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American Apartment Houses - SEXTON Randolph Williams - 1929. 
1929 - SEXTON, Randolph Williams. American Apartment Houses, Hotels and Apartment Hotels of Today. Exterior and Interior Photographs and Plans. New York: Architectural Book Publishing, (1929). Folio (10 by 13 inches), original blue cloth gilt, original dust jacket. $2750.First edition of Sexton's wide-ranging survey of the state of apartment house architecture, based on his earlier volume of 1926, with detailed floor plans and numerous photographs of facades and interiors."The apartment house is one of the modern problems that challenge the architect of imagination. It is the product of new economic and social conditions, and, if the requirements of the problem are studied and met, if we use the methods and materials of this day and age, the building that we build cannot be other than modern" (Raymond Hood). "There is no question that the apartment house is the result of an effort to solve the problem in congestion, which of late years has confronted the larger cities in this country". When architecture is confronted with certain strict rules and regulations, the design quite naturally suffers". The building code and tenement house law". [are] of such a nature as to rob the building of any suggestion of architectural value." Therein lies the challenge"" well met by such recognized urban residential architects as George and Edward Blum, J.E.R. Carpenter, and Starrett & Van Vleck. Theirs are among the many apartment houses featured in this informative survey. Ownership stamp of Chicago architect Bertram A. Weber.Book fine. Edge-wear and chipping to scarce original dust jacket, with tear along front fold. Scarce. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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