Architectural Follies in America

95 Architectural FOLLIES in America More than mere curiosities , all of the architectural follies described in this illustrated guide are masterpieces in their own right . Each is the incarnation of its creator ' s singular passion ...

Architectural Follies in America

Architectural Follies in America More than mere curiosities, all of the architectural follies described in this illustrated guide are masterpieces in their own right. Each is the incarnation of its creator's singular passion, vanity, or idée fixe, from the home of the future to the storybook castle, the palace of love to the monument of spite, the house of devotion to the pleasure garden. Architectural Follies in America offers readers an unparalleled opportunity to become acquainted with some of the most outstanding examples of this class of architectural marvel. With Gwyn Headley as our guide, we travel the length and breadth of the United States—from the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Niles, Illinois, to a house made of glass bottles in Death Valley; from the floating Taj Mahal in Sausalito, to the grotto of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, Maryland. In a narrative rich with historical erudition, choice tidbits of gossip, and no small measure of sparkling wit, Headley describes more than 130 structures in loving detail. He tells the full story behind each folly, what is known about its creator, the circumstances surrounding its construction, and its prospects for the future. "Follies stem from passion, obsession, and suspicion. They also come from happiness, grief, and confusion. They can take any form, any style. A folly is a state of mind, not an architectural style. Follies can even have a use or purpose, whether that was in the creator's mind or not." — Gwyn Headley

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Architectural Follies in America
Language: en
Pages: 222
Authors: Gwyn Headley
Categories: Architecture
Type: BOOK - Published: 1996-04-26 - Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Incorporated

Architectural Follies in America More than mere curiosities, all of the architectural follies described in this illustrated guide are masterpieces in their own right. Each is the incarnation of its creator's singular passion, vanity, or idée fixe, from the home of the future to the storybook castle, the palace of
America's Trade Follies
Language: en
Pages: 192
Authors: Bernard K. Gordon
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002-01-04 - Publisher: Routledge

America's Trade Follies controversially argues that the global political economy is hardening into regional blocs, in North America, Latin America, Europe and the Asia Pacific, organized around a powerful economic base and suspicious of each other. Bernard K. Gordon's masterful analysis shows that this division threatens American prosperity by limiting
Robert Morris's Folly
Language: en
Pages: 360
Authors: Ryan K. Smith
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-09-23 - Publisher: Yale University Press

In 1798 Robert Morris—“financier of the American Revolution,” confidant of George Washington, former U.S. senator—plunged from the peaks of wealth and prestige into debtors' prison and public contempt. How could one of the richest men in the United States, one of only two founders who signed the Declaration of Independence,
The English Folly
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Gwyn Headley, Wim Meulenkamp
Categories: Electronic books
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-07-31 - Publisher: Liverpool University Press

A fascinating book that looks at folly builders, people so blinded by fashion or driven by ideology that they spent great fortunes on making their point in brick, stone and flint. Most follies are simply misunderstood buildings, and this book studies the motives, characters, decisions and delusions of their builders.
American Studies
Language: en
Pages: 2058
Authors: Jack Salzman
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 1986-08-29 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is an annotated bibliography of 20th century books through 1983, and is a reworking of American Studies: An Annotated Bibliography of Works on the Civilization of the United States, published in 1982. Seeking to provide foreign nationals with a comprehensive and authoritative list of sources of information concerning America,