McCallum, Ian: ARCHITECTURE USA. New York: Reinhold Publishing Corp., 1959.

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Ian McCallum

Ian McCallum: ARCHITECTURE USA. New York: Reinhold Publishing Corp., 1959. First edition. Quarto. Red cloth titled in black. Photo illustrated dust jacket designed by Herbert Spencer. 216 pp. Black and white photographs, diagrams and plans. Architectural historian’s bookplate and former owners address label to front endpapers. Dust jacket faintly rubbed Interior unmarked and very clean. Out-of-print. A nearly fine copy in a nearly fine dust jacket.

8.75 x 11.25 hardcover book with 216 pages and profusely illustrated with black and white photographs, drawings, diagrams and plans.  Beautifully designed and printed in the UK at the Shenval Press. Discussion and copious examples of the works of 33 architects in the field since 1950.  A wide-ranging look at the field by an expert critic.


  • Preface
  • Background
  • 5-8 page sections on each of these architects:
  • Louis Sullivan
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Mies van der Rohe
  • Richard J. Neutra
  • William Wilson Wurster
  • Richard Buckminster Fuller
  • Pietro Belluschi
  • Louis Kahn
  • Edward Durrell Stone
  • Marcel Breuer
  • Victor Gruen
  • Paul Schweikher
  • Bruce Goff
  • Philip Johnson
  • Charles Eames
  • Rafael Soriano
  • Gordon Bunshaft
  • Eero Saarinen
  • Eliot Noyes
  • Whitney Smith
  • Hugh Stubbins
  • Minoru Yamasaki
  • Carl Koch
  • Walter Gropius and TAC
  • A. Quincy Jones
  • Ralph Rapson
  • Edward L. Barnes
  • Harry Weese
  • John MacL. Johansen
  • I. M. Pei
  • Paul  Rudolph
  • Ulrich Franzen
  • Thornton Ladd
  • Bibliography

From the book: “Since 1950 the United States has attained a dominant place in world architecture.  Here, a British critic, Ian McCallum, surveys our arachitecture in breadth and depth, studying not only the major architects, but also their predecessors -- the great pioneers -- and the social and historical developments that carried their ideas to fruition.  The towering figure of Frank Lloyd Wright looms large not only in company with those other native pioneers, H. H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, Greene and Greene, and Leonard Maybeck, but also among those architects who today are re-shaping our cities --our country -- by employing some of the design and planning ideas, the materials and methods of building, first introduced by Mr. Wright.

These Americans were joined by Europeans who also have made great contributions to U. S. architecture -- Raymond Schindler, Richard Neutra, Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius.  Meanwhile, Harvard, Illinois, Oklahoma, M. I. T., North Carolina, University of Washington, University of California, and a list of schools which is still growing had been turning out more American modern architects -- William Wilson Wurster, Buckminster Fuller, Gordon Bunshaft, Minoru Yamasaki, Carl Koch, and others -- who soon began to make their impress.

In Architecture USA the author has combined first-hand experience with extensive research to draw a group portrait of what our British co-publisher calls "the most stimulating assembly of architectural minds in the world today."