American Design:  From Pilgrims to Plutocrats 

GENINT 741.414

Osher (50+). In this course, we explore early American art, architecture, interiors, furniture, and decorate objects.

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As Colonial America grew – from the first communities in the New World to the fortunes of the Gilded Age –  art, architectural styles, interiors, furniture, and decorative objects grew from basic simplicity to elegant and graceful styles. In this course, we explore the popular styles and design influences from the American Pilgrim, Georgian, Federal, Classical Revival, Victorian, Beaux Arts, and Arts and Crafts eras. We discuss the extraordinary influence of designers and craftsmen such as Paul Revere, Samuel McIntire, Charles Bulfinch, Duncan Phyfe, Charles Launnier, John Henry Belter, Stanford White, Henry Hobson Richardson, and Gustav Stickley. We discuss the social and political influences on their designs and look at the various furniture styles in relation to their interior settings, as well as construction techniques and types of materials including fabrics, woods, and decorative elements.

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