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The Work of Dwight James Baum


Edited by William Morrison
Introduction by Ronald McCarty
9 X 12 inches, 232 pp.
400 photographs, drawings, and floor plans
Cloth, dust jacket $40
ISBN: 978-0-926494-48-0
April 2008

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Dwight James Baum, the prolific New York architect, is perhaps best known for being the youngest person ever to receive the Gold Medal from the Architectural League of New York. By 1923, aged 37 and practicing independently for a mere eight years, Baum had already received recognition for designing lavish and sophisticated houses in the bucolic 1920s enclaves of the northwest Bronx Fieldston and Riverdale.

A pioneer in the field of architecture development, Baum allied himself with builders and real estate entrepreneurs to design houses for affluent suburbs rather than grand estates of the pre-World War I era. Built in a remarkably versatile repertoire of Dutch, Georgian, Colonial, English Tudor, and Mediterranean styles, Baum's designs were uniformly distinguished by their impeccable craftsmanship, fine detailing, restrained good taste, and integration of every imaginable modern convenience.

The Work of Dwight James Baumis a revised and expanded edition of the 1927 monograph. This volume showcases over 100 additional, rarely seen photographs of the architect's work, including Ca d'¬ôZan, the fantastical Venetian Gothic waterfront palace of John and Mable Ringling in Sarasota, Florida and the stately Italianate house of Anthony Campagna in Riverdale, New York. Also included are Baum's later career non-residential projects such as the fanciful Italian-Romanesque West Side YMCA in New York City and the ephemeral, Art Moderne-style buildings for the 1939 World's Fair in New York. The book features a comprehensive catalog of works and bibliography.


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