Cincinnati was the first "great" city founded afterAmerican independence, and its prodigious growth reflected the rise of the new nation. Its architectureis a testament to that growth and to the importance of the city itself.Architecture in Cincinnati: An Illustrated History of Designing and Building an American City tracesthe city's development from the first town plans of the 1780s to the city that it is today, renowned for its dramatic architectural achievements. It is a fascinating story of patrons, politicians, architects, engineers, and planners building a city.Bringing the city's rich architectural history to life inluminous color photographs by noted photographer Alice Weston, Architecture in Cincinnati captures the beauty of the Queen City and the spirit of individual buildings, bridges, and urban places. Supplemented by historical images and interesting sidebars, Architecture in Cincinnati is an informative and lavishly illustrated book that will inspire renewed pride of place in residents of the city. Nonresidents and students of architectural and urban history will enjoy this authoritative introduction to aremarkable-yet typical-American city.
Sue Ann Painter, a cultural and political historian, isdirector of the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati. Her historical publications have won local, state, and national awards. Her most recent book, William Henry Harrison: Father of the West, is the first in a series on Ohio presidents.Beth Sullebarger is principal of a historic preservation consulting firm in Cincinnati. She has thirty years of experience in the field, includingseven years as director of the Cincinnati PreservationAssociation.Jayne Merkel, an architectural historian and critic, has written books about Michael Graves and Eero Saarinen. She was architecture critic for the Cincinnati Enquirer (1977-88). She is now a New York-based contributing editor for Architectural Design/AD in London and writes for numerous architectural journals in the United States.
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