Near Fine. Item #10145
Washington, D.C. and Heilbronn: Historical Society of Washington, D.C. and Stadtarchiv Heilbronn, 2005. First Edition. Quarto (29.5x24x2.5cm); 184pp, including chronology; list of Cluss buildings, and index. Documentary and photographic illustrations throughout.
Photographic sepia card covers with French flaps; rear flap unfolds to a map of Washington, D.C. in the era of Cluss's greatest activity. Both wrappers and textblock are impeccable, Near Fine; card spine uncreased and uncracked. Sewn gatherings.
The contribution of Cluss to the urban landscape in DC was enormous, perhaps second only to Pierre L’Enfant. Cluss’s extant buildings including the Smithsonian Castle reconstructions and remodelings, the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, the Eastern Market, the Masonic Temple in NW, the Franklin and Sumner Schools, the elaborate rebuilt wing of the Patent Office Building within the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum, and the Alexandria Market House and City Hall. In addition, he designed dozens of other hotels, churches, residences, schools and other buildings now—alas—all gone with the wind.
This volume was published to coincide with the exhibitions about Adolf Cluss and his work held in Washington, D.C.and Heilbronn, Germany in 2005 and 2006.