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By Barry Magrill

ISBN-10: 0773539824

ISBN-13: 9780773539822

In the late-nineteenth century the flow of trend books that includes medieval church structure in England facilitated an unparalleled unfold of Gothic revival church buildings in Canada. enticing a number of subject matters round the unfold of print tradition, faith, and cost, A trade of flavor information the enterprise of church construction. Drawing upon formal architectural research and cultural conception, Barry Magrill exhibits how development books provide a special method of learning the relationships among style, ideology, privilege, social swap, and economics. flavor was once an idea used to legitimize British - and to an volume Anglican - privilege, whereas different denominations resisted their aesthetic edicts. development books finally misplaced keep watch over of the exclusivity linked to style as advances in printing expertise and transatlantic transport introduced extra books into and readerships multiplied past the pro sessions. via the early 20th century style had develop into diluted, the architect had misplaced his heroic prestige, and architectural differences between denominations have been much less obvious. Drawing jointly the historical past of church development and the wider styles of Canadian social and ancient improvement, A trade of style offers another point of view at the unfold of spiritual monuments in Canada via having a look squarely at trend books as assets of social clash round the factor of taste.

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Architects in Canada believed that newspapers, journals, and especially books offered accurate representations of architectural fashion abroad. After the 1870s, the centre of public taste for the Gothic Revival, as far as the pattern books were concerned, shifted from Europe to New York. US pattern books appeared to greatly influence the Canadian building trade. The vanguard of this shift was charted by the emigration of Frank Wills from Fredericton, New Brunswick, to New York in 1848. There, he inaugurated the New York Ecclesiological Society, modelled on its namesakes in Britain, and founded a quarterly journal called The New York Ecclesiologist that echoed the philosophy and format of the Ecclesiologist in Britain.

It was quite clear to medievalists that those who controlled the architectural language in things like pattern books 39 • the r ise of comm ercial so ciet y had the ability to frame a national architectural image. Whether by conscious design, or more likely by the operations of a capitalist market, architects intent on nationalizing the Gothic Revival in Canada issued book after book in order to infuse their preferred idiom with freshness. All of this was actually problematized by the fact that architectural grammar had a way of crossing national boundaries.

Case Study: Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Quebec (1857) The British-trained architect Frank Wills (1822–1857) employed an ambitious Gothic Revival design to win the commission to rebuild Christ Church (later promoted to cathedral status) in Montreal in 1857 (fig. 6). Fire had destroyed the Anglican church on 10 December the year previous, erasing the earlier Georgian style structure of 1821. The new church galvanized the city, and the commission had the potential to solidify Wills’s career in North America.

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