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The American Skyscraper

The American Skyscraper
Cultural Histories

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Gail Fenske, Keith Revell, Lisa M. Fine, Lee Gray, Edward Wolner, Roberta Moudry, Katerine Solomonson, Max Page, Sarah Watts, Carol Herselle Krinsky, Antonello Frongia, Merrill Schleier, David Nye
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  • Date Published: May 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521624213

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  • More than any other phenomenon, the skyscraper has determined the character of the American city, altering its physicality and land use patterns; prompting design, technological, and infrastructure developments; creating internal work environments; and redefining boundaries and expectations of individuals and groups defined by gender, class, and ethnicity. This volume examines the various dimensions of the skyscraper in its American urban context. Focusing on the major skyscraper cities of New York and Chicago between 1870 and 1960, the studies in this volume address many of the major aspects of the skyscraper through a diversity of disciplines, including planning and public policy, art and architectural history, labor and business history, and American studies. The result is a kaleidoscopic view of the skyscraper, a building type whose existence as object and icon is inextricably linked to the city itself.

    • Multidisciplinary - contributions by scholars in varied disciplines
    • Range of visual material
    • Presentation of new material and approaches
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    "This compilation of essays represents the best historical research from authors in the various academic disciplines of history, art, fine arts, public administration, and architecture."
    Ann Keith Kennedy, Art Documentation

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521624213
    • length: 298 pages
    • dimensions: 267 x 186 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.925kg
    • contains: 89 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Makers and Users:
    1. The Beaux-Arts architect and the skyscraper Gail Fenske
    2. Law makes order Keith Revell
    3. The female 'souls of the skyscraper' Lisa M. Fine
    Part II. In the Image of the Client:
    4. Type and building type Lee Gray
    5. Chicago's fraternity temples Edward Wolner
    6. The corporate and the civic Roberta Moudry
    7. The Chicago Tribune Tower competition Katerine Solomonson
    Part III. Urban Contexts:
    8. The heights and depths of urbanism Max Page
    9. Built languages of class Sarah Watts
    10. The skyscraper ensemble in its urban context Carol Herselle Krinsky
    Part IV. Popular Culture:
    11. The shadow of the skyscraper Antonello Frongia
    12. The skyscraper, gender and mental life Merrill Schleier
    13. The sublime and the skyline David Nye.

  • Editor

    Roberta Moudry


    Gail Fenske, Keith Revell, Lisa M. Fine, Lee Gray, Edward Wolner, Roberta Moudry, Katerine Solomonson, Max Page, Sarah Watts, Carol Herselle Krinsky, Antonello Frongia, Merrill Schleier, David Nye

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