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The Resource A genius for place : American landscapes of the country place era, Robin Karson ; with photographs by Carol Betsch

A genius for place : American landscapes of the country place era, Robin Karson ; with photographs by Carol Betsch

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A genius for place : American landscapes of the country place era
Title
A genius for place
Title remainder
American landscapes of the country place era
Statement of responsibility
Robin Karson ; with photographs by Carol Betsch
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Language
eng
Summary
"In this lavishly illustrated volume, Robin Karson traces the development of a distinctly American style of landscape design through an analysis of seven country places created by some of the nation's most talented landscape practitioners." "In the mid-nineteenth century Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of New York's Central Park, developed an approach to landscape design based on the principles of the English Picturesque which also emphasized a specifically American experience of nature and scenery. After Olmsted's retirement in 1897, these precepts continued to ground a new generation of American landscape architects through the next four decades, a period known as the "country place era," a time of rapid economic, social, and cultural change." "In the early twentieth century, new fortunes made it possible for wealthy Americans to commission country estates as a means of aggrandizing social status. These private havens also offered their owners respite from crowded cities and a way to preserve and celebrate places of distinctive landscape beauty. The commissions provided burgeoning numbers of landscape architects with opportunities to experiment with stylistic influences derived from Beaux-Arts, Arts and Crafts, and even Asian principles." "The chapters in this book trace a progression in the period from the naturalistic wild gardens of Warren Manning to the mysterious "Prairie style" landscapes of Jens Jensen to the proto-modernist gardens of Fletcher Steele. Other practitioners cov ered are Charles Platt, Ellen Biddle Shipman, Beatrix Farrand, Marian Coffin, and Lockwood de Forest Jr. The projects profiled follow a broad geographic arc, from Stockbridge, Massachusetts, to Santa Barbara, California. All seven landscapes are now open to visitors." "Analyzing these designs in context with one another and against the backdrop of the professional and cultural currents that shaped larger projects - such as parks, campuses, and planned communities - Karson creates a rich and comprehensive picture of the artistic achievements of the period. Striking black-and-white images by landscape photographer Carol Betsch illuminate the transporting spirit of these country places today, while hundreds of drawings, plans, and historical photographs bring the past to life."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
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Karson, Robin S
Dewey number
712.0973
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
SB469.9
LC item number
.K37 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Library of American Landscape History
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Landscape architects
  • Horticulturists
  • Landscape architects
  • Horticulturists
  • Landscape design
Label
A genius for place : American landscapes of the country place era, Robin Karson ; with photographs by Carol Betsch
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [393]-402) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. An American style, 1900-1919. Warren H. Manning, 1860-1938 ; Charles A. Platt, 1861-1933 ; Gwinn, Cleveland, Ohio ; Stan Hywet Hall, Akron, Ohio ; Ellen Shipman, 1869-1950 -- pt. II. Innovation and wildness, 1920-1929. Beatrix Farrand, 1872-1959 ; Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. ; Marian Cruger Coffin, 1876-1957 ; Winterthur, Winterthur, Delaware ; Jens Jensen, 1860-1951 ; Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan -- pt. III. Dreams and abstractions, 1929-1939. Lockwood de Forest, Jr., 1896-1949 ; Val Verde (Dias Felicitas), Santa Barbara, California ; Fletcher Steele, 1885-1971 ; Naumkeag, Stockbridge, Massachusetts
Control code
123029765
Dimensions
32 cm
Extent
xxiii, 428 pages
Isbn
9781558496361
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2007015083
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)123029765
Label
A genius for place : American landscapes of the country place era, Robin Karson ; with photographs by Carol Betsch
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [393]-402) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. An American style, 1900-1919. Warren H. Manning, 1860-1938 ; Charles A. Platt, 1861-1933 ; Gwinn, Cleveland, Ohio ; Stan Hywet Hall, Akron, Ohio ; Ellen Shipman, 1869-1950 -- pt. II. Innovation and wildness, 1920-1929. Beatrix Farrand, 1872-1959 ; Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. ; Marian Cruger Coffin, 1876-1957 ; Winterthur, Winterthur, Delaware ; Jens Jensen, 1860-1951 ; Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan -- pt. III. Dreams and abstractions, 1929-1939. Lockwood de Forest, Jr., 1896-1949 ; Val Verde (Dias Felicitas), Santa Barbara, California ; Fletcher Steele, 1885-1971 ; Naumkeag, Stockbridge, Massachusetts
Control code
123029765
Dimensions
32 cm
Extent
xxiii, 428 pages
Isbn
9781558496361
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2007015083
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)123029765

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