Triumvirate

Triumvirate

McKim, Mead & White : Art, Architecture, Scandal and Class in America's Gilded Age

Book - 2010
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Traces the story of the Gilded Age architectural firm, describing its partners' shared vision about the role of architecture in shaping America and establishing an architectural practice that would set an international standard.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780394536620
Characteristics: xxiii, 581 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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theamazingsteverino Aug 03, 2011

An interesting "biography" of the creation and development of America's first truly world-class architectural firm. The telling of the story is a bit muddled - back and forth in time, and complicated by a seemingly exhaustive description of the relationships among high Newport and New York society members who over the years commissioned and championed various residential, commercial, and civic MM&W projects (perhaps family trees, a la the the one in in "100 Years of Solitude," would have helped!). Mead remains a mystery, but the personal lives, loves, and "adventures" of McKim and White are well documented. The volume and continuing impact of their work is mind-boggling. Here in NYC, it seems like you can barely walk 10 blocks without encountering a MM&W-designed structure.

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