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Author Simpson, Pamela H. (Pamela Hemenway), 1946-2011.

Title Cheap, quick, & easy : imitative architectural materials, 1870-1930 / Pamela H. Simpson
Edition First edition
Published Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, [1999]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  691.09 Sim/Cqa  AVAILABLE
Description xii, 215 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents Cheap, Quick, and Easy: Introduction -- 1. Stone for the Masses: Concrete Block in the Early Twentieth Century -- 2. Embossed Facades: Ornamental Sheet Metal -- 3. Artful Interiors: Metal Ceilings and Walls -- 4. Fashion Floors: Linoleum, Its Predecessors and Rivals -- 5. Good Impressions: Embossed Wall and Ceiling Coverings -- 6. Grand Illusions: Other Faux Materials -- 7. Substitute Gimcrackery: Aesthetic Debates and Social Implications
Summary In this study, Pamela H. Simpson examines the architectural materials that proliferated between 1870 and 1930. As Simpson shows in fascinating detail, rockface concrete blocks, pressed metal imitations of stone, linoleum "marble" and "parquet," and embossed wall coverings made available to the masses a host of ornamental effects that only the wealthy could previously have afforded. But, she notes, wherever these new materials appeared, a heated debate over the appropriateness of imitation followed. Were these materials merely tasteless shams? Or were they economical, durable alternatives that democratically extended the possibilities of ornamentation? Far from being in "bad taste," she concludes, these new ornamental forms reflected modernism, democracy, and progress - some of the most deeply held values of the period
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-210) and index
Subject Building materials -- History.
Substitute products.
Synthetic products.
LC no. 98025486
ISBN 1572330376 (cloth : alk. paper)
Other Titles Cheap, quick, and easy