Oct 27

Scope, Shape, Contents

11 Nellie Walker MichLeague2

Scope, Shape, Contents

40 Ann_Arbor_News_06 science


In geographic scope the Field Guide will cover the United States. As you’d expect, most architectural sculpture appears in New York and Washington D.C., but there is significant and valuable regional work, and the Nebraska samples on this website demonstrate great stuff in apparently-unlikely places. Most, but not all, of the work happens between 1870 and 1940.

37 Ann_Arbor_News_2 travel


The Field Guide will serve two basic markets.

For architectural tourists and general readers, it will tell the stories of specific buildings in Nashville, or Denver, or Cleveland, for those planning trips, and also put those buildings into a broader national context and a better understanding of who did this work, when, and why. So it must be engagingly written, easy to navigate, and designed for easy cross-referencing.

For people in the architectural field, ranging from architectural historians and critics to students and local preservationists, it will be the first-ever survey of its kind, with the potential to become a standard reference. So it must be sourced, indexed, written in a balanced way, teachable, and academically valuable.

To serve both of these markets, we expecte the Field Guide to take this shape:

– An interpretive introduction, providing an overview of the whole field, a guide to stylistic development by decade, a description of the day-to-day workings of this vanished industry, and how architectural and sculpture fits together (and sometimes doesn’t)

– The body of the book, arranged geographically, with entries for individual buildings, similar to the samples here

– Miniature biographies of the sculptors (see the list below) with their work cross-referenced

– Above everything, it has to be well illustrated

39 Ann_Arbor_News_5 printing


We have too much material to fit into one volume. We’ve gotten the advice, good advice we think, that the publisher will guide the final contents of the book. So this is one alternative:

A book of about 110,000 words.

The introduction would be about 12,000 words, 10% to 12% of the total.

We’ve identified about 700 buildings coast-to-coast for individual entries. Assuming we pare this number to the 250 best-and-most-entertaining buildings across the country, and budget 80,000 words for the bulk of the book, that’s 320 words per entry. Some would need fewer. Some, like the U.S. Custom House in New York City, would need more. For instance, this description of the Woodmens Accident Building in Omaha comes in just at 324. Obviously there’s a balance to be struck between depth and breadth.

This leaves another 18,000 words for the biographies of the sculptors and, importantly, the lists of their major commissions.

38 Ann_Arbor_News_7 photography


We have over 1000 original documentary photographs at our disposal for this project, with other sources at hand. There’s also room for diagrams that explain some of the design decisions, the entertaining terminology (spandrels, tympani, tondi, acroteria, pediments, friezes, caryatids, telemons, finials), and images like this one, for the LeVeque Tower in Columbus, Ohio:

LeVeque Tower public domain

We’d like to consider a Bonus CD, tucked into a sleeve in the back cover, to allow including more photographs and illustrations than can be economically printed in color.

Our legal research tells us all these photographs are derivative works of publically accessible artwork. Even if the sculptural works are copyrighted, which was not common practice until the 1960s or 1970s, their photographic depiction in a scholarly work is covered under the fair use exception. Such reproduction will tend to promote, not undermine, the value of the sculptural artwork.

 AnnArbor_News_8 art


This is a partial list of the architectural sculptors and carvers whose work we discuss. Only a few of these names are well-known. Maybe five. But our Field Guide will show which of these names were important architectural sculptors, and where their work can be found.

Robert Aitken
Herbert Adams
Edmond Amateis
Louis Amateis
John Angel

Henry Kirke Bush-Brown
Richard Bock
Oscar Bach
Theodore Barbarossa
George Grey Barnard
Clement Barnhorn
Barth and Staak
Paul Wayland Bartlett
Theodore Baur
Karl Bitter
Gutzon Borglum
John David Brcin
George T. Brewster
Caspar Buberl

Rene Paul Chambellan
Samuel Cashwan
Alexander Milne Calder
Alexander Stirling Calder
Herring Coe
Joseph Coletti
Joseph Conradi


Pompeo Coppini
Kenyon Cox

John Donoghue
Donald De Lue
Guiseppe Donato
John Donnelly

Ellin and Kitson
Ulric Ellerhusen
Frank Edwin Elwell
John Evans

Leo Friedlander
James Earle Fraser
Fischer & Jirouch
Gladys Caldwell Fisher
John Flanagan
Laura Gardin Fraser
Marshall Fredericks
Daniel Chester French
Sherry Fry

Robert Garrison
Merrell Gage


Charles Grafly
John Garatti
Archibald Garner
Boris Gilbertson
Erwin Goeller
Angela Gregory
John Gregory

Walker Hancock
Leon Hermant
Henry Hering
Benjamin Hawkins
Julian Hoke Harris
Ernest Haswell
Donal Hord
Milton Horn

Alfonso Iannelli

Albert Jaegers
Augustine Jaegers
C. Paul Jennewein
Raoul Josset
Sylvia Shaw Judson

Isidore Konti
Charles Keck
Joseph Kiselewski
Maxfield Keck
Roy E. King
Henry Kreis
Kristian Schneider

Gaston Lachaise
Michael Lantz
Lee Lawrie
Leo Lentelli
Henry Augustus Lukeman
Gwen Lux

Alvin Meyer
Philip Martiny
Ivan MeŇ°trovic’
Frederick MacMonnies
Hermon Atkins MacNeil
Bartolo Mako
Paul Manship
Herman Matzen
Albert McIlveen
William McVey
Hildreth Meiere
Carl Milles
Bruce Moore
Jo Mora


Domingo Mora

Charles Niehaus

Andrew O’Connor

Attilio Piccirilli
Piccirilli Brothers
Rudolph Parducci
Corrado Parducci
Haig Patigian
Roland Hinton Perry
Albin Polasek
Edward Clark Potter
Bela Pratt
Dudley Pratt
A. Phimister Proctor

Edmond Quinn

J. Massey Rhind
Julian Lee Rayford
Ulysses Ricci
Eliseo Ricci
Frederick Roth
Frederick Wellington Ruckstull

Albert Stewart
Salvatore Cartaino Scarpitta
Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Louis Saint-Gaudens
Phillips Sanderson
Edward Sanford
Armin A. Scheler
Carl Schmitz
Louis Slobodkin
Ralph Stackpole
Lawrence Tenney Stevens
John H. Storrs

Lorado Taft
Francois Tonetti
Mary Lawrence Tonetti
Fred M. Torrey

Adolph Alexander Weinman
Olin Levi Warner
Nellie Walker
Edgar Walter
Heinz Warneke
J.Q.A. Ward
Sidney Waugh
White Rabbits
Whyte and Priest
Wheeler Williams

William Zorach
Bruno Louis Zimm
Emil Zettler