An American Renaissance
Beaux-Arts Architecture in New York City
- Dodd is a leading international authority of classical architecture, and as both architect and renowned educator of design, in this book he showcases 20 glorious architectural landmarks across New York City
- This book recounts not only the fascinating stories of some of New York’s most famous and significant Beaux-Arts buildings, it also recalls the lives of those who commissioned, designed, and built them
- Pages are rich in Jonathan Wallen's full-colour photography of landmark exteriors and lavish interiors (often rarely seen), including lavish gatefolds, and many archival portrait images of some of the most acclaimed architects, artists, and artisans of the day, and some of the most prominent millionaires in American history
- It’s a must for all collectors and followers of Beaux-Arts architecture and design, the Gilded Age, and the history of New York City
- See here for a list of events and books signings by Phillip James Dodd
“I recommend to every Architect, designer and those who have a passion for New York to own this magnificent book…there is no better on the extraordinary Beaux Arts of New York.” —Lemeau, Decorator’s Insider
“This great, beautiful, glossy, polychromatic slab of a book more than does justice to an epic period in architecture when some of the world’s most luscious buildings were designed for some of the most unpleasant people in American history.” — Timothy Brittain-Catlin, World of Interiors
“New York would be little more than another faceless glass-and-steel city were it not for its Gilded Age buildings and institutions… An American Renaissance: Beaux-Arts Architecture in New York City, written by Phillip James Dodd with photography by Jonathan Wallen, is a gilded embrace of this legacy.”— The Critic
The Gilded Age, also referred to as the American Renaissance, is an era associated with unparalleled growth, technological advancement, prosperity, and cultural change. Spanning from the 1870s to the 1930s, it marks the first time that the titans of American finance and industry had more wealth than their European counterparts. As the centre of this dynamic economy, New York City attracted immigrant workers and millionaires alike. It was not enough for the self-appointed elite to just build their own grand châteaux and palazzos along Fifth Avenue—collectively they dreamed of creating a new metropolis to rival the great cultural capitals of London, Paris, and Rome. To flaunt their newly acquired wealth they needed an architecture dripping in embellishment and historical reference. Enter the Beaux-Arts.
This book, which has been painstakingly researched and beautifully photographed over many years, takes a close look at 20 of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in New York City. While showing public exteriors, its focus is on the lavish interiors that are associated with the opulence of the Gilded Age—often providing a glimpse inside buildings not otherwise viewable to the public. While some of the buildings and monuments featured are world-renowned landmarks recognisable and accessible to all, others are obscure buildings that history has forgotten.
Set amid the magnificent achievements of an American Renaissance, this book recounts not only the fascinating stories of some of New York’s most famous and significant Beaux-Arts landmarks, it also recalls the lives of those who commissioned, designed, and built them. These are some of the most acclaimed architects, artists, and artisans of the day—Daniel Chester French, Cass Gilbert, Charles McKim, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Stanford White—and some of the most prominent millionaires in American history—Henry Clay Frick, Jay Gould, Otto Kahn, J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and the ubiquitous Astor and Vanderbilt families. Names that—as Julian Fellowes (the acclaimed director of Downton Abbey) notes in the Foreword—“still reek of money.” Excerpt from the Introduction
Phillip James Dodd will be giving lectures and book signings at a variety of events in the United States from September to the end of the year, culminating as a Guest Insights Speaker aboard the Queen Mary 2 in December 2023. Please visit the events page here for further information.
- Images Publishing
- 4th Oct 2021
- 356 mm x 280 mm
- 412 Pages
- 330 color