This half-day symposium will explore some of the new ideas that have emerged in the last decade or so about Gilded Age architecture. Important scholars in the field will present their work and suggest new directions for future scholarship on this important but often maligned period of building. The demise of the canonical modernist paradigm has given scholars new opportunities to appreciate and critically examine this architecture; this symposium will explore some of the implications of this recent historiography and the new paradigm of thinking about late nineteenth-century American architecture. Panelists will also suggest the interdisciplinary aspects of the field of architectural history by situating this work within its broader cultural, political, and social contexts in the Gilded Age.
The symposium will be held on Friday, October 16, 2009 at the CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY).
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