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University of Pennsylvania Library : Frank Furness

Author: Edward R Bosley
Publisher: London : Phaidon, 1996.
Series: Architecture in detail (London, England)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Cloaked in its brilliant mantle of brick, fiery terracotta and red sandstone, the University of Pennsylvania Library stands as the mature-period masterwork of Philadelphia's premier Victorian-era architect, Frank Furness. Conceived in consultation with two eminent library theoreticians, the library plan evolved from practical experience with the inadequacies of nineteenth-century library buildings; the result was a
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Genre/Form: Designs and plans
Dessins et plans
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bosley, Edward R.
University of Pennsylvania Library.
London : Phaidon, 1996
(OCoLC)903861085
Named Person: Frank Furness; Frank Furness; Frank Furness; Frank Furness
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward R Bosley
ISBN: 0714833894 9780714833897
OCLC Number: 36050027
Description: 60 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm.
Series Title: Architecture in detail (London, England)
Responsibility: Edward R. Bosley.

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Cloaked in its brilliant mantle of brick, fiery terracotta and red sandstone, the University of Pennsylvania Library stands as the mature-period masterwork of Philadelphia's premier Victorian-era architect, Frank Furness. Conceived in consultation with two eminent library theoreticians, the library plan evolved from practical experience with the inadequacies of nineteenth-century library buildings; the result was a modern factory for learning, a machine for the use and storage of books.

Furness's rationalized plan, expressed on the exterior as a bold design, was challenged for decades, and anti-Victorian sentiment threatened the edifice with demolition as late as the 1960s. Renewed appreciation has since come full circle, however, culminating in a dramatic interior restoration by the eminent Philadelphia practice, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates. Frank Furness's academic monument thus stands today as a defining architectural landmark of Philadelphia.

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