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Joseph Ramée

Joseph Ramée
International Architect in the Age of Revolution

  • Date Published: March 1998
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521495523

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  • This is the first indepth study of an architect and landscape designer forgotten in scholarship as a result of the precarious historical circumstances in which he pursued his career. Forced to flee France during the Revolution, Ramée spent his life as a nomad, working in Belgium, Saxony, Hamburg, Denmark, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and the United States. Staying only briefly in most places, he was often forgotten, and his works subsequently attributed to other architects. In this reconstruction of his career, Paul Turner demonstrates how Ramée, in the process of his travels, transmitted innovations from country to country and created a unique synthesis of the design currents of the Neo-Classical Age. This study, the result of a decade of research, brings to light not only Ramée's lost works but also his relationships with diverse clients, including aristocrats, merchants, poets, educators, American land developers and others.

    • First book published about this architect
    • Brings together Ramée's lost works and his relationship with clients
    • Fascinating reconstruction of a career often overlooked as a result of the precarious circumstances in which it was pursued
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    • Date Published: March 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521495523
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 286 x 225 x 29 mm
    • weight: 1.555kg
    • contains: 300 b/w illus. 19 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the architect without a country
    1. Origins in the Ardennes
    2. Training in Paris
    3. First works in France
    4. Emigration to Belgium
    5. Thuringia and the Saxon Principalities
    6. Hamburg and the Elbchaussee
    7. The firm of Masson et Ramée in Hamburg and Copenhagen
    8. Country houses in Denmark
    9. Mecklenburg-Schwerin: Napoleonic Paris
    10. The American North Country
    11. Union college
    12. Philadelphia and Baltimore
    13. Return to Europe
    14. Last works and publications
    Epilogue
    Daniel Ramée and his father's legacy
    Appendix: Boulliot's article on Ramée, 1830.

  • Author

    Paul Venable Turner, Stanford University, California

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