Architects to the Nation: The Rise and Decline of the by Antoinette J. Lee

By Antoinette J. Lee

This distinct e-book lines the evolution and accomplishments of the workplace that from 1852 till 1939 held a digital monopoly over federal development layout. between its extra memorable structures are the Italianate U.S. Mint in Carson urban, the large granite pile of the nation, warfare, and military development in Washington, D.C., the towering U.S. submit place of work in Nashville, long island City's neo-Renaissance customhouse, and such "restorations" because the old adobe Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe. In tracing the evolution of the workplace and its artistic output, Antoinette J. Lee conjures up the nation's massive efforts to accomplish a suitable civic structure.

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He designed them from a distance. Unfortunately for the building, it was constructed hastily and with masonry footings in place of the customary wooden logs in the trenches. In addition, a poor quality of brick was used, causing cracks in the walls. 1 Another great port city of the period, Baltimore—which emerged as a great commercial power during the Federalist era—was the site of a unique custom house designed to harmonize with a major commercial edifice. In July 1816, Customs Collector James H.

35 It appears that Duane relied upon Mills for other public building matters, because Mills also reported to Duane on the alterations to the custom house at St. S. custom house, Wilmington, North Carolina, 1844 –1846, John Norris. Courtesy National Archives. architects to the nation The departure of Duane, and his replacement by Roger B. Taney for a brief period and later by Levi Woodbury as secretary of the treasury, caused Mills’s relationship with the national public building program to become more tenuous.

In fact, during the early years of the nineteenth century, on-site supervision of public buildings most often fell to customs collectors who were to occupy the completed building. Later, Army engineers who had experience with the supervision of far-flung civil and military construction projects were assigned to superintendency responsibilities. The role of the private architect in the federal building program in these early years was a limited one. Architects were requested to produce plans for custom houses and marine hospitals.

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