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ex The Builder: An illustrated weekly magazine, for the architect, engineer, archaeologist, constructor, sanitary-reformer & art-lover. Conducted by H. H. Statham. Distorted Google scan (levels subsequently adjusted), of page in Supplement to the issue of July 1, 1899
(that page scan has since been replaced, alas)
University of Michigan copy, digitized February 26, 2011

The poor scan of this volume offers a remarkable collection of (what can only be described as) hallucinogenic architectural views and plans, e.g., drawings of “The Abbeys of Great Britain,” in a supplement this. (update, 11 June 2019 : the distortions seem to have been done away with, but can be seen The Art of Google Books, in a post ca 2013.

The particular mix of topics encompassed in the journal’s subtitle prompts thinking about the relationship of aesthetics to engineering and even (geological) science.¬†Thomas Mellard Reade (1832-1909,¬†architect, civil engineer, field and experimental geologist¬†*) appears in earlier numbers.
 

28 April 2013

tags: bare ruined choirs; drawing; ruination; T. M. Reade