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Preserving American mansions and estates

Author: William C Shopsin
Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The great era of the American mansion and country house, lasting barely 70 years between the close of the Civil War and the beginning of World War II, produced a remarkable inventory of properties unlikely to be seen again. The thousands of palatial mansions and gardens that dotted both city and countryside not only altered the regional landscape but made a significant contribution to the architecture of this
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Shopsin, William C.
Preserving American mansions and estates.
New York : McGraw-Hill, ©1994
(OCoLC)623126558
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William C Shopsin
ISBN: 0070570418 9780070570412
OCLC Number: 29564387
Description: xii, 212 pages : illustrations, plans ; 29 cm
Contents: Ch. 8. Adapting Mansions to Suburban and Urban Cultural Facilities. Estates as Rural or Suburban Cultural Centers. Impact of Adaptive Reuses on Neighbors. Large Mansions as Urban Cultural Facilities --
Ch. 9. Preserving and Adapting Mansions. Surviving Mansions and Estates. Access.
Responsibility: William C. Shopsin.

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Offers practical alternatives and models for rescuing the national, historical treasures of America. The book shows how great estates throughout America have been transformed into handsome and  Read more...

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