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The Great Chicago Fire by Ross Miller


The Great Chicago Fire by Ross Miller

By telling the story of the great Chicago fire and its aftermath, Ross Miller illuminates the birth of modernism in American and the development of a radically new architecture--tested in fire, the modern city emerged.


A very provocative essay on the subject of what might be termed civic belief, those secular myths by which society understands itself... A very thoughtful work that is particularly valuable in these times. -- Thomas Hine, New York Times Book Review ADVANCE PRAISE A solid mix of scholarship and speculation. Miller has revealed to me a lot I didn't know about the struggle between civic fantasy and architectural ambition that led to the reinvention of Chicago. It's an exemplary modern tale, this careful study of catastrophe and its exploitation. -- Philip Roth Ross Miller has written a vivid and important piece of Americana, a fine contribution to our social history. I read with pleasure and profit. -- Irving Howe [Miller's] analysis of the meaning of the Great Fire, and of the crucial decades of rebuilding, is the kind of social/cultural history that can revive your faith in the future of criticism in America. -- Frank McConnell

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Publication date

30th June 2000


Ross Miller

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University of Illinois Press


296 pages


Conservation of buildings & building materials
History of the Americas



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