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The Gardener's Cottage in Riverside, Illinois: Living in a "Small Masterpiece" by Frank Lloyd Wright, Jens Jensen, and Frederick Law Olmsted (Center ... Places - Center Books on American Places)

Maloney, Cathy Jean

Verlag: Center for American Places, 2010
ISBN 10: 1930066899 / ISBN 13: 9781930066892
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Titel: The Gardener's Cottage in Riverside, ...

Verlag: Center for American Places

Erscheinungsdatum: 2010

Einband: Hardcover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "This is exactly the kind of book I hoped would happen once my catalog of Wright's work was published. Richly illustrated, this work is not just an owner or occupant's story, but the full history of the house and its surroundings. From the birds that frequent the plantings of the gardener for which the building is named to the river that wanders nearby, from the 'native weeds' that neighbors wanted cut down to details of the Coonley's finding and development of the site in Riverside, here is the story of a small, beautiful house. Wonderful!"William Allin Storrer, author of The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion and The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_1930066899

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Riverside, Illinois, was designed in 1869 by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and his architect partner Calvert Vaux. Their unique design, which followed the contours of the landscape and emphasized open spaces, inspired the greatest architects of the time to undertake projects in Riverside. Among those projects was the Avery Coonley Estate, a rare joint effort by Frank Lloyd Wright and landscape architect Jens Jensen.  At the center of the estate, itself a National Historic Landmark, sits the Gardener?s Cottage, a small but unassuming masterpiece built for the estate?s gardener and his wife. The cottage matches the architectural aesthetic of the estate, and its naturalistic, stunning gardens reflect the overall emphasis on landscape and nature in Riverside.


But what is it truly like to live within a historic work of architectural art? Current owner and gardening writer Cathy Jean Maloney here records her discoveries and personal reflections on living in the Gardener?s Cottage with her family. In The Gardener?s Cottage in Riverside, Illinois, Maloney describes the cottage?s beginnings, providing biographical background and design insight into the house itself and Riverside?s key creators. She also highlights the often overlooked beauty of the cottage and illustrates how it is emblematic of Wright and Jensen?s holistic Prairie Style approach to building and landscape architecture. The size of the Gardener?s Cottage allows us to witness Wright?s aesthetic concerns in small detail and to understand his ideas on a more accessible and livable scale.


The Gardener?s Cottage is a welcome and original addition to the work on these world-renowned architects and planners. It not only celebrates their designs, but the simple daily beauty of living within them.


Über den Autor: Cathy Jean Maloney is a senior editor at Chicagoland Gardening. She is the author of Chicago Gardens: The Early History, published by the Center for American Places at Columbia College and the University of Chicago Press.

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