An American Renaissance

An American Renaissance

Beaux-Arts Architecture in New York City

By (author) Phillip James Dodd
Photographs by Jonathan Wallen


Publishing 13th Sep 2021
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  • Written by a leading international authority of Classical architecture, as both architect and renowned educator of design
  • Outlines a comprehensive analysis of contextual theory and history that is referenced against contemporary studies and projects
  • Showcases glorious architectural examples across the entire city visually with lavish illustrations and rich full-colour photography, which are accompanied by informative and explanatory texts
Full Description

In the history of the United States, the Gilded Age, a term first coined by Mark Twain, is associated with an era of unparalleled growth, prosperity and cultural change — mansions in Newport; F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby; and the creation of the modern metropolis that we now recognise as New York City. Spanning from the 1880s to the 1930s, this period is also fittingly referred to as the American Renaissance. ...And just like in the Italian Renaissance, an elite group ruled New York. These were the titans of American finance and industry whose unprecedented, and unchecked, power and wealth was supreme in the land — Astor, Carnegie, Morgan, Rockefeller, and Vanderbilt. To this wealthy elite, it was not enough that the city merely be the nation’s financial capital. Their collective dream was to create a new city, a new metropolis that would also become the nation’s cultural capital. Simply put, their dream was to create a new “Paris on the Hudson” — and to do that they needed architecture rich in grandeur, full of historical reference, and dripping in embellishment, to flaunt their wealth and power to the world. Enter the Beaux-Arts style.

About the Author

Phillip James Dodd is one of today’s foremost experts on classical architecture and interiors. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, he moved to America 20 years ago, and in 2014 founded his eponymous design firm Phillip James Dodd: Bespoke Residential Design. Since then he has become one of the most sought-after young residential designers practicing today, with designs that can be found in Manhattan, Greenwich and Palm Beach. He is the author of two best-selling books The Art of Classical Details: Theory Design & Craftsmanship and An Ideal Collaboration, and is currently working on a new book on the architecture of the Gilded Age in New York.

The Images Publishing Group
Publish date
13th Sep 2021
World excluding Japan and South East Asia
356 mm x 280 mm
464 Pages
240 color, 40 b&w
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