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French America [Hardcover]

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Item description for French America by Ron Katz, Arielle De La Tour D'Auvergne, Elsa Petersen-Schepelern, Amy White & Charles R. Kesler...

French America explores the rich French heritage in the United States. It is a highly visual book and a unique publication. Never before has the French heritage in America been presented this wayin full colour and with accompanying commentary. The book contains a broad overview of the history and present state of French structures and sites still standing in the US, from New England to the Gulf of Mexico. This is interspersed with special features on elements of French culture in the United States, such as the Huguenots and their descendants, French plantation architecture, and the cultural importance of Cajun country in Louisiana.

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Studio: Didier Millet
Pages   223
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 10.25" Height: 11.25"
Weight:   3.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 17, 2005
Publisher   Archipelago Press (SG)
ISBN  9814155152  
ISBN13  9789814155151  

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Clip Art
3Books > Subjects > History > Europe > France > General
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5Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > Building Types & Styles > Specific Styles
6Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > General
7Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > International > United States

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historically informative  Mar 26, 2007
This book was exactly what i needed to work with on an interior design project. It was easy to read and not so detailed that would make it dull.
Opens New Worlds!  Jun 11, 2005
"French America" is a dazzling, oversized coffee table book which opens an entirely new world all around the reader. I had expected a treasure of great pictures and was not disappointed. What I had not expected is the narration, not only descriptions of the pictures, but of the history of the French role in the development of the United States.

This book is a tour through many buildings associated with French settlement and development in the United States. Beginning with the early Huguenot settlements in New York and South Carolina, the reader is taken on to the heart of French America along the Great Lakes and down the Mississippi. Despite living among the greatest collection of French Colonial architecture in the country, I learned of near by structures of which I was totally unaware. The journey continues down the river to Louisiana with its living French culture amid the houses and buildings surviving from a way of life that is Gone With The Wind. The tour winds through sites in the Eastern states associated with French participation in the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars and concludes with Civic buildings in the Washington-Virginia area inspired by French architecture.

This book broadened my understanding of the French heritage around us and sharpened my appetite to visit some of these areas. It can do the same for you.
A Work Of Art  Mar 13, 2005
As a loving and dutiful son of both cultures, having been reared in France under the Nazi terror and having commanded American Infantry during the Korean War, I feel qualified to greet this treasure of a book with enthusiastic acclaim for being such a moving and exquisite celebration of the Entente Cordiale that holds these two great republics in a bond that no amount of maligning can destroy.The evocative text together with the extensive collection of superb photographs are the guides for a cultural, architectural and historical visit to the enriching French heritage that graces all the regions of the United States.No effort has been spared in designing and in producing this large and most elegant volume which is in itself a work of art.
A visual and intellectual delight  Jan 10, 2005
French America is one of those rare coffee table books that is both beautiful to look at and features a well-written and highly interesting text. The photos display incredible luminosity and skill. Both interior and exterior shots are infused with light that reaches out and grabs the viewer. The book itself is a true find - a vast historical and architectural frescoe of the French sites and buildings in America, spanning from New England, the Great Lakes and Mississippi Valley to the Gulf of Mexico.

I was fascinated to learn the history of French architecture from constructions along the Mississippi Valley, like Sainte Genevieve, Missouri, built by Normans using the same bousillage and colombage techniques found in local French villages. The more sophisticated architecture of the Creole plantations in Louisiana and the urban and civic buildings of Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C., created from the plan by Pierre-Charles L'Enfant remid us of the once prevading French influence in this country. Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's Virginia estate, was inspired by the Hôtel de Salm in Paris and his admiration of French architecture. The Maison Carrée in Nîmes was the prototype of another of Jefferson's architectural projects, the Capitol in Richmond, Virginia, designed along with the French architect Clérisseau.

The special features on history and French culture in the US are a delight, including the Huguenots and their descendants. George Washington himself had Protestant ancestors from the l'Ile de Ré off the Brittany coast. Other sections deal with the Creole influences and the cultural importance of the Cajuns in Louisiana. As the book points out, before the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, when Napoleon sold the territory for 15 million dollars,(the greatest real estate deal ever) the settlers of French origin made important contributions in the realms of architecture, education and trade. The Jesuits educated and converted Indian tribes, the coureurs de bois established fur trading posts, talented artisans constructed houses and monuments largely inspired by French architecture from France, Canada and the French West Indies while blending them in such as way as to create a unique new style : American architecture. A great discovery !
French America  Jan 4, 2005
Very nice photographs with informative text. A great gift for any American of French ancestry or someone with an appreciation of the French contribution to our culture.

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