architectural history holding." -- California Bookwatch
A valuable resource for architects, designers, and homeowners alike.
"A valuable resource for architects, designers, and homeowners alike." -- Chesapeake Home Magazine
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Summaries
Main Description
This deeply researched and abundantly illustrated study catalogs all of Latrobe's domestic commissions, offering an authoritative treatment of the concepts, designs, and unique interior and exterior features of his houses. Benjamin Henry Latrobe, an English emigre and the first professional architect of international stature to practice in the United States, invented an American house type for the new democratic republic. Calling upon his diverse education and travel experiences in Europe and his training with eminent architects and engineers in London, Latrobe responded to American manners and climate by producing what he called his "rational house," an application of Enlightenment thinking to the design of a proper living environment for the citizens of the world's most recent democracy. Establishing a new benchmark in Latrobe studies, Michael W. Fazio and Patrick A. Snadon extend their analysis to Latrobe's training and career in England and Europe, his principles of design, and his methods of architectural practice. The authors trace the evolution of his design thinking through analytical essays on all of his major domestic commissions and conclude with a summary discussion of his position within the international architectural scene, his design theories, the integration of interior design and engineering into his architectural practice, and the preservation of his houses.
Long Description
This deeply researched and abundantly illustrated study catalogs all of Latrobe's domestic commissions, offering an authoritative treatment of the concepts, designs, and unique interior and exterior features of his houses. Benjamin Henry Latrobe, an English migr and the first professional architect of international stature to practice in the United States, invented an American house type for the new democratic republic. Calling upon his diverse education and travel experiences in Europe and his training with eminent architects and engineers in London, Latrobe responded to American manners and climate by producing what he called his "rational house," an application of Enlightenment thinking to the design of a proper living environment for the citizens of the world's most recent democracy. Establishing a new benchmark in Latrobe studies, Michael W. Fazio and Patrick A. Snadon extend their analysis to Latrobe's training and career in England and Europe, his principles of design, and his methods of architectural practice. The authors trace the evolution of his design thinking through analytical essays on all of his major domestic commissions and conclude with a summary discussion of his position within the international architectural scene, his design theories, the integration of interior design and engineering into his architectural practice, and the preservation of his houses.
Table of Contents
Introduction : reinterpreting Latrobep. 3
Learning the profession ... Latrobe in the London office of Samuel Pepys Cockerellp. 17
Hammerwood and Ashdown : Latrobe's English country houses and the architectural avant-garde of the 1790sp. 83
Reinventing the American house : an overview of Latrobe's design theories and architectural practice in a new countryp. 183
Houses for the Virginia landed gentry (1795-1798) : Latrobe's first explorations of the American contextp. 209
Practice in Philadephia (1798-1807) : designs for a merchant elite, countryseats in Maryland and Ohio, and the emergence of the rational housep. 265
A capital city and an expanding democracy (1807-1815) : houses in Washington, D.C., Kentucky, and Pittsburghp. 357
Last houses (1815-1820) : Latrobe's final years in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and New Orleansp. 475
Some perspectives on an architect's careerp. 513
Epilogue : a preservation history of Latrobe's houses and notes on the vicissitudes of the avant-gardep. 571
Cataloge of domestic projects : documented houses, attributed houses, houses influenced by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, and deattributed housesp. 589
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