Icons of American Architecture: From the Alamo to the World by Donald Langmead

By Donald Langmead

What turns a development into an icon? what's it approximately a few constructions that makes their heritage and legend much more very important than their unique meant use, making them part of American, and global, pop culture? Twenty 4 structures and buildings, together with the Brooklyn Bridge, the White condominium, the inn del Coronado, and the Washington Monument are offered right here, besides their roles in fiction, movie, track, and the mind's eye of individuals around the world. nearly twenty 5 photographs are incorporated within the set, in addition to sidebars that includes extra structures.

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R. ” The Battle of Concepción took place at the end of October. Early in December Texan volunteers under Stephen Austin besieged the San Antonio headquarters of General Martín Perfecto de Cós, the Mexican commander in the north. After five days of skirmishing the Centralists surrendered; the Texans occupied the Alamo and strengthened the fortifications already carried out by Cós. Santa Anna marched on Texas. Two forts, each “ready to alert the Texas settlements of an enemy advance,” blocked his way: the Alamo and the Nuestra Señora de Loreto Presidio at Goliad.

Until the end of the century, the Lower Prison housed an average of one hundred inmates. Then, partly to house prisoners taken in the Spanish– American War of 1898, many serving short sentences, the number increased by about five times in the first years of the twentieth century. In 1904 an 29 30 Icons of American Architecture “Upper Prison”—a stockade enclosing three timber-framed two-story cell blocks—was built on the parade ground. Over the next few years prisoner work crews added a mess hall, kitchen, workshops, library, and a wash-house.

Clarence Wharton described the negotiations between the ad interim government of Texas and the captive president. ” The second provided that he would be immediately returned to Mexico, “and that he would prepare things in the Mexican cabinet so that a commission sent by the Texas government should be received, and that by means of negotiations all differences between Texas and Mexico should be settled and independence of Texas acknowledged. ” Wharton added, “These bargains struck, El Presidente embarked on a schooner .

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