Joseph Ramee: International Architect of the Revolutionary Era

  • Publish Date: 1996-07-13
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Paul Venable Turner
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This is the first indepth study of an architect and landscape designer forgotten in scholarship as a result of the precarious historical circumstances in which he pursued his career. Forced to flee France during the Revolution, Rame spent his life as a nomad, working in Belgium, Saxony, Hamburg, Denmark, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and the United States. Staying only briefly in most places, he was often forgotten, and his works subsequently attributed to other architects. In this reconstruction of his career, Paul Turner demonstrates how Rame, in the process of his travels, transmitted innovations from country to country and created a unique synthesis of the design currents of the Neo-Classical Age. This study, the result of a decade of research, brings to light not only Rame's lost works but also his relationships with diverse clients, including aristocrats, merchants, poets, educators, American land developers and others.