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Inventing the Skyline

The Architecture of Cass Gilbert

Edited by Margaret Heilbrun

About the Book

Cass Gilbert's pioneering buildings injected vitality into skyscraper design, and his "Gothic skyscraper," epitomized by the Woolworth Building, profoundly influenced architects during the first decades of the twentieth century. Now the full breadth of Gilbert's achievements is visible in one lavishly illustrated volume.

About the Author

Margaret Heilbrun is the library director of the New York Historical Society.


"A visually rich book that reproduces numerous photographs, drawings, and plans from the Gilbert archive and presents them together with five scholarly essays by Gilbert authorities....Each of these essays draws richly on material from the archive, is well-documented, and provides real insights into Gilbert's work....for the sobriety of its essays, and even more for its lavish reproductions of plans and drawings, Inventing the Skyline is a necessary addition to any shelf of books on American architecture." -- Francis Morrone, The New Criterion