Dartmouth College: An Architectural Tour Paperback – Jun 15 2008
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"Some of America's finest architecture can be found around the grassy quads of college campuses, a heritage that Princeton Architectural Press is showcasting in a series called The Campus Guides. The books, which illustrate how academic goals were developed and expressed through campus design, include artful maps, photographs, archival drawings, and historical narratives written by architects or professors of architectural history."
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Scott Meacham has a master's degree in architectural history from the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and currently practices law in Virginia.
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The book itself is impressive to scan through: a lot of crisp colored plates showing different buildings and views of the campus. It would actually make a great coffee-table book for a Dartmouth alum or a Dartmouth parent. Though I would appreciate more views of the beautiful New Hampshire scenery (instead of an overwhelming number of building facades), the ambience of Dartmouth is nonetheless captured through these pictures.
The photos are organized as part of "walks" through the college, following a path that leads through various buildings and natural landscapes. Accompanying content describes the architectural as well as founding history of each point of interest along the path of the "walk". This usually means a discussion about the designers of the building, their inspiration and other historical influences, as well as other interesting tidbits that probably won't be mentioned in a normal campus tour. Some technical architectural vocabulary is used--especially in reference to architectural styles--but it is certainly manageable for the lay reader.
Overall, a good book for those interested in knowing more about the history of Dartmouth College through the keen architectural eye and a discussion of buildings along the walkways surrounding the Dartmouth Green.
If you are an alumnus or student, you will probably appreciate this book. Also, students of the Colonial Revival in both classical and post-modern contexts will find the book interesting, with many examples from the work of Charles Alonzo Rich and Jens Fredrick Larson.
Most prospective readers are going to be familiar with Larson from one of the many collegiate projects he executed. He created plans and buildings for such institutions as Bucknell, Colby, Wake Forest and Harvard. Though Dartmouth, in your reviewer's opinion, is not one of his better canvases, the book does present a wide representation of his exceptionally conservative style.
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