Icons of American Architecture: From the Alamo to the World Trade Center (Greenwood Icons)

Icons of American Architecture: From the Alamo to the World Trade Center (Greenwood Icons)

Donald Langmead

Language: English

Pages: 632


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

What turns a building into an icon? What is it about some structures that makes their history and legend even more important than their original intended use, making them a part of American, and world, popular culture? Twenty four buildings and structures, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the White House, the Hotel del Coronado, and the Washington Monument are presented here, along with their roles in fiction, film, music, and the imagination of people worldwide. Approximately twenty five images are included in the set, along with sidebars featuring additional structures.

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Barret Travis was born in South Carolina in 1809. Eight years later his father moved the family of eleven children to Alabama, where Travis was educated. He was articled to James Dellet, a Claiborne lawyer, later becoming his partner and running a branch office at nearby Gosport. In October 1828 he married Rosanna Cato and settled down—for a while. He founded and edited the Claiborne Herald (it seems to have failed by 1829) and was appointed adjutant in the Alabama Militia. But his marriage was

misconceptions now fixed in the popular image of the Alamo. Certainly for most people in Texas, America, and beyond the name conjures the west façade of the church. And the site has changed much since 1836. After the battle the church was little more than rubble. Following years of debate over annexation by the United States, Texas became the twenty-eighth state at the very end of 1845. In the 1850s the U.S. government roofed the Alamo church, which it had leased in 1848 for use as an army

whole house. It has been observed that the hearth had always been more than a psychological center for Wright; in the open plans of his houses, although they were usually centrally heated, it was a physical center that expressed “otherwise intangible values and ideals about family and Fallingwater, Bear Run, Pennsylvania family life” and with the kitchen formed a central core around which the house was built. That was doubly paradoxical, considering the repeated and dramatic disruptions to his

Texas missions—Nuestra Señora Purísima Concepción de Acuña, San Juan Capistrano, and San Francisco de la Espada—all of which had failed because of drought, malaria, or French attacks, were relocated along the San Antonio River, creating the largest concentration of missions in North America. All were officially under the protection of the Presidio San Antonio de Béxar. National Parks Service (NPS) historians James Ivey and Marlys Thurber explain that the missions trained Native Americans as

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