The Resource Altogether American : Robert Mills, architect and engineer, 1781-1855, Rhodri Windsor Liscombe

Altogether American : Robert Mills, architect and engineer, 1781-1855, Rhodri Windsor Liscombe

Label
Altogether American : Robert Mills, architect and engineer, 1781-1855
Title
Altogether American
Title remainder
Robert Mills, architect and engineer, 1781-1855
Statement of responsibility
Rhodri Windsor Liscombe
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Altogether American relates the fascinating life and career of Robert Mills (1781-1855), the first native-born and American-trained architect. Although he designed the Washington National Monument, an enduring symbol of the United States, few know his name or contribution to American and architectural history. His career also provides an account of the beginnings of an independent American architecture and of the sociopolitical and cultural development of the republic before the Civil War
  • Although a Southerner by birth, Mills espoused abolitionist and enlightened views, in part learned from his chief mentors Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Latrobe. He actively promoted the establishment of national artistic institutions and published on a variety of subjects besides architecture, compiling proposals for canals, steam locomotion, railroads - including an elevated railway for New York City - and urban water supply
  • He executed commissions from Newburyport, Massachusetts, to Mobile, Alabama, and worked in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Columbia, South Carolina, and Washington, D.C
  • The diversity of Robert Mills's architectural career reflects the broad compass of his mind and complexity of contemporary American society - a Southerner opposed to slavery, a Unionist who cherished states and local rights, a moral conservative who championed reform, and a devout Presbyterian who believed in the beneficent power of science and technology
  • Combining architectural history and biography, Altogether American relates Mills's professional achievement and eventful private life to the wider historical context by selectively utilizing Mills's extensive correspondence and his diary. Excerpts from both sources woven into the text tell of his aspirations, anxieties, and achievements and illuminate current issues, especially the effects of the roller-coaster economy and the ethos of the age
  • The excerpts also reveal much about public and private patronage and the building trades and structural technology, and offer vignettes of colleagues, rivals, friends, and politicians
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Liscombe, R. W.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
NA737.M5
LC item number
L58 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1781-1855
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Mills, Robert
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mills, Robert
  • Mills, Robert
  • Mills, Robert
  • Mills, Robert (Architekt)
  • Architects
  • Architectes
  • Architects
  • Biografias de arquitetos
  • Arquitetura (estados unidos)
  • Biographie
  • United States
Label
Altogether American : Robert Mills, architect and engineer, 1781-1855, Rhodri Windsor Liscombe
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Upbringing and training, 1781-1808 -- Philadelphia, 1808-1914 -- Baltimore, 1814-1820 -- Columbia, 1820-1830 -- Washington, 1830-1842 -- Washington, 1842-1855 -- Retrospect
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
viii, 372 p.
Isbn
9780195080193
Isbn Type
(cloth : acid-free paper)
Lccn
92040045
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)27035841
  • (OCoLC)ocm27035841
Label
Altogether American : Robert Mills, architect and engineer, 1781-1855, Rhodri Windsor Liscombe
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Upbringing and training, 1781-1808 -- Philadelphia, 1808-1914 -- Baltimore, 1814-1820 -- Columbia, 1820-1830 -- Washington, 1830-1842 -- Washington, 1842-1855 -- Retrospect
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
viii, 372 p.
Isbn
9780195080193
Isbn Type
(cloth : acid-free paper)
Lccn
92040045
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)27035841
  • (OCoLC)ocm27035841

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