Americans interpret the Parthenon: the progression of Greek by Robert Kent Sutton

By Robert Kent Sutton

Takes an incisive examine America's westward circulation, focusing on the unfold of significant Revival structure around the US with its cultivation in Oregon in the course of the 1850s. Sutton attracts from a large choice of documentary and visible assets: diaries and early architectural trend books to present fabric, cultural literature and a wealth of exceptional pictures.

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17 Jackson also was impressed with Mills's reputation for designing fireproof structures and thus promoted him to the position of chief architect for the capital in 1836. Shortly after his appointment, Mills became the architect for the new Treasury Department Building. This structure would be much larger than his earlier efforts and far more complicated, since his superiors required a fireproof edifice. Mills subdivided the interior into vaulted masonry spaces. He provided convenient central corridors for access to and from the rooms and included primary and secondary stairways at strategic locations for safe exits.

14 Next, he won a competition to design the Monumental Church in Richmond, Virginia, as a memorial to the victims of a major fire in that city. 15 In 1830 he was appointed principal draughtsman to the Land Office in Washington. He began preparing plans for marine hospitals, customs houses, federal buildings in Washington, and other public buildings around the country. Within three years, however, the Treasury Building, Post Office, and Patent Office burned, opening new opportunities for architects in the capital city.

5 Hamlin downplayed European influences on the style, believing that the major components were created at home as evidence of democratic expression. Hamlin's work has withstood the test of time; it is still in print and widely circulated after nearly fifty years. In fact, it remained as the major national discussion of the Greek Revival style until Roger Kennedy's Greek Revival America appeared in 1989. In this magnificently illustrated volume, Kennedy looks more extensively at the social, political, and economic forces that contributed to the style.

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