[Outstanding collection of early architectural photographs featuring buildings in Chicago, Cleveland, New York City, Buffalo, Boston, and Michigan]
3 volumes, oblong quarto
1880·[Chicago, Cleveland, New York City, Buffalo, Boston, and Battle Creek, MI
[Chicago, Cleveland, New York City, Buffalo, Boston, and Battle Creek, MI, 1880. 3 volumes, oblong quarto. 219 albumen photographs, backed on linen. A handful of photos in the second volume dampstained. Contemporary cloth. Housed in a black morocco-backed box. An amazing collection of photographs of Gilded Age mansions in Chicago An astounding collection of photographs highlighting the golden age of architecture in Chicago, particularly the style of Richardsonian Romanesque, named for the prominent architect Henry Hobson Richardson. Some of Richardson's own work is featured in this archive, including some of his buildings in Cleveland and Boston. Other architects represented in these photographs include an array of the most famous designers in Chicago during the latter part of the 19th century, such as Daniel Burnham, John Wellborn Root, Franklin Pierce Burnham, Willoughby J. Edbrooke, Joseph Lyman Silsbee, Solon Spencer Beman, H.M. Hansen, John J. Flanders, William Carbys Zimmerman, and other partnerships, including Wheelock & Clay, Mason & Rice, Treat & Foltz, Cobb & Frost, Patton & Fisher, and more. Some of the photographs carry stamps from these architects on the verso, including Henry Ives and L.G. Hallburg, while others are identified through pencil notations or by captions in the negative, likely by the photographic firm that produced the images. The archive also includes architectural works from firms in other cities, including Marling & Burdett and Green & Wicks in Buffalo, N.Y. (both of whom had worked and studied in Chicago - Marling under Beaman and Burdett under Richardson), and C.F. Schweinfurth, Coburn & Barnum, and George Smith in Cleveland. Some of the identifiable buildings in this collection include the Potter Palmer residence, the McWilliams residence, the Borden house, the Ransom Cable residence, the McGill house, Chicago City Hall (designed by James Egan), the Hair & Ridgway Building, and H.H. Richardson's McVay residence (among about a half dozen other buildings identified as Richardson designs). A healthy amount of the images show buildings at various stages of construction, a rare feature for albums of architectural photographs like this. Though the subject matter includes buildings in several cities, the photographs themselves, or at least the printing of the photographs all seem to be the work of a single Chicago architectural photography studio, explaining why architectural works from disparate cities are presented together. Seemingly all of the photographs emanate from the Chicago photographic firm of Allgeier, with a handful of photographs from Allgeier & Bertwistle. The second volume includes numerous images focusing on interior design, as well as close-up details of various architectural features of buildings in Chicago, including the aforementioned Hair & Ridgway Building. The third volume contains views of railroad stations, namely Battle Creek Depot in Michigan (designed by Rogers & MacFarland of Detroit) and another unidentified station in New York, as well as additional buildings in Chicago and New York. An amazing archive of Richardsonian Romanesque architectural photographs from the style's heyday.
(Inventory #: 30373)
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