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William A. Gleason

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814732465

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814732465.001.0001

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Coda Black Cabin, White House

Coda Black Cabin, White House

(p.189) Coda Black Cabin, White House
Sites Unseen

William A. Gleason

NYU Press

This concluding chapter explains how by the 1920s, American architecture had firmly consolidated itself as a profession and begun to receive international recognition. New forms and phases would soon take center stage as pluralist experimentation in the arts of building gave rise to the classic era of the modern skyscraper, to ambitious plans for the redesign of urban space, and to “modern” ideas about the organization and appearance of suburban neighborhoods. American literary production would find itself at a similar crossroads, marked by the advent of a more experimental modernism and the emergence of the Harlem Renaissance. If the built environment is always shaped in some way by race, the book aims to urge others to productively investigate the ongoing contact between race, writing, and architecture, and to historicize and particularize this intricate interrelationship as thoroughly as possible.

Keywords:   American architecture, pluralist experimentation, modern skyscraper, urban space, suburban neighborhoods, American literature, modernism, Harlem Renaissance

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