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Sally A. Kitt Chappell

Pen Name: Sally Chappell

Connection to Illinois: Sally A. Kitt Chappell went to the University of Chicago for her MA degree and transferred to Northwestern for her PhD in architectural history.

Biography: Chappell is professor emeritus of art and architecture at DePaul University. After a career of teaching at DePaul, she became a free-lance writer. She has been published in many periodicals including ''The New York Times'' and is the author of the award-winning ''Architecture and Planning of Graham, Anderson, Probst, and White, 19121936'' and ''Cahokia: Mirror of the Cosmos'', both published by the University of Chicago Press.Chappell also serves as a trustee of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

  • Most Outstanding Book in Architecture and Urban Planning Award from the Association of American Publishers, 1992

Sally A. Kitt Chappell on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Architecture and planning of Graham, Anderson, Probst, and White, 1912-1936 :
ISBN: 0226101347 OCLC: 23212354

University of Chicago Press, Chicago : 1992.

"Fascinated by change, architectural historians of the modernist generation generally filled their studies with accounts of new developments and innovations. In her book, Sally A. Kitt Chappell focuses instead on the subtler but more pervasive change that took place in the mainstream of American architecture in the period." "Graham, Anderson, Probst and White, one of the leading American firms of the turn of the century, transformed traditional canons and made creative adaptations of standard forms to solve some of the largest architectural problems of their times--in railroad stations, civic monuments, banks, offices, and department stores. Chappell's study shows how this firm exemplified the changing urban hierarchy of the American city in the early twentieth century. Their work emerges here as both an index and a reflection of the changing urban values of the twentieth century." "Interpreting buildings as cultural artifacts as well as architectural monuments, Chappell illuminates broader aspects of American history, such as the role of public-private collaboration in city making, the image of women reflected in the specially created feminine world of the department store, the emergence of the idea of an urban group in the heyday of soaringly individual skyscrapers, and the new importance of electricity in the social order." "It is Chappell's contention that what people cherish and preserve says more about them than what they discard in favor of the new. Working from this premise, she considers the values conserved by architects under the pressures of ever changing demands. Her work enlarges the scope of inquiry to include ordinary buildings as well as major monuments, thus offering a view of American architecture of the period at once more intimate and more substantial than any seen until now." "Richly illustrated with photographs and plans, this volume also includes handsome details of such first-rate works as the Thirtieth Street Station in Philadelphia, the Cleveland Terminal Group, and the Wrigley Building in Chicago."--Jacket.

Cahokia :
ISBN: 0226101363 OCLC: 48533138

University of Chicago Press, Chicago : ©2002.

Chicago's urban nature :
ISBN: 0226101398 OCLC: 72354054

University of Chicago Press, Chicago : 2007.