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Owen, Robert Dale
Hints on Public Architecture, containing among other Illustrations, Views and Plans of the Smithsonian. Together with an Appendix Relative to Building Materials .
New York: George P. Putnam, 1849. 4to. 325 x 250 mm. (13 x 9 3/4 inches). 17 (table of contents and list of illustrations bound out of order), 119 pp. Illustrated with a frontispiece, engraved title-page, 6 full-page lithographs, 7 full-page engravings, and 99 woodcut illustrations in the text. Bound in blue publisher's cloth; front cover faded at the top; bookplate and library pocket removed from front and rear of the volume.First edition. R. D. Owen wrote his Hints on Public Architecture "to introduce the members of the Building Committee of the Smithsonian Institute to concepts of good taste in architecture, as demonstrated by current British examples by A. W. Pugin and discussed in the writings of John Ruskin."* Owen was a member of the House of Representatives from Indiana, member of the Building Committee and he was instrumental in the passage of legislation that would fund the building of the structure. A controversy has arisen with the various designs for the Smithsonian in Washington and members of the Committee and the Congress needed guidance as to the proper role of architecture in publically funded buildings. The book lays out a justification for the Norman Romanesque as an appropriate architectural style for American public buildings, using the Smithsonian Building as a model. The book is extremely well illustrated with the best lithographers and wood engravers used to produce the images. The American branch of Ackerman & Co. and Napoleon Sarony created the highly detailed lithographs and W. Roberts, Bobbett and Edmonds, and J. H. Hall produced many of the w … [Click Below for Full Description]
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