Architects to the Nation: The Rise and Decline of the by Antoinette J. Lee

By Antoinette J. Lee

This special e-book strains the evolution and accomplishments of the place of work that from 1852 until eventually 1939 held a digital monopoly over federal development layout. between its extra memorable structures are the Italianate U.S. Mint in Carson urban, the massive granite pile of the kingdom, conflict, and military construction in Washington, D.C., the towering U.S. submit workplace in Nashville, big apple City's neo-Renaissance customhouse, and such "restorations" because the historic adobe Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe. In tracing the evolution of the place of work and its artistic output, Antoinette J. Lee conjures up the nation's huge efforts to accomplish a suitable civic structure.

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Spencer, likely selected Norris because he too was from New York and he knew of Norris’s practice throughout the southern states, in particular, at Savannah, Georgia. Norris’s active business in far-flung locations caused problems for him as he was frequently absent from the Wilmington site, and his role as an outsider caused resentment among Wilmington’s building tradesmen and politicians who coveted the position of superintendent of the building’s construction. The Wilmington building was one of the earliest custom houses to provide accommodations for customs collectors, postal services, a courtroom, and offices for other federal functions.

Beauregard, a member of the Corps of Engineers, who played an important su- the bureau of construction, 1852–1865 perintendency role in the public building program during the 1850s. Young also was asked to report on the foundations of the federal building at Bangor, Maine, and to prepare duplicate plans for the Charleston custom house. ”5 By late 1852, Young was not only called upon to handle inspection matters, but he was also already preparing designs for federal buildings. These designs included those for new custom houses at Norfolk, Virginia, and Cincinnati, Ohio.

9 The Second Generation of Custom Houses By the early 1830s, the federal government could claim a modicum of experience in the construction of public buildings to house its functions. The role of architects was better understood as well. Now the executive branch was ready to invest in major federal buildings that attested to a confidence in the stability of the young nation and its 17 18 architects to the nation governmental institutions. This period brought to prominence a new generation of architects associated with federal government building projects.

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