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Author Longstreth, Richard W.,
Title Essays. Selections
Looking beyond the icons : midcentury architecture, landscape, and urbanism / Richard Longstreth.
Imprint Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2015.

Author Longstreth, Richard W.,
Subject Modern movement (Architecture) -- United States.
Cultural landscapes -- United States.
City planning -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Description x, 271 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Style and taste -- The problem with "style" -- Taste versus history -- Some challenges of the recent past -- The difficult legacy of urban renewal -- The last landscape -- The extraordinary postwar suburb -- The lost shopping center -- Extraordinary and unknown -- New Orleans new and old: St. Frances Cabrini Church, liturgical reform, and historical association -- The power of reserve: a Christian Science complex in the heart of the nation's capital -- A modernist's tribute to Lincoln and the remembrance of the war: Richard Neutra's visitor center at Gettysburg -- Douglas Haskell's Adirondack legacy: the understated campus of North Country School and Camp Treetops -- Commonplace and taken for granted -- Assessing a vernacular landscape: a community garden in Washington, D.C. -- Nonconforming modernism: the Friendship shopping center in Washington, D.C. -- The continuous transformation of Savannah's Broughton Street -- Building houses, creating community: Joseph Geeraert and the development of Twinbrook.
Summary Renowned for his extensive work in architectural history and historic preservation as an educator, scholar, activist, and public lecturer, Richard Longstreth is one of the most important architectural preservationists of the recent past. Looking beyond the Icons offers a generous and diverse selection of his writings over the past twenty-five years. The author explores a variety of topics related to midcentury (ca. 1945-70) preservation efforts, including practical, intellectual, and psychological dilemmas associated with preserving the recent past, preservation-related deficiencies in the urban planning process, and preservation of specific types of buildings. This collection offers a new understanding of the richness and variety of mid-twentieth-century U.S. architecture, landscape, and urbanism, and provides a detailed analysis of both the imperatives for and the challenges involved in preserving this legacy.
ISBN 9780813936437 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0813936438 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780813936444 (paperback)
0813936446 (paperback)
OCLC # 887186626