Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1978. First edition. Cloth over Boards. Quarto, pp. 580, indexed, illustrated with 900 b/w photographs and drawings. Signed by a previous owner inside front cover. Very Good in Very Good DJ. Item #21230
This book is not only a major pictorial resource for the architectural historian, but a sort of American album, a scrapbook of a special aspect of our cultural history. In documenting the sheer enormity of the federal government's role as builder, planner, client, and patron, the book expands the very definition of public architecture to include such topics as the popular symbolism of national celebrations and world's fairs; the social and cultural programs of the New Deal; conservation and the National Park system; and the exploration and settlement of the American continent.