Charleston Fancy: Little Houses And Big Dreams In The Holy City

May 28, 2019|
Charleston Fancy: Little Houses And Big Dreams In The Holy City by Witold Rybczynski
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A captivating chronicle of building in modern-day Charleston, making a case for architecture based on historical precedent, local context, and the ability to delight

Charleston, South Carolina, which boasts America’s first historic district, is known for its palmetto-lined streets and picturesque houses. The Holy City, named for its profusion of churches, exudes an irresistible charm. Award-winning author and cultural critic Witold Rybczynski unfolds a series of stories about a group of youthful architects, builders, and developers based in Charleston: a self-taught home builder, an Air Force pilot, a fledgling architect, and a bluegrass mandolin player.

Beginning in the 1980s, this cast of characters, exercising a kind of amateur mastery, produced an eclectic array of buildings inspired by the past—including a domed Byzantine drawing room, a fanciful medieval castle, a restored freedman’s cottage, a miniature Palladian villa, and a contemporary Mediterranean street. In his careful profiles of these protagonists and the challenges they have overcome in realizing their dreams, Rybczynski compellingly emphasizes the importance of architecture and urban design on a local level, how an old city can remake itself by invention as well as replication, and the role that individuals still play in transforming the urban landscapes around them.
Witold Rybczynski is an architect and emeritus professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Title:Charleston Fancy: Little Houses And Big Dreams In The Holy City
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:256 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:256 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.98 in
Published:May 28, 2019
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300229073

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