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Walker & Gillette, American Architects: From Classicism through Modernism (1900s - 1950s)

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Walker & Gillette, American Architects: From Classicism through Modernism (1900s – 1950s)

Edith Crouch

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The work of Walker & Gillette, one of the leading architectural firms of the twentieth century, is documented with an extensive text and over 800 illustrations. These include many unpublished works by the company and by architect Joseph Mordecai Hirschman, whose passion for old world buildings influenced their design. The first half of the twentieth century featured a wide variety of architectural styles, including Classicism, Art Deco, and Modernism, which Walker & Gillette used well. Established in the early twentieth century, this firm would remain active until the 1950s. Over the years, the firm diversified, planning residential country estates, urban mansions, town homes, and apartments. Commercial, corporate, and governmental architecture, Art Deco skyscrapers, and unique commissions are all covered, as are the interiors they created for private yachts, ocean liners, the Playland Amusement Park, and their 1939 New York World’s Fair offering. This book has relevance and appeal to architects, artists, historians, and readers who love vibrant American history.

Size: 9″ x 12″ | 822 photos | 320 pp
ISBN13: 9780764345241 | Binding: hard cover


Edith Crouch is an author, glass artist and teacher, and she lives and works in North Carolina. She was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and spent her childhood in the Panama Canal Zone. Her undergraduate degree is in Art Education from Florida State University and she subsequently worked in corporate communications management for 15 years. Joseph Mordecai Hirschman was her maternal great-uncle. This is her fourth book with Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. Her first book, The Mosaics of Louis Comfort Tiffany was published by Schiffer in 2008. Her second book, Tiffany Studios’ Techniques: Inspiration for Today’s Artists, was published in 2010. The Mola: Tradition Kuna Textile Art, her third book, was published by Schiffer in 2011.