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Author Arenson, Adam, 1978- author.

Title Banking on beauty : Millard Sheets and midcentury commercial architecture in California / Adam Arenson.

Publication Info. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    701.03 Sheets,M ARE    Available
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    701.03 Sheets,M ARE    Available
Edition First edition.
Description 359 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 27 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : the story, the letter, the building -- Origins : Millard Sheets, Howard Ahmanson, and architecture before the letter -- Creating the Millard Sheets studio, creating the Home Savings style -- Home Savings and the Millard Sheets Studio build new places -- Home Savings in your community amid changing circumstances -- Expansion and change after Howard Ahmanson -- Beyond Millard Sheets, beyond California -- Preservation after Home Savings -- Appendix A : list of Sheets Studio artists and contractors and home savings artists -- Appendix B : how the Sheets Studio mosaics were made, by Brian Worley, Sheets Studio artist.
Summary I want buildings that will be exciting seventy-five years from now," financier Howard Ahmanson told visual artist Millard Sheets, offering him complete control of design, subject, decoration, and budget for his Home Savings and Loan branch offices. The partnership between Home Savings-for decades, the nation's largest savings and loan-and the Millard Sheets Studio produced more than 160 buildings in California, Texas, Florida, New York, Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri over the course of a quarter century. Adorned with murals, mosaics, stained glass, and sculptures, the Home Savings (and Savings of America) branches displayed a celebratory vision of community history and community values that garnered widespread acclaim. 'Banking on Beauty' presents the first history of this remarkable building program. Drawing extensively on archival materials, site visits, and oral history interviews, Adam Arenson tells a fascinating story of how the architecture and art were created, the politics of where the branches were built, and why the Sheets Studio switched from portraying universal family scenes to celebrating local history amid the dramatic cultural and political changes of the 1960s. Combining urban history, business history, and art and architectural history, Banking on Beauty reveals how these institutions shaped the corporate and cultural landscapes of Southern California, where many of the branches were located.
Subject Sheets, Millard, 1907-1989.
Ahmanson, Howard F.
Artists -- California.
Mural painting and decoration -- California.
Bank buildings -- California.
Art and architecture.
Art and society.
ISBN 9781477315293 (cloth ; alk. paper)
1477315292 (cloth ; alk. paper)
Sudoc No. Z UA380.8 AR33ba txdocs

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