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The Architecture of Edwin Lundie

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Throughout a fifty-year career in St. Paul, architect Edwin H. Lundie (1886-1972) designed more than three hundred projects, predominently residences, many utilizing either Northern European or Early America themes. His architectural design, along with the Prairie School inventions of Purcell and Elmslie and the modernist themes of Ralph Rapson, are collectively considered the best work of Minnesota architects in the twentieth century. What set Lundie apart from his colleagues was his devotion to detail and love of fine craftmanship.

 

"The Architecture of Edwin Lundie has had a transformative effect on Minnesota architecture since its original publication in 1995. Many architects around the state have taken up Lundie's challenge of how to adapt traditional forms to today's needs. the book opened up new ways of thinking about 'regionalism' in Minnesota architecture, and for that, we are forever grateful."
—Tom Fisher, Dean of College of Design, University of Minnesota


Long overlooked as architects moved away from picturesque themes in favor of modernism, Lundie's designs are now enjoying a resurgence of attention concurrent with revived interest in postmodernism, regionalism, and sense of place.

Author Dale Mulfinger undertook this book after a decade of studying and recording Lundie's buildings and lecturing at local, regional, and national forums. Here he brings together a forward by David Gebhard that sets Lundie in a national context; a biographical essay by Eileen Michels; his own piece assessing Lundie's design principles; outstanding color photographs by Peter Kerze; and beautiful renderings in pencil and ink by Lundie himself. In addition, the book offers thirty profiles of individual buildings with photos, floor plans, and drawings to highlight features demonstrating Lundie's genius.

For the first time, the significance of this unique body of work is presented in The Architecture of Edwin Lundie for architects, art historians, designers, builders, craftspeople, students, and the general public.

See also: Edwin H. Lundie: Five Decades. A Journey in Art & Architecture

 

  • By: Dale Mulfinger
  • Format: Paper, 122 pages, 9 x 10.75, 50 color photos and 100 b&w illustrations
  • Publisher: MNHS Press
  • Product ##: 9780873513142


Dale Mulfinger, FAIA, is Professor in Practice in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota and a founding principal in the firm of SALA Architects, Inc. He has written three books for Taunton Press, The Cabin, The Getaway Home, and most recently Cabinology.

 

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