A.S.G. Butler
Antique Collectors’ Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK, 1984; originally published 1950, English
Nonfiction, Architecture
ISBN: 9780907462750

Three memorial volumes, compiled from the thousands of drawings found in the office of British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1969–1944), plans, elevations, and details of examples of his architecture.

Originally published in London by Country Life: volume 1, Country-houses; volume 2, Gardens. Lay-outs and town-planning. Bridges. Imperial Delhi. Johannesburg Art Gallery. The Washington Embassy. University buildings; volume 3. Town and public buildings. Memorials. The Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool.

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Peter Pennoyer

These three mammoth volumes document the work of the great British architect who was an inspiration when I was in Bob Stern’s office in the early 1980s. There were deft moves in plans, especially in houses, that seemed enticingly sensual compared to the prudish minimalism of many of the modernists practicing then. This work showed that classical and vernacular influences could be synthesized to create an architecture that was an inventive reinterpretation of precedent.

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