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Follies in America: A History of Garden and Park Architecture

Kerry Dean Carso


This book examines historicized garden buildings, known as “follies,” from the nation's founding through the American centennial celebration in 1876. In a period of increasing nationalism, follies — such as temples, summerhouses, towers, and ruins — brought a range of European architectural styles to the United States. By imprinting the land with symbols of European culture, landscape gardeners brought their idea of civilization to the American wilderness. The book examines both buildings and their counterparts in literature and art, demonstrating that follies provide a window into major theme ... More

Keywords: follies, temples, summerhouses, towers, ruins, European architectural style, American wilderness, nineteenth-century America, American culture, gentility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501755934
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501755934.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kerry Dean Carso, author
State University of New York at New Paltz

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