A Progressive Traditionalist: John M. Lyle, Architect

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-29
  • Publisher: Northwestern Univ Pr
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John M. Lyle (18721945) was an anomaly among architects: a Beaux-Arts classicist who nevertheless found much inspiration in modernism, allowing his own traditionalist practice to be affected in form and detail by a brave new emphasis on minimalism and indigenous influence. With ornamentation showcasing local flora and fauna and a turn to native landscape for inspiration, his innumerable buildings contributed to a burgeoning nationalism in the field. A Progressive Traditionalist traces this aesthetic trajectory, documenting Lyles training at Yale and in Paris, his early career in New York and his later success in Toronto, including countless legendary banks and residences and the iconic Union Station. Part biography and part architectural history, and extensively illustrated with colour photographs and drawings throughout, this book is the first to examine in depth the important contributions of one of the early twentieth centurys foremost architects.

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