A History of American Architecture: Buildings in Their Cultural and Technological Context
Mark GelernterPaper: $35.00
A complete history of American architecture would fill a bookcase, but one can gain a strong understanding of this fascinating and challenging subject from this excellent survey.
—APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology
Here is a comprehensive work for undergraduates containing more history and ideas than most. Gelernter offers crisp line drawings among the 289 illustrations . . . Ideology and history surrounding American buildings is included throughout, as are useful reviews of history from the ancient Greeks up through American settlement . . . effective coverage of most American architecture and the ideas that shaped it.
Gelernter covers a broad range of intellectual as well as architectural history.
—Boston Book Review
This significant and needed book provides for the first time a useful and manageable historic framework for survey courses whose purpose is to teach the history of American architecture and not merely its connoisseurship. In a manner noteworthy for its even-handedness and avoidance of quirks of taste, it constructs a comprehensive and accurate historical armature with an architectural perspective on which discussions of specific buildings can readily be hung.
—Glenn Andres, Middlebury College
MARK GELERNTER is Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado Denver. An accomplished architectural illustrator and winner of several teaching awards for his ability to bring architectural history alive, he is author of Sources of Architectural Form (1995).