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Elizabeth Scheu Close : a life in modern architecture / Jane King Hession.

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Detroit Lakes Public Library 921 CLO (Text) 33500013372156 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library 921 CLO (Text) 33500013372164 New Checked out 04/26/2021

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  • ISBN: 9781517908577
  • ISBN: 1517908574
  • Physical Description: xi, 211 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 x 27 cm
  • Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2020]

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"Elizabeth "Lisl" Scheu Close (1912-2011) was the first female modern architect in Minnesota. Over her 60-year career, she designed more than 150 residences in the state, which were stylistically rooted in Austrian and other European modern movements of the 1920s and 30s. The work of architect Adolf Loos was a primary influence -Close grew up in the 1912 Loos-designed Scheu House, a seminal early modern house in Vienna, Austria. In 1938 with her husband Winston Close, she cofounded the first practice in Minnesota dedicated to modern architecture. The book traces Lisl's life, education, and career from pre-World War I Vienna, to MIT, to Minnesota. Lisl was in the vanguard of professionally-trained women architects. Not only was she perceived as a "woman in a man's field" when she launched her career, she was also committed to a design aesthetic then not widely adopted by the public or the profession. Modernism, to Lisl, meant the design of buildings that "fit the modern style of living," or those that were practical, efficient, durable, and of their time"-- Provided by publisher.
Author Notes

Jane King Hession is a Minnesota-based architectural historian specializing in modernism. She is a founding partner of Modern House Productions and coauthor of John Howe, Architect: From Taliesin Apprentice to Master of Organic Design (Minnesota, 2014), Ralph Rapson: Sixty Years of Modern Design, and Frank Lloyd Wright in New York: The Plaza Years, 1954&;1959.

Joan Soranno is design principal with HGA in Minneapolis. Her award-winning projects of cultural and religious architecture include Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum, the entry pavilion for the Walker Art Center, and Bigelow Chapel at the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

Subject: Close, Elizabeth Sheu, 1912-2011.
Architects > United States > Biography.
Women architects > United States > Biography.
Women architects.
United States.
Genre: Biographies.

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