BOOK REVIEW >>> Allan Greenberg: Classical Architect

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Image Page 102 © Michael Biondo

I have a longtime friend to thank for connecting me with the opportunity of previewing an advanced copy of the soon-to-be-released, Allan Greenberg: Classical Architect....  My anticipation for receiving my copy continued to grow after watching a short video highlighting some of the book's featured designs paired with Mr. Greenberg providing the audio narration. The words he chooses to sign off with, "a house is made of walls and beams, a home is built with love and dreams", could not ring more true when taking in this spectacular retrospective of work.

From first opening to the final words, this 12" X 12" hardcover book is breathtaking. Each page is saturated from edge to edge with examples of both important residential & commercial projects (including original architectural drawings), with every image transcending a quiet beauty in line & form. I can safely say that not only will this text serve as a source of pure visual joy, but one that I will forever refer to for inspiration and application of classical design elements & details, a style standard that Mr. Greenberg has championed since opening his firm in 1972.

Weatherstone -- Carolyne Roehm's Connecticut Home
Image Page 24-25 © Jonathan Wallen

To be noted, the book's foreword has been written by acclaimed designer, author, and House Beautiful contributor Carolyne Roehm. She recounts her journey of working with Mr. Greenberg in recreating & restoring her historic 18th century Georgian-style Connecticut home (photo above) following a devastating fire that consumed the entire interior, leaving only the original stone walls standing.

Included below are two examples of completed architectural gems from Mr. Greenberg's portfolio, followed by the video I discussed at the top of the post. Allan Greenberg: Classical Architect will be hitting shelves on October 1....  I highly recommend adding this comprehensive masterpiece to your literary collection. // Pre-order is available here.

Image Page 38-39 © Durston Saylor

A New Jersey Residence // Exterior (above) and Entrance Hall (below)

Image Page 42 © Durston Saylor

Image Page 198 © Wade Zimmerman

Coastal Residence // Exterior (above) and Three-Story Central Hall (below)

Image Page 207 © Wade Zimmerman

*All Images © Allan Greenberg: Classical Architect by Allan Greenberg, Rizzoli New York, 2013

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