Americans interpret the Parthenon: the progression of Greek by Robert Kent Sutton

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Takes an incisive examine America's westward move, focusing on the unfold of serious Revival structure around the US with its cultivation in Oregon in the course of the 1850s. Sutton attracts from a wide selection of documentary and visible resources: diaries and early architectural trend books to present fabric, cultural literature and a wealth of exceptional pictures.

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The Parthenon looks much as it did in the mid-1700s - a ruin surrounded by a variety of modern and medieval structures. Although published primarily for the enjoyment of the dilettantes of Europe, The Antiquities of Athens became one of the most significant architectural resources ever published. Designers in Europe and later in the United States incorporated features from these volumes into their work. Builders and architects no longer had to guess what the Parthenon looked like - they now had a published picture for guidance.

His son Francis continued as supervisor of construction until the project was finished. 31 Strickland, like his mentor, was a fine teacher. He probably thought of himself when he took Thomas U. Walter, the fifteen-year-old son of a bricklayer, into his office as an apprentice. Walter studied under Strickland for several years, then, when he felt he had learned enough to go into business for himself in 1829, he accepted several commissions in the Philadelphia area. In 1833 he was selected to design one of the most unusual and expensive projects of his day.

In fact, it remained as the major national discussion of the Greek Revival style until Roger Kennedy's Greek Revival America appeared in 1989. In this magnificently illustrated volume, Kennedy looks more extensively at the social, political, and economic forces that contributed to the style. He, like Hamlin, believed that Greek Revival architecture was a tangible manifestation of independence and nationalism; he departed from his predecessor, however, in his view of the European influences. He argued that Europe directly influenced American stylistic development.

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