DANIEL H. BURNHAM Architect, Planner of Cities in Two Volumes
by Moore, Charles ; [Daniel H. Burnham]
Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Near Fine. 1921. First Edition. Hardcover. Former owner's name on front endpaper, otherwise clean and tight in original green cloth bindings with extensive gilt decoration. Volume One has only pieces of dustjacket; Volume Two has complete, but worn dustjacket. Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846 1912) was an American architect and urban designer. He was the Director of Works for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. He took a leading role in the creation of master plans for the development of a number of cities, including Chicago and downtown Washington, D.C. He also designed several famous buildings, including the Flatiron Building in New York City and Union Station in Washington D.C. Initiated in 1906 and published in 1909, Burnham and his co-author Edward H. Bennett prepared "The Plan of Chicago", which laid out plans for the future of the city. It was the first comprehensive plan for the controlled growth of an American city, and an outgrowth of the City Beautiful movement. Much of his career work modeled the classical style of Greece and Rome. In his 1924 autobiography, Louis Sullivan, one of the leading architects from the Chicago School but one who had enjoyed difficult relations with Burnham over an extended period, criticised Burnham for what Sullivan viewed as his lack of original expression and dependence on Classicism. A man of influence, Burnham was considered the preeminent architect in America at the start of the 20th century. He held many positions during his lifetime, including the presidency of the American Institute of Architects. . (Inventory #: 38694)
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