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Long Island Modernism 1930-1980

Long Island Modernism 1930-1980

Author: Caroline Rob Zaleski
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An essential reference for architecture buffs, historians and everyone who lives on or visits Long Island today, this unique resource, the first illustrated history of Long Island's modern architecture, is based on a survey conducted for the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA). It highlights the work within Suffolk and Nassau counties of a roster of twenty-five internationally renowned architects among them Wallace Harrison, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcel Breuer, Edward Durell Stone, Richard Neutra, William Lescaze, Gordon Chadwick for George Nelson, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson, Paul Rudolph and Richard Meier. Caroline Rob Zaleski's research on the work of key figures in twentieth-century architecture; the relatively unknown aspects of their production; and their associations with clients, artists and politicians is complemented by more than three hundred striking archival photographs, specially commissioned new photography and plans. Zaleski documents the development of exurbia and the rise of visionary structures: residences for commuters and weekenders, public housing, houses of worship, universities, shopping centres and office complexes. In this part architectural, part social history, she explains why modernism was embraced by Long Island's civic, cultural and business leaders as well as by those who wanted to settle away from the city during an epoch when open space was prime for development. An inventory of important architects, with their Long Island commissions by date and location, complements the main text.

As one of the most representative regions of the great suburbanization of the American landscape in the twentieth century, Long Island was a veritable laboratory of modern architecture and town planning. Caroline Zaleski has not only discovered countless forgotten works of major importance by some of the leading practitioners of modernism--some even the migr s who briefly thought to bring the Bauhaus to Huntington--but also traced whole new networks of influence. Extraordinary research and period images open up new paths of interpretation: on the impact of Marcel Breuer's work on two generations up to the early work of Richard Meier, on the modernist initial idea of Levittown, on the role of landscape designers, on the experimental forms of postwar synagogues. A tour of Long Island is a tour of modernism with the right guide! --Barry Bergdoll, Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art
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General Fields

  • : 9780393733150
  • : WW Norton & Co
  • : WW Norton & Co
  • : August 2012
  • : 305mm X 228mm X 28mm
  • : October 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 200 black-and-white and 20 colour illustrations
  • : Hardback
  • : 336
  • : Caroline Rob Zaleski