Icons of American Architecture [2 volumes]: From the Alamo to the World Trade Center - Greenwood Icons (Hardback)
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Icons of American Architecture [2 volumes]: From the Alamo to the World Trade Center - Greenwood Icons (Hardback)

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Hardback 632 Pages / Published: 05/03/2009
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What turns a building into an icon? What is it about some structures that makes their history and legend even more important than their original intended use, making them a part of American, and world, popular culture? Twenty four buildings and structures, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the White House, the Hotel del Coronado, and the Washington Monument are presented here, along with their roles in fiction, film, music, and the imagination of people worldwide. Approximately twenty five images are included in the set, along with sidebars featuring additional structures.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313342073
Number of pages: 632
Weight: 1633 g
Dimensions: 259 x 183 x 48 mm


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". . . once engaged, researchers will appreciate the thoroughness of the information and will find the stories compelling and satisfying. As with other selections in the Icons series, this offers a unique way to introduce the popular history of the U.S. to students and is recommended for most secondary collections. Collections supporting architectural programs will also want to consider it." - Booklist
"This two-volume encyclopedia of 'iconic' examples of American architecture, part of the Greenwood Icons series, discusses 24 of the most memorable structures such as Alcatraz Prison, the Empire State Building and the Washington Monument. Langmead (architecture and design, U. of South Australia) explains the historical significance of each icon by exploring the reasons why it was built and how it became an icon. He provides an architect's view of the unique features of each structure and even provides details on the costs and challenges of construction. He provides plenty of illustrations and photographs of these icons-the images of the Golden Gate Bridge while under construction are particularly striking-and he includes a glossary that makes this reference equally accessible to architectural students and general readers.' " - Reference & Research Book News
"His guide is suitable for public and academic libraries." - Lawrence Looks at Books

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