Architects of an American Landscape: Henry Hobson Richardson, Frederick Law Olmsted, and the Reimagining of America's Public and Private Spaces


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Atlantic Monthly Press
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6.2 X 9.2 X 1.4 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Hugh Howard is the author of numerous books on architecture and design, including Architecture's Odd Couple; Dr. Kimball and Mr. Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson: Architect; Houses of the Founding Fathers; and a memoir, House-Dreams. He lives in New Hampshire.


Praise for Architecture's Odd Couple:

"Distinguished by clarity, narrative energy and evocative description . . . An appealing primer in 20th-century American architecture, with myriad insights into the vanity and interpersonal politics of the two men who dominated American architecture for a century." --Washington Post

"This informative dual biography argues that despite their difference the two architects influenced each other's work." --New York Times Book Review

"Architecture's Odd Couple satisfies an American need for gigantic personalities in adversarial postures . . . There [may] have been better books about Frank Lloyd Wright, but never a better account of Philip Johnson." --Spectator

"Read Architecture's Odd Couple for an introduction to Wright's beautiful buildings, his spectacle of an ego, his architectural-political philosophy, and for his influence on Johnson--the younger, fame-hungry architect who ends up serving as Wright's aperitif." --Washington Free Beacon

"Howard's prose is fluid, and he deftly explains technical terms without slowing the story. The result is narrative non-fiction of a high order, enlivened by anecdotes and quotations from two very outspoken and colorful characters." --Publishers Weekly

"An in-depth portrait of two 'grand men of American architecture' . . . New light is shed on both architects in this absorbing, well-organized, delightfully told story." --Kirkus Reviews

"Hugh Howard's nimble narrative . . . is about the on-again off-again relationship between Wright and Philip Johnson, a pairing that a novelist couldn't have improved upon . . . Howard moves fluidly from Wright to Johnson and back in chapters that alternate between key moments of intersection between the two men and their major works . . . A lively and insightful chapter of American architectural history." --Buffalo News

"Howard, a noted historian and author of eleven architecture titles, paints an expert picture of the relationship, during which the architects challenged each other and ultimately produced some of the nation's most enduring architectural works." --Architectural Digest