Fifth Avenue: History of America's Street of Dreams (Hardcover)

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New York’s Fifth Avenue, America’s ‘Street of Dreams’ is one of the most remarkable thoroughfares in the world. Shown on the Commissioners’ map of 1807 emerging from a country road, then in the proposed grid plan of 1811 as one of the major boulevards, Fifth Avenue by the end of the century was synonymous with a lavish fashionable life, grand mansions, and services catering to the wealthy. Above Washington Square, in the 1840s and 50s, mainly speculative brownstone rowhouses marched steadily northwards. The merchants of the port, the social fabric of the City, after the Civil War shunned the more aggressive arrivistes such as Alva Vanderbilt and Marietta Stevens who employed European-influenced architects and decorators to build and furnish grand mansions in contrast to their brownstone neighbours.

And then, it was all gone. Swept away in the shadow of tall buildings, the New York house was no longer the ultimate symbol of identity. All that exquisite and substantial work quickly fell before the wrecker’s ball.

This book seeks to recreate Fifth Avenue as it grew, flourished and failed. Over 200 archive photographs help tell the story of Fifth Avenue’s 19th- and early 20th-century architecture and society.

About the Author

Mosette Broderick, Clinical Professor in the Department of Art History, New York University, is also the Director of the London MA Programme in Historical and Sustainable Architecture. Professor Broderick’s many lectures and publications include Triumvirate: McKim Mead &White: Art, Architecture, Scandal and Class in America’s Golden Age.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781739164027
ISBN-10: 1739164024
Publisher: Unicorn Publishing Group
Publication Date: January 24th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English