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The model architect : the panic of '09 / Karen Hanmer.
1 artist book (47 unnumbered pages) : illustrations, plans ; 36 cm
University of California Berkeley
Alternative Title
Panic of '09
Facsimile title page: Model architect, a series of original designs for cottages, villas, suburban residences, etc., accompanied by explanations, specifications, estimates, and elaborate details : prepared expressly for the use of projectors and artisans throughout the United States
Nevins, Iris, contributor.
Sloan, Samuel, 1815-1884. Model architect.
United States. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Environ Dsgn has copy #17 of 30.
artist book
[Glenview, Cook County, Ill.] : Karen Hamner, [2010]*"©2010."
Limited edition of 30 copies.
Title from colophon; name of artist and publisher from copyright notice, place of publication and descriptive text from the artist's Web site.
The Model Architect: The Panic Of '09 is based on The Model Architect, Samuel Sloan's 1852 collection of house plans and instructions to contractors. The new work pairs historical text and illustrations from Sloan's work with contemporary text from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's online Guide to Avoiding Foreclosure. The colophon provides commentary by the artist, noting the effects of speculation and financial collapse in her own neighborhood. The book is bound using the drum leaf structure, but is evocative of a mid 19th century binding in its use of materials and decorative elements: leather spine, marbled paper, decorated edge, gold tooling and titling. The large page size mirrors that of Sloan's work. The Model Architect: The Panic Of '09 is one of six winners of the Building by the Book competition sponsored Philadelphia Athenaeum and Philadelphia Center for the Book.
Printed on double leaves. All pages of text within border with decorative corner pieces in imitation of book design in The model architect.
Contains pigment inkjet reproductions of 19 full-page lithographs in The model architect; original lithographer was P.S. Duval's Steam Lith. Press, Philadelphia.
Samuel Sloan's The Model Architect was published at the mid point of a century marked by cycles of rampant speculation followed by financial collapse. The Panic of 1857 came on the heels of publication of Sloan's work, and put a halt to the most active portion of his career. This milieu mirrors what has happened in my own neighborhood of modest homes over the past fifteen years. The transformation began with some owners remodeling their kitchen, or adding a family room or bedroom. Then larger additions came. Ultimately, the houses commanded high prices to be sold as teardowns. Huge new houses were built in their places. The construction proceeded with increasingly grandiose features; portions of the facade faced with thin sheets of stone, wooden garage doors with cast iron-like fittings, decorative copper accents on the roofs, turrets, lions flanking the brick driveways. Now the house across the street, the house next door, and the house next door to that are all in foreclosure, and soon will be uninhabitable. The lawns grow without interruption. Without electricity and heat the basements fill with water, the pipes burst, the mechanicals are destroyed. Few modest, affordable homes remain in the neighborhood. -- Colophon.
As a result of the Trump administration's restructuring of HUD the cited web address is no longer operable.
Clara Kilbourn Library Fund. CU-ENVI
Call number
N7433.4.H35 M63 2010
Collection Location
Environmental Design Library
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