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American ArcadiaCalifornia and the Classical Tradition$
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Peter J. Holliday

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190256517

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256517.001.0001

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New Models for Cities

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American Arcadia

Peter J. Holliday

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how the classicizing Beaux-Arts architecture at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago inspired Southland communities to fashion civic identities. California civic leaders embraced its model in the design of their public buildings and administrative or civic centers (e.g., Pasadena, Long Beach); in some developments, planners adapted its principles in an idealistic attempt to harmonize public and private, urban and rural by embracing the principles of the City Beautiful Movement (Beverly Hills, Palos Verdes), and on a smaller scale but no less significantly, the region’s colleges and universities incorporated the Movement’s principles into their campus plans (UCLA, USC).

Keywords:   Beaux-Arts, Beverly Hills, college campus, civic centers, Long Beach, Palos Verdes, Pasadena, UCLA, USC, World’s Columbian Exposition

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