books--Nathaniel Curtis, FAIA, My Life In Modern Architecture
and The Rivergate (1968 - 1995), Architecture And Politics
No Strangers In Pair-A-Dice--present two complementary life stories.
One is the autobiographical reflections of a master American architect;
the other, the biography of one of his buildings.
Cortlandt "Buster" Curtis Jr. (1917-1997) was a New Orleans
architect, who with his partner, Arthur Q. Davis, designed a number
of important, award-winning, private and public buildings in thirty
states and nine countries. The autobiography shows the gentle humor
of Curtis and emphasizes his basic architectural tenet that, regardless
of style, good design is paramount.
book covers the birth and death of the Rivergate, one of his public
buildings. Built in 1968 as a symbol of New Orleans' effort to develop
a strong convention business, the building died in the onslaught
of the 1990s political gambling blitz, which overwhelmed the preservation
forces that tried to save the structure. This biography illustrates
the difficulties of saving modern architecture.
are produced solely in electronic format that allows the narrative
to be enhanced with illustrations and audio and video interviews--a
more complex production than the traditional lineal book.
books, created and produced by those interested in architectural
heritage, provide an educational tool. They are also available on
the world wide web: www.curtis.uno.edu