Barry Bergdoll

  • Léon Vaudoyer

    Léon Vaudoyer

    Historicism in the Age of Industry

    Barry Bergdoll

    This first book-length study of the youngest of the "romantic" Beaux-Arts architects provides a new interpretation of historicism in nineteenth-century French architecture.

    Léon Vaudoyer (1803-1872) was, with Felix Duban, Henri Labrouste, and Louis Duc, one of the "romantic" Beaux-Arts architects who challenged both the authority and the philosophy of the French Academy in the years around 1830. The group's insistence on the relevance of French medieval and Renaissance architecture to contemporary design has earned them a reputation as prophets of the historicist point of view that has come to be a fundamental theme of progressive ideologies of design well into our own century. This first book-length study of the youngest member of the group provides a new interpretation of historicism in nineteenth-century French architecture. It addresses the relationship of historicist architecture to the political and cultural forces that shaped the urbanization and industrialization of the French landscape, demonstrating that architecture is not simply a reflection of such forces, but an aspect, even an instrument of them. Léon Vaudoyer documents Vaudoyer's career and his major commissions, both his well-known works and several previously unknown designs - among them the Monument to General Foy in the Pere Lachaise Cemetery, the Conservatoire des Arts et Metiers in Paris, the lavishly polychromatic Cathedral at Marseille - along with unrealized projects for a new city hall in Avignon and a reconstruction of the Sorbonne. This richly illustrated study also encompasses the career of Vaudoyer's father A. L. T. Vaudoyer, who was a key figure in the reformulation of the institutions and doctrines of academic architecture during the Revolution, Empire, and Bourbon Restoration. It explores the institutional settings of Vaudoyer's training and practice; the political strategies of his mentors, patrons, and clients; the constituencies that influenced the design, siting, and reception of each of his commissions; and the social and political programs of the institutions for which he designed.

    • Hardcover $80.00

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  • Architects' Gravesites

    Architects' Gravesites

    A Serendipitous Guide

    Henry H. Kuehn

    An illustrated guide to the monumental and non-monumental final resting places of famous architects from Aalto Alvar to Frank Lloyd Wright.

    All working architects leave behind a string of monuments to themselves in the form of buildings they have designed. But what about the final spaces that architects themselves will occupy? Are architects' gravesites more monumental—more architectural—than others? This unique book provides an illustrated guide to more than 200 gravesites of famous architects, almost all of them in the United States. Led by our intrepid author, Henry Kuehn, we find that most graves of architects are not monumental but rather modest, that many architects did not design their final resting places, and that a surprising number had their ashes scattered.

    Architects' Gravesites offers an alphabetical listing, from Alvar Aalto and Dankmar Adler (Louis Sullivan's partner) to Frank Lloyd Wright and Minoru Yamasaki (designer of the Word Trade Center's twin towers). Each entry includes a brief note on the architect's career and a color photograph of the site. For example, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is buried in Chicago under a simple granite slab designed by his architect grandson; Louise Bethune, the first American woman to become a professional architect, is buried under a headstone inscribed only with her husband's name (a plaque honoring her achievements was installed later); Philip Johnson's ashes were spread in his rose garden, with no marker, across the street from his famous Glass House; and the grave of Pierre L'Enfant in Arlington National Cemetery offers a breathtaking view of Washington, D.C., the city he designed.

    Architects' Gravesites is an architectural guide like no other, revealing as much about mortality as about monumentality.

    • Paperback $20.00