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The Beauties of Modern Architecture : Illustrated By Forty-eight Original Plates Designed Expressly for This Work
New York : D. Appleton & Co. 1835 - 176 pages, 48 plates. 28 cm. Bound in contemporary leather over marbled boards. Minor shelf wear to cover. Sold binding. Marbled end pages. Scattered foxing throughout. Minard Lafever was an influential U.S. architect in the early 19th century. A builder of churches and houses, he helped spread the Greek revival style of architecture through his pattern books, such as this work. Several of his buildings were named National Historic Landmarks, including the Government Street Presbyterian Church in Mobile, Alabama, which was built using many of the guidelines in this book. Others were designed using various styles. Lafever's notable buildings include the First Presbyterian Church (Sag Harbor, 1844; Egyptian Revival), St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church (Brooklyn Heights, 1847; Gothic Revival), and his Church of the Holy Apostles (Manhattan, 1848?1854; Romanesque/Italianate). Interestingly, while Lafever drew inspiration and technique from antiquity and archaeological resources, much of his work went beyond these sources, and could be called inventive, paving the way for more innovative architects. "Lafever's most significant contribution to the development of American architecture in the pre-Civil War period was through his extremely influential builders' guides, which spread Greek Revival designs nationwide. Of these, his Modern Builder's Guide (1833; repr. 1841, 1846, 1849, 1850, 1853, 1855) and Beauties of Modern Architecture (1835; repr. 1839, 1849, 1855) are noteworthy for their personalized variations of Grecian decorative motifs, which were widely copied in the wood and plaster detail of many Greek Revival houses." American National Biography. Hamlin, p. 351. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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