The Iconic American House: Architectural Masterworks Since 1900

Dominic Bradbury. Thames & Hudson, $65 (320p) ISBN 978-0-50002-295-5
Journalist Bradbury (Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses) teams up with photographer Richard Powers in this attractive exploration of 50 houses from the last century that, in his opinion, rise to the level of architectural totems. Bradbury’s brief tours of these “masterworks” take the reader through familiar houses, such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater (built in 1939) and Charles and Ray Eames’s California house built a decade later, along with others designed by a veritable who’s-who of 20th-century architects: Richard Neutra, Louis Kahn, Robert Venturi, and Philip Johnson, among them. Bradbury also includes lesser-known dwellings by studio furniture maker Wharton Esherick, whose home is an “exemplar of a highly contextual, organic approach to architecture” and “remains a vital reference point in terms of sustainable modern design.” Powers’s exquisite photographs capture the buildings and their landscapes, and lend credence to Bradbury’s thesis that an architect’s vision, when unleashed and given the funds, can create, according to Bradbury, “shining landmarks within an American architectural dreamland.” This will be a treat for any art, architecture, or photography lover. (Oct.)
Reviewed on : 10/16/2020
Release date: 09/08/2020
Genre: Nonfiction
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