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Herbert Rowse, Paperback / softback Book


HerbertJames Rowse (1887-1963) was an extraordinary architect whoshaped the city of Liverpool with his array of exquisite buildings, plans, andinfrastructure.

Practicing in an eclectic manner that wasinfluenced by American Beaux Arts and later using simpler geometries ofmonumental bare brick, his large body of work reveals a modernity that wasconcerned with luxurious materials, restrained but contemporary decoration andsculpture, and bold forms often with a sense of theatre and performance. His work has endured passing trends andfashions, retaining a seductive appeal and resonance with visitors andoccupants alike, despite its often monumental massing and extraordinary scale. Thisbook aims to discern not only the architectural merits and advances of hiswork, but also their wider significance.

Through Rowse's work we gain a glimpseinto some of the broader agendas of the time and place, not least through thecorporate and banking commissions that accompanied the large docks and shippingfirms in Liverpool, where Rowse produced some of his most distinctive work.

Inaddition to these commercial ventures Rowse contributed to the post-war housingdebates through his proposals that looked to rows of cottages set aroundvillage greens, rather than high-rise living. Published in association with TheTwentieth Century Society.



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