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- DescriptionThis book investigates a group of teworthy public garages featuring facade designs based on historical architectural styles. Considering the garages' function, the facades exhibit a surprising grace and bility. Through an analysis complemented by photography and drawings, the author dissects the architectural and cultural factors that lie at the heart of this unexpected merit. Featured are sixty photographs of garages shot by ted architectural photographer Sharon Risedorph. Addressing the discrepancy between the buildings' beauty and the assumption that old garages are unsightly and disposable, the book examines them as cultural artifacts of the dawn of the Motor Age. The garage is presented as a new form of transportation depot, employing architectural symbolism to celebrate the ascendancy of the automobile over the train. As the automobile gained acceptance and transformed the American landscape, this symbolism lost immediacy, eventually falling into obscurity. Today, the buildings are vulnerable to real estate development, in part because their quality is misunderstood. The book--a fresh perspective on the value of older utilitarian buildings--concludes with a call to preserve these structures and adapt them to compatible new uses.
- Author(s)Mark D. Kessler
- PublisherMcFarland & Co Inc
- Date of Publication30/05/2013
- Place of PublicationJefferson, NC
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMcFarland & Co Inc
- Weight522 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine23 mm
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