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AIA Guide to the Architecture of Atlanta
AIA Guide to the Architecture of Atlanta Isabelle Gournay 0820314501 9780820314501 This lively guidebook surveys four hundred buildings within the Atlanta metropolitan area--from the sleek marble and glass of the Coca-Cola Tower to the lancet arches
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AIA Guide to the Architecture of Atlanta by Isabelle Gournay

This lively guidebook surveys four hundred buildings within the Atlanta metropolitan area--from the sleek marble and glass of the Coca-Cola Tower to the lancet arches and onion domes of the Fox Theater, from the quiet stateliness of Roswells antebellum mansions to the art-deco charms of the Varsity grill. Published in conjunction with the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects, it combines historical, descriptive, and critical commentary with more than 250 photographs and area maps.As the book makes clear, Atlanta has two faces: the Traditional City, striving to strike a balance between the preservation of a valuable past and the challenge of modernization, and also the Invisible Metropolis, a decentralized city shaped more by the isolated ventures of private business than by public intervention. Accordingly, the citys architecture reflects a dichotomy between the northern-emulating boosterism that made Atlanta a boom town and the genteel aesthetic more characteristic of its southern locale. The citys recent development continues the trend; as Atlantas workplaces become increasingly high-tech, its residential areas remain resolutely traditional.In the books opening section, Dana White places the different stages of Atlantas growth--from its beginnings as a railroad town to its recent selection as the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics--in their social, cultural, and economic context; Isabelle Gournay then analyzes the major urban and architectural trends from a critical perspective. The main body of the book consists of more than twenty architectural tours organized according to neighborhoods or districts such as Midtown, Druid Hills, West End, Ansley Park, and Buckhead.The buildings described and pictured capture the full range of architectural styles found in the city. Here are the prominent new buildings that have transformed Atlantas skyline and neighborhoods: Philip John and John Burgees revivalist IBM Tower, John Portmans taut Westin Peachtree Plaza, and Richard Meiers gleaming, white-paneled High Museum of Art, among others. Here too are landmarks from another era, such as the elegant residences designed in the early twentieth century by Neel Reid and Philip Shutze, two of the first Atlanta-based architects to achieve national prominence. Included as well are the eclectic skyscrapers near Five Points, the postmodern office clusters along Interstate 285, and the Victorian homes of Inman Park.Easy-to-follow area maps complement the descriptive entries and photographs; a bibliography, glossary, and indexes to buildings and architects round out the book. Whether first-time visitors or lifelong residents, readers will find in these pages a wealth of fascinating information about Atlantas built environment.

Author: Isabelle Gournay

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 365

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

Publication Date: 1992-12-01

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ISBN: 0820314501

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