By Lydia Mattice Brandt
Over the earlier 2 hundred years, american citizens have reproduced George
Washington’s Mount Vernon plantation condo extra frequently, and in a greater diversity of media,
than any in their country’s different ancient structures. during this hugely unique new book,
Lydia Mattice Brandt chronicles America’s obsession with the 1st president’s
iconic domestic via ads, prints, work, renowned literature, and the full-scale
replication of its architecture.
Even earlier than Washington’s demise in 1799,
his condominium used to be an incredible image for the hot kingdom. His countrymen used it to idealize the
prior in addition to to awaken contemporary--and even divisive--political and social beliefs. In the
wake of the mid-nineteenth century’s revival craze, Mount Vernon grew to become an noticeable choice
for architects and consumers trying to reference the prior via structures in residential
neighborhoods, at world’s festivals, and alongside the industrial strip. The singularity of the
building’s trademark piazza and its connection to Washington made it immediately
recognizable and straightforward to replicate.
As a myriad of usa citizens imitated the
building’s structure, the Mount Vernon girls’ organization conscientiously interpreted
and preserved its cloth. buying the home in 1859 amid extreme scrutiny, the organization
safeguarded Washington’s domestic and ensured its accessibility because the nation’s leading
ancient condo museum. pressure among renowned photographs of Mount Vernon and the
organization’s "official" narrative for the home during the last one hundred fifty years
demonstrates the shut and ever-shifting courting among ancient upkeep and popular
architecture.In life for about so long as the us itself, Mount Vernon’s
photograph has remained strikingly suitable to many competing conceptions of our country’s
historic and architectural identity.
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