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Distant corner : Seattle architects and the legacy of H.H. Richardson

Author: Jeffrey Karl Ochsner; Dennis Alan Andersen
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Distant corner examines the brief but powerful influence of H. H. Richardson on the building of Americas̕ cities, and his specific influence on the architects charged with rebuilding the post-fire city (June 6,1889) of Seattle. Chapters on the pre-fire city and its architecture, the technologies and tools available to designers and builders, and the rise of Richardson and his role in defining a new American  Read more...
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Named Person: H H Richardson; H H Richardson
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Karl Ochsner; Dennis Alan Andersen
ISBN: 0295982381 9780295982380
OCLC Number: 49326869
Description: xii, 409 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Contents: I. Introduction: Seattle and Nineteenth Century American Architecture --
II. Pre-Fire Seattle: Architects and Architecture --
III. The Fire and Its Aftermath: Technology, Construction, and Design --
IV. The Architectural Context: The Influence of Richardson and the Romanesque Revival --
V. The New Commercial Core: Architecture for a Metropolitan Center, 1889-1895 --
VI. A City of Neighborhoods: The Network of Public Institutions, 1889-1895 --
VII. Creating a Civic Presence: Willis Ritchie and the Architecture of Public Buildings --
VIII. Toward the Turn of the Century: Seattle after 1895 --
App. Known Buildings of Seattle's Major Post-Fire Architects, 1880-1895.
Responsibility: Jeffrey Karl Ochsner and Dennis Alan Andersen.
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Distant corner examines the brief but powerful influence of H. H. Richardson on the building of Americas̕ cities, and his specific influence on the architects charged with rebuilding the post-fire city (June 6,1889) of Seattle. Chapters on the pre-fire city and its architecture, the technologies and tools available to designers and builders, and the rise of Richardson and his role in defining a new American architecture provide a context for examining the work of the citys̕ architects. This book describes the new post-fire commercial core and the emerging network of schools, firehouses, and other public institutions that helped define Seattles̕ neighborhoods. It closes with the sudden collapse of Seattles̕ economy in the Panic of 1893 and the ensuing depression that halted the citys̕ building boom, saw the closing of a number of architects ̕offices, and forever ended the dominance of Romanesque Revival in American architecture. The author offers an analysis of both local and national influences that shaped the architecture of the city in the 1880s and 1890s. It has much to offer those interested in Seattles̕ early history, the building of the city, and the preservation of its architecture.

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