Arts and Crafts Architecture: History and Heritage in New England
Maureen MeisterE-book: $39.99
"Finally, the architecture of the Arts and Crafts years in Boston has been given the serious study it so richly deserves."
James F. O'Gorman, Wellesley College
In her portrait of a group of architects who practiced in Boston while promoting the English Arts and Crafts movement a century ago, Maureen Meister weaves sensitive descriptions of construction details and materials that convey her intimate familiarity with the subject.
For scholars of New England architecture, Meister’s book is invaluable; for residents of the area, it is a wonderful guide to our physical environment.
—Design New England, distributed by the Boston Globe
This useful illustrated guide to the movement that flowered from 1890 to 1920 puts into context Radcliffe’s Fay House, the McLean Hospital campus, Phillips Brooks House, and many iconic homes.
Meister’s fascinating look at the origins and influences of arts and crafts architecture in New England is as finely crafted and detailed as the works it explores. . . . The book is filled with fine portraits of the architects highlighted and many of the notable buildings they created, a number of which stand today. This volume should delight scholars and other academics as well as enthusiasts of American architecture and should be found in libraries with a concentration of decorative arts, architecture, and architectural history.
A thorough scholarly work. . . .Recommended.
American Arts and Crafts architecture was uniquely responsive to its setting, resulting in work that varied widely across the country. As Maureen Meister demonstrates in her authoritative account, the architects who led Boston’s Society of Arts and Crafts created designs rooted in English and Anglo-Colonial precedents—drawing on the best of the past to address the challenges of the early twentieth century.
—Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, University of Washington
Maureen Meister crafts an engaging portrait of a network of architects whose work reflects a shared ideal, rich intellectual underpinnings, respect for the past, fine craftsmanship, and carefully chosen materials. Proponents of both the Gothic and Colonial Revivals, they were equally inspired to invent new building typologies suited to a burgeoning region and a progressive era. This thematic overview is compelling, thoughtful, and delightfully readable.
—Beverly K. Brandt, Arizona State University
Finally, the architecture of the Arts and Crafts years in Boston has been given the serious study it so richly deserves. The period ‘produced an extraordinary flowering of architecture in New England,’ writes Maureen Meister in a statement that could not have been taken seriously a generation or two ago. Her broad and deep revisionist discussion substantiates the truth of that assertion, and plugs a great hole in the published history of American architecture.
—James F. O’Gorman, Wellesley College
MAUREEN MEISTER is the author of Architecture and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Boston: Harvard’s H. Langford Warren.