Ames, Iowa: Iowa State University Press, 1988. Stated First Edition. Oversized Paperback. Small quarto, pp. 173, indexed, illustrated with b/w and color photographs. Very Good. Item #21150
The essays in this book recreate the context in which Henry Hobson Richardson's work was built, and they interpret the designs of regional architects and builders who extracted elements, patterns of composition, and forms from the master. Although Richardson's work is found to be generally appropriate to the land and the time period, the region's towns and cities use Richardson in different ways, their motives varying according to their aesthetic and political needs. The forces that determined prairie cities - such as systems of transportation and commerce - are examined in detail. The essayists also look at the land and its resources and their role in urbanization, in settlement patterns, and in the overall appearance of towns across the grasslands. From the Old House Journal reference library.