This half-day symposium will explore some of the new ideas that have emerged about late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American architecture. Established and emerging 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 paradigms of thinking.
9:00am Welcome and Introduction
9:10 Michael J. Lewis: "The Gilded Age and Its Enemies"
9:40 David Van Zanten: "Monument and Urban Texture in Beaux-Arts Architectural Composition c.1890"
10:10 Marvin Anderson: "The Society for Beaux-Arts Architects and Principles for an American Architecture"
10:40 Mary Beth Betts: "A Tale of Two Chambers" (New York's City Hall)
11:10 Response: Kevin D. Murphy
11:45 Gail Fenske: "New York 1900: The Skyscraper and the City"
12:15 Joanna Merwood: "The Chicago Skyscraper in the Gilded Age"
12:45 Darrin VonStein: Francis Kimball's Theaters
1:15 Response: Rosemarie Bletter
1:40 Thank Yous and End of Program
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