Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1921.
Two volumes. xviii, 260p; ix, 238p. Illustrated. Small 4to. Green cloth with architectural ornaments in gilt on the upper covers, t.e.g. Exceptionally nice copies in dust jackets. Books with just trifling rubbing to edges, front panel of Vol. II dust jacket toned. Slipcase perished. Item #22596
Burnham (1846-1912) was a major Chicago architect and planner - and the chief architect for the World's Columbian Exposition, as well as many iconic buildings.
"Mr. Burnham was the Director of Works at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, where he formed friendships with Theodore Thomas, Charles F. McKim, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and Frank Millet, which continued through their lives. In 1901 he was associated with McKim, Saint-Gaudens, and Frederick Law Olmsted in preparing the new plans for Washington, which are now being carried out. Then came plans for West Point, Cleveland, San Francisco, Manila, Baguio, and Chicago. He was deeply interested in the American Academy in Rome and took part in raising its endowment. Among his buildings are the railway stations in Washington, Pittsburgh, Chicago and New Orleans: office buildings in every city from Boston to San Francisco, and from Chicago to New Orleans. Finally he was Chairman of the National Commission of Fine Arts until his death in 1912.
Mr. Burnham established the principles of city-planning in this country and laid foundations on which cities are being constructed and reconstructed; and the story of his life has to do even more with the future than with the past." (Slipcase blurb).