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Architecture of the Panama Canal Zone: Civic and Residential Structures & Townsites

Edith Crouch

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The civic and residential architectural structures, spanning the early decades of the 1900s through the 1960s, that defined America's presence in the Panama Canal Zone are examined. Through over 1000 images and detailed text, explore the major civic architectural achievements, including the Beaux Arts styles Administration Building and Prado, Gorgas Hospital, Balboa School, YMCA, Union Church, and the Panama Railway Station. Residential architecture is also looked at, including the re-purposing of the French structures that remained from France's efforts to construct a sea level canal, and the permanent concrete block, mid-century houses built for employees and their families. An array of renowned American architects and architectural practices created these civic and residential structures, including James Renwick, Jr., Austin W. Lord, Bertram Goodhue, Delano & Aldrich, Edward Durell Stone, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. This book is a great resource for architecture and history lovers.

Size: 8 1/8" x 9 1/8" | 1000+ images | 480 pp
ISBN13: 9780764346118

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Edith Read Barkowitz Crouch is an author, glass artist, and teacher who lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina. She grew up in the Panama Canal Zone. She graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Art Education, and has worked professionally in corporate communications. While studying in Florida, she traveled frequently to Winter Park's Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, where she was enthralled with the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany and his talented artisans. Her first book, The Mosaics of Louis Comfort Tiffany, was published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. in 2009. Tiffany Studios Techniques: Inspiration for Today's Artists was published, by Schiffer, in 2011. She returned to her background in Panama to write about the textile art of the indigenous Kuna in The Mola: Traditional Kuna Textile Art. In 2013, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. published Walker & Gillette, American Architects: From Classicism Through Modernism (1900s - 1950s).