- Hardcover: 672 pages
- Publisher: Univ of Virginia Pr; 2nd Revised ed. edition (May 7 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0813931576
- ISBN-13: 978-0813931579
- Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 4.9 x 26.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
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Buildings of Michigan, Revised Edition Hardcover – May 7 2012
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About the Author
Kathryn Bishop Eckert, an architectural historian and historic preservationist whose thirty-five years of experience have taken her throughout Michigan to study buildings and cultural landscapes and assist communities with preservation activities, is Michigan's past State Historic Preservation Officer and a former advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the author of several books, includingThe Sandstone Architecture of the Lake Superior Region and The Campus Guide: Cranbrook.
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Most of the 644 pages are devoted to individual buildings and other structures dating from the early 19th century to those still under construction. More than 950 informative essays begin with basic data (current and historic names; construction and restoration dates; architects; and addresses) followed by architectural details, significance and historical contexts. The arrangement is by regions, cities and towns, each with useful introductions.
Some 400 photos and maps enhance this carefully researched and well written book. A useful Glossary and a Bibliography of standard and less common resources are included. Especially noteworthy is the detailed Index -- with one major caveat. Many readers will appreciate listings for artworks and sculptures, styles, and numerous structure types from bridges, forts and railroad stations to industrial buildings, places of worship and apartments. However I am puzzled and chagrined that not all building names appear in the Index.
Eckert, an architectural historian and historic preservationist, has omitted some entries from the first edition and has judiciously rewritten or added others. As with the earlier edition (Oxford University Press), this is part of the Society of Architectural Historians' Buildings of the United States series.
"Members (of the Huron Mountain Club in the Upper Peninsula)now include affluent Michigan families like the Fords, Algers, Ferrys, Bentleys, and Angells - many of whom exploited the resources of the wilderness but saved this particular wilderness as sancturary and hideaway for themselves."
The Fords have not been members since the 1930's. The Algers, Ferrys, and Angells have never been members. The Bentleys are members but are not a "Michigan Family" (they're from Chicago). Furthermore their affluence is somewhat open to question