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Architect George Howe believed there were three pioneers of American architecture: Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and William L. Price. While Wright and Sullivan are still regarded as central figures in the history of American architecture, Price still awaits discovery.
Price, a disciple of Frank Furness who practiced in Philadelphia from 1833 to 1916, established the architectural character of the two of the nation’s greatest resorts, Atlantic City and Miami, thus shaping the architecture of the Roaring Twenties. Although his biggest and best-known projects, the Art Deco Traymore Hotel in Atlantic City and the Chicago Freight Terminal, were both destroyed, his Arts and Crafts utopian community in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania and and his Garden City community in Arden, Delaware survive to attest to the vigor of his ideas and the leadership he exerted.
Price left a legacy of exquisite houses, railway stations, and commercial structures that were widely emulated and reacall the best works of Frank Lloyd Wright and Greene & Greene. In addition, Price was an accomplished writer and furniture designer whose work was regularly featured in Gustav Stickley’s The Craftsman.
Price’s role in shaping American architecture is uncovered in this lavishly illustrated volume, which documents the architect’s complete works – including over 350 hotels, houses, and pieces of furniture – bringing to light this unknown American master.
Hardcover, 362 pages