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The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore

Pennoyer, Peter

(Book - 2006)
The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore
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During the first three decades of the twentieth century, Warren & Wetmore was one of the most successful and prolific architectural practices in America.
Producing over three hundred major projects, including the celebrated Grand Central Terminal (designed in association with Reed & Stem), the charismatic Beaux Arts-trained Whitney Warren (1864-1943) and shrewd lawyer Charles D. Wetmore (1866-1941) grasped the stylistic requirements and prevailing architectural tastes of the vibrant period leading up to the Great Depression. The firm’s bold and creative interpretation of classical and French styles, as translated into American practice, reflected the cultural, social, and business aspirations of the country’s ruling class.Illustrated with Jonathan Wallen’s stunning new color photographs and with historic photographs, drawings, and plans, The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore is the first book to examine exclusively the scope of the firm’s rich and varied body of work. In addition to Grand Central Terminal, Warren & Wetmore was responsible for some of New York’s most memorable buildings, including the New York Yacht Club, grand mansions for such prominent clients as the Vanderbilts, and a number of luxurious early apartment buildings and hotels. During a period of rampant building activity, the firm was instrumental in shaping New York’s expanding cityscape with its office buildings in Terminal City and setback towers. Its hotels and resorts nationwide set an unprecedented level of comfort and luxury for America’s leisure class, guiding the direction of the modern-day hotel. The reconstruction of the university library in Louvain, Belgium-Warren’s most prized commission-held the international spotlight after World War I. The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore includes a catalogue raisonné and an employee roster, and is the definitive source about a practice that made an indelible imprint on the American landscape.

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During the first three decades of the twentieth century, Warren & Wetmore was one of the most successful and prolific architectural practices in America.

Producing over three hundred major projects, including the celebrated Grand Central Terminal (designed in association with Reed & Stem), the charismatic Beaux Arts-trained Whitney Warren (1864-1943) and shrewd lawyer Charles D. Wetmore (1866-1941) grasped the stylistic requirements and prevailing architectural tastes of the vibrant period leading up to the Great Depression. The firm's bold and creative interpretation of classical and French styles, as translated into American practice, reflected the cultural, social, and business aspirations of the country's ruling class.Illustrated with Jonathan Wallen's stunning new color photographs and with historic photographs, drawings, and plans, The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore is the first book to examine exclusively the scope of the firm's rich and varied body of work. In addition to Grand Central Terminal, Warren & Wetmore was responsible for some of New York's most memorable buildings, including the New York Yacht Club, grand mansions for such prominent clients as the Vanderbilts, and a number of luxurious early apartment buildings and hotels. During a period of rampant building activity, the firm was instrumental in shaping New York's expanding cityscape with its office buildings in Terminal City and setback towers. Its hotels and resorts nationwide set an unprecedented level of comfort and luxury for America's leisure class, guiding the direction of the modern-day hotel. The reconstruction of the university library in Louvain, Belgium-Warren's most prized commission-held the international spotlight after World War I. The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore includes a catalogue raisonné and an employee roster, and is the definitive source about a practice that made an indelible imprint on the American landscape.

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Though Grand Central Station is its most famous building, the early 20th-century architectural firm designed many major buildings, including other train stations, hotels, libraries, and mansions, all in a reassuringly solid but carefully decorated Beaux-Arts style. Pennoyer, an architect, and Walker, who specializes in historic preservation, have written a history that describes in detail the architectural projects, their patrons, materials, construction, decoration, and history within the context of the firm's developing reputation. Published in oversized format (9.25x12.25"), the book is heavily illustrated with b&w historic photos, as well as a series of new color photos by Jonathan Wallen. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Illustrated with Jonathan Wallen's color photographs and with historic photographs, drawings, and plans, The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore is the first book to examine exclusively the scope of the firm's rich and varied body of work. In addition to Grand Central Terminal, Warren & Wetmore was responsible for some of New York's most memorable buildings, including the New York Yacht Club, grand mansions for such prominent clients as the Vanderbilts, and a number of luxurious early apartment buildings and hotels. During a period of rampant building activity, the firm was instrumental in shaping New York's expanding cityscape with its office buildngs in Terminal City and setback towers. Its hotels and resorts nationwide set an unprecedented level of comfort and luxury for America's leisure class, guiding the direction of the modern-day hotel. The reconstruction of the university library in Louvain, Belgium - Warren's most prized commission - held the international spotlight after World War I. The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore includes a catalogue raisonne and an employee roster, and is the definitive source about a practice that made an indelible imprint on the American landscape.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0393731626
Branch Call Number: 720.92 P
Characteristics: 256 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm.
Additional Contributors: Walker, Anne

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