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Author Wilson, Chris, 1951 December 23-

Title Facing Southwest : the life & houses of John Gaw Meem / Chris Wilson ; photography by Robert Reck.

Published New York : Norton, [2001]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  728.092 WILS MF19    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description 178 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-173) and index.
Contents Part I Facing Southwest 3 -- Part II Design Patterns 61 -- Floor Plans 62 -- Picturesque and Classical Composition 69 -- Entry Paths 76 -- Salas and Living Rooms 87 -- Alcoves and Window Seats 93 -- Fireplaces 98 -- Ceilings, Floors, and Walls 104 -- Doors 110 -- Built-ins 117 -- Solar Portales and Living Porches 120 -- Patios, Terraces, and Gardens 128 -- Part III Design Idioms 135 -- Refining the Spanish-Pueblo Revival: The Conkey Residence, 1928 135 -- Creating the Territorial Revival: Los Poblanos Ranch, 1932-35 140 -- Seeking a Contemporary Southwest Style: The Meem Residence, 1937 156.
Summary Long Recognized for his landmark public buildings in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Colorado Springs, John Gaw Meem's name is synonymous with Santa Fe style. Facing Southwest provides the first intensive introduction to Meem's great houses -- sun-baked retreats that echo desert mesas and open out to vast landscape panoramas. It uncovers the fascinating personal odyssey that took Meem from a bicultural childhood in Brazil to the Virginia Military Institute, to work on the design of New York City subways, to an abbreviated career in international banking in Brazil, and to a tuberculosis sanitarium in Santa Fe, where he found his life's work.
As an architect, Meem brought the Spanish-Pueblo style to maturity, created his own brand of regional classicism -- the Territorial Revival -- and worked to reconcile Modernism with southwestern traditions, notably in his innovative solar adobe houses. A book filled with dazzling photographs of the southwest landscape and Meem's signature houses, Facing Southwest is both intellectual biography and design handbook.
Other author Reck, Robert, 1945-
Subject Meem, John Gaw, 1894-1983 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Architecture -- Southwest, New -- History -- 20th century.
Architecture, Domestic -- Southwest, New.
ISBN 0393730670