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Burnham of Chicago

Architect and Planner, Second Edition

With a new Introduction by Neil Harris
2009 marks the centennial of the influential Plan of Chicago. Designed by Daniel H. Burnham, coauthored by Edward Bennett and produced in collaboration with the Commercial Club of Chicago, the forward-thinking plan proposed many of the city’s most distinctive features, including its lakefront parks and roadways, the Magnificent Mile, and Navy Pier. As a result, by the time he died in 1912, Burnham was one of the most famous architects in America as well as an internationally renowned city planner. Thomas S. Hines’s book is at once both a biography of Burnham and a vivid portrait of the birth and growth of an American city. In commemoration of the historic anniversary of Burnham’s Plan, this edition of Burnham of Chicago includes a new introduction by American history scholar, Neil Harris.
“Indeed, the book as a whole is a model of the balanced portrait, sure of Burnham’s importance but always conscious of his failings.”—Paul Goldberger, New York Times Book Review

“In every sense this is the definitive biography.”—Harry Weese, Chicago Tribune
“Professor Hines has written what may prove to be an epoch-making book in the study of American civilization.”—Reyner Banham, Times Literary Supplement

474 pages | 148 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 1974, 1979, 2009

Architecture: American Architecture, Architecture--Biography

Biography and Letters

Chicago and Illinois

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2009 Edition
I. The Long Childhood
II. The Large Partnership
Burnham and Root, 1873-1891
III. Building in the Sky
Burnham, Root, and the Rise of the Skyscraper, 1881-1891
IV. The Big Dream
Planning the World’s Columbian Exposition, 1889-1891
V. The Make-Believe City
The Building of the Fair, 1891-1893
VI. Legacies of the Fair
VII. The New Capital
The Washington Plan of 1902
VIII. The Paradox of Progressive Architecture
The Cleveland Group Plan of 1903
IX. The Promise of Urban Planning
The San Francisco Plan of 1905
X. The Imperial Façade
The Philippine Plans of 1905
XI. Promoter and Benefactor
The Architect as Philanthropist
XII. The Private Life of a Public Man
XIII. The Architecture of Capitalism
D. H. Burnham and Company, 1891-1912
XIV. Beyond the White City
The Chicago Plan of 1909
XV. Uncle Dan
Epilogue: No Little Plans
Appendix A
A. Chronological List of the Buildings of Burnham and Root and D. H. Burnham and Company
Appendix B
A Note on, and Index of, Comparative Building Construction Costs, 1870-1970
Essays on Sources

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