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Building Victorian Boston : the architecture of Gridley J.F. Bryant

Author: Roger G Reed; Gridley James Fox Bryant
Publisher: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Much of Boston's rich heritage of Victorian buildings dates from the mid-nineteenth century when Gridley James Fox Bryant (1816-1899) dominated the profession of architecture in the city. At that time, Boston was undergoing a transformation from a quaint post-colonial town to a rapidly expanding Victorian metropolis. Bryant led this transformation, providing an important link between the earlier architecture of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Reed, Roger G., 1950-
Building Victorian Boston.
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)645893365
Named Person: Gridley James Fox Bryant; Gridley James Fox Bryant; Gridley James Fox Bryant
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roger G Reed; Gridley James Fox Bryant
ISBN: 9781558495555 155849555X
OCLC Number: 73926784
Description: xiii, 224 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: Granite bred in the bone --
Mastering his profession --
Architecture and reform --
Transforming Boston --
From down East to San Francisco Bay --
Bryant and Gilman --
Bryant and Rogers --
An architect of the nineteenth century.
Responsibility: Roger G. Reed.
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