The Pace Setter Houses: livable modernism in postwar America

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dc.contributor.advisor Alofsin , Anthony en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 203950785 en_US
dc.creator Penick , Monica Michelle , 1972 - en_US 2008 -08 -28T23 :59 :51Z 2014 -02 -19T22 :34 :30Z 2008 -08 -28T23 :59 :51Z 2014 -02 -19T22 :34 :30Z 2007 -12 en_US 2008 -08 -28T23 :59 :51Z
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /3628
dc.description.abstract In 1946 , House Beautiful's editor -in -chief Elizabeth Gordon launched the Pace Setter House Program , an annual series of exhibition houses that proposed a new modern architecture for postwar America . Set in direct opposition to Arts & Architecture's Case Study Houses , the Pace Setter houses criticized orthodox modernism , and offered a "livable" and distinctly American alternative . Organic design , particularly the work of Frank Lloyd Wright , further informed this new concept of American modernism , adding a rich layer of humanism , naturalism , and democratic idealism . Rejecting the Case Study prototype of universal solutions and prefabrication , the Pace Setter houses advocated a solution in which the craft of building guaranteed regional variation , artistic quality and individual expression . House Beautiful's Pace Setter Program , with its implicit organic roots , underscored one of the most charged architectural debates of the postwar period : the renewed tension between the specific and the general , the regional and the international , the individual and the collective . With the establishment of the Pace Setter House Program , Gordon developed a mature paradigm for the postwar house - - and simultaneously created a dynamic public forum for architectural debate . With the Pace Setters as counterpoint , she lashed out against the architectural current to attack what she viewed as the greatest threat to American design : the unlivable , autocratic , and foreign modernism of the International Style . Gordon's role in the larger architectural debate was critical , not only in her vociferous opposition to what she viewed as a blind continuation of an oppressive modernist lineage , but in her stalwart support of alternative design tropes . The Pace Setter Houses and their architects - - ranging from Cliff May to Alfred Browning Parker to Harwell Harris - - represented one battlefield in the aesthetic and philosophical struggle between the emerging modernisms of the postwar period . Accompanied by Gordon's insistent voice and publications , the Pace Setters became ammunition in an architectural revolution that , for House Beautiful , lasted nearly twenty years . The Pace Setters chronicled the emergence of a vital strand of American modernism , and provided a lens through which to view the ultimate integration and acceptance of modernism within the mainstream of middle -class America . en_US
dc.format.medium electronic en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.rights Copyright © is held by the author . Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries , The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works . en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Organic architecture - -United States - -20th century en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Architecture , Modern - -20th century en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Gordon , Elizabeth , - -editor en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Architecture , Domestic - -United States - -20th century en_US
dc.subject.lcsh House beautiful en_US
dc.title The Pace Setter Houses : livable modernism in postwar America en_US
dc.title.alternative Livable modernism in postwar America
dc.description.department Architecture , School of en_US
dc.identifier.recnum b6970871x en_US
dc.type.genre Thesis en_US
dc.type.material text en_US Doctor of Philosophy en_US Doctoral en_US Architecture en_US The University of Texas at Austin en_US Architecture , School of en_US


The Pace Setter Houses: livable modernism in postwar America. Doctoral dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /3628 .

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