Richard Longstreth is one of the few historians to focus on ordinary commercial buildings—buildings usually associated with commercial builders and real estate developers rather than architects and thus generally overlooked by historians of "high" architecture.
Winner of the Lewis Mumford Prize for Best Book Published in American City & Regional Planning History 1995-1997From the 1920s to the 1950s, Los Angeles did for the shopping center what New York and Chicago had done for the skyscraper. In a single generation, the American retail center shifted from the downtown core to the regional shopping center.
The four men who are the subject of this book were all trained in the traditional European mode, but in transferring their ideas from Europe to the American West, they incorporated rustic vernacular precedents and local materials to create the distinct style of the San Francisco Bay area.Richard W. Longstreth is Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at George Washington University. On the Edge of the World is included in the Architectural History Foundation American Monograph Series.
This is the first comprehensive and fully documented study of Philadelphia's architecture (originally published in hardcover in 1974), covering all sections of the city and covering buildings from all periods, from those that have stood since Colonial times to influential and representative works of the twentieth century.