Building Facades: Faces, Figures, and Ornamental Details

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A visual library of the world's most beautiful building facades, this original work offers architects, preservationists, and restorers the first complete and practical guide to the identification and restoration of the ``face'' of any building. Filled with 1,000 photographs that capture these architectural treasures within their historical and social context, the book employs a photo-essay approach to chronicle the diversity of building facades around the world. All of the facades featured are fully described in terms of their materials, construction, and architectural style. Multiple cross-referencing allows readers to access specific information or images chronologically or geographically, as well as by building type, structural location, type of detail, or material.

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This book chronicles the diversity of building facades around the world. Hundreds of images are shown within their historical and social context and are easily accessed through chronological, geographical, structural location (e.g., cornices, windows, etc.), building type, type of detail (face, figure, ornament), the facades and their buildings in terms of materials, construction, and architectural style. Facades are invaluable to our architectural heritage, and their restoration is integral to historic preservation as well as to the renovation of buildings for commercial and institutional use. Unique in the literature, this book will become a standard reference.

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The definitive reference to the identification and restoration of building facades, featuring more than 2,000 images "This is a book of photographic images, drawings, and evocative text about building facades-their design and adornment with faces, figures, and ornamental detail. It covers their history from Egypt through the Modern Movement. . .catalogs them with cross-references. . .and features case studies of the preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuse of building facades today. . ."This book is an act of preservation in itself, by saving these details and faces photographically. It contains more than 2,000 images. The main focus is on the incredible beauty of the details on the facades, and how they must be protected from being destoryed in the wake of progress." author Ernest Burden. Never before has one book chronicled the history, diversity, and importance of building facades and the details that enrich them. Here is the first such guide--a rich visual sampling that engages the eye and the mind. Designed for a professional audience of architects, urban planners, perservationists, and students, Building Facades will also captivate everyone who values the world's architectural heritage.

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