Architects' Gravesites: A Serendipitous Guide (MIT Press) by Henry H. Kuehn

By Henry H. Kuehn

All operating architects go away in the back of a string of monuments to themselves within the kind of constructions they've got designed. yet what concerning the ultimate areas that architects themselves will occupy? Are architects' gravesites extra huge -- extra architectural -- than others? This distinct ebook presents an illustrated advisor to greater than two hundred gravesites of well-known architects, just about all of them within the usa. Led through our intrepid writer, Henry Kuehn, we discover that almost all graves of architects aren't huge yet really modest, that many architects didn't layout their ultimate resting locations, and incredible quantity had their ashes scattered.Architects' Gravesites bargains an alphabetical directory, from Alvar Aalto and Dankmar Adler (Louis Sullivan's accomplice) to Frank Lloyd Wright and Minoru Yamasaki (designer of the note alternate Center's dual towers). each one access features a short observe at the architect's occupation and a colour picture of the location. for instance, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is buried in Chicago lower than an easy granite slab designed by means of his architect grandson; Louise Bethune, the 1st American girl to turn into a certified architect, is buried lower than a gravestone inscribed purely together with her husband's identify (a plaque honoring her achievements was once put in later); Philip Johnson's ashes have been unfold in his rose backyard, without marker, around the road from his well-known Glass condo; and the grave of Pierre L'Enfant in Arlington nationwide Cemetery deals a wide ranging view of Washington, D.C., town he designed. Architects' Gravesites is an architectural consultant like no different, revealing as a lot approximately mortality as approximately monumentality.

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