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Designing Pan-America

U.S. Architectural Visions for the Western Hemisphere

By Robert Alexander González

Publication Year: 2011

Coinciding with the centennial of the Pan American Union (now the Organization of American States), González explores how nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. architects and their clients built a visionary Pan-America to promote commerce and cultural exchange between United States and Latin America.

Published by: University of Texas Press

Series: Roger Fullington Series in Architecture


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Title Page, Copyright

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p. v

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pp. vii-viii

T HE CONCEPT OF PAN-AMERICANISM FIRST came into play in the early nineteenth century when Simón Bolívar advanced it to promote political and economic alliances between Latin American...

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Preface: Entre Autopista y Puente

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pp. ix-xii

A BRASS PLAQUE MOUNTED ON THE U.S.- Mexico Gateway to the Americas International Bridge in Laredo, Texas, animated our childhood jaunts to Mexico, or, as we called...

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pp. xiii-xiv

MY AUNT ESTHER LIKES TO REMIND ME that “uno nunca sabe para quién trabaja” (one never knows for whom one is working), a saying that does not resonate any louder than when...

Pan-American Architecture Chronology

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pp. xvii-xix

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Introduction: Entering Pan-America

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pp. 1-17

AN ENGRAVING TITLED GENERAL GRANT on a Banana Plantation, in William Eleroy Curtis’ Capitals of Spanish America (1888), brings together the many images that consumed one of...

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1. The Birth of Pan-American Architecture: Hemispheric Fairs, 1884-1901

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pp. 18-65

VISITORS ENTERING NEW ORLEANS’ newly opened World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition from the Mississippi River in 1884 via steamboat found...

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2. A Rubber-Fig Tree for the Patio: America's Peace Temple, 1907-1913

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pp. 66-101

AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE Pan-American Union’s new headquarters on April 26, 1910, President William Howard Taft, surrounded by dignitaries from all of...

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3. In Search of Modern Pan-America: The Columbus Memorial Lighthouse

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pp. 102-147

THE INAUGURATION PLANS FOR THE Columbus Memorial Lighthouse in Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic, in 1992 included a series of spectacular...

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4. Gateway to the Americas: Dreaming Interama, HemisFair Living

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pp. 148-198

WHEN A GROUP OF MIAMI ARchitects envisioned Interama’s underwater gateway to the Americas, they imagined futuristic towers...

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Epilogue: Enter Here: The Great Pan-American Way

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pp. 199-203

AS SUSIE AND MIKE VARGAS TAKE AN evening stroll across the U.S.-Mexican border in Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil (1958), the carefully staged continuity of urban textures highlighting the...


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pp. 205-227


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pp. 229-236


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pp. 237-258

E-ISBN-13: 9780292784949
E-ISBN-10: 0292784945
Print-ISBN-13: 9780292723252
Print-ISBN-10: 0292723253

Page Count: 280
Illustrations: 204 color and b&w illus., 1 map
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: Roger Fullington Series in Architecture
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OCLC Number: 704290050
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  • Latin America -- Relations -- United States.
  • Architecture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
  • Architecture -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
  • Pan-Americanism and architecture -- United States.
  • United States -- Relations -- Latin America.
  • Architecture -- Political aspects -- United States.
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