Americans in Paris: Foundations of America's Architectural Gilded Age

INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards -- 2014 SILVER Winner for Architecture

A lavishly produced volume documenting the work and history of American architecture students at the influential École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. The École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, renowned as one of the great art and architecture schools, is the namesake and founding location of the Beaux-Arts architectural movement. Known for demanding classwork and setting the highest standards, the École attracted students from around the world, including the United States, where students returned to design buildings that would influence the history of architecture in America, including the Boston Public Library of 1888–95 (Charles McKim of McKim, Mead & White) and the New York Public Library of 1897–1911 (John Carrère of Carrère and Hastings). This book presents a comprehensive overview of the seminal early work of a century of American architects who studied at the famous school before going on to design and build many of the nation’s most important buildings and monuments.

About The Author

Jean Paul Carlhian, a former student of the École, taught at Harvard University and worked for decades with the legendary architectural firm Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott. Author and editor Margot M. Ellis was educated at Harvard University and Manhattanville College.

  • Publish Date: September 23, 2014
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Architecture - History - Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 12 x 12
  • Pages: 252
  • US Price: $85.00
  • CDN Price: $85.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-4340-4


“Many notable Stateside Beaux Arts buildings, while uniquely American, owe their design in large part to a fabled Paris educational institution where architects received rigorous formal training. Americans in Paris is a captivating volume that offers a look at the curriculum that laid the foundation for some of this country’s most revered architects. Authors Jean Paul Carlhian and Margot M. Ellis offer insight into a movement that effectively secured an architectural identity for a relatively young America. The journeys of the French-trained American architects, and their common decision to return home to work would leave an indelible mark on America’s streetscapes.” –Architectural Digest

"The journey for these students to Paris was a long one, but this volume illustrates the immense payoff that the École had on many of their careers. It would make a tremendous addition to any art, architecture, or architectural history collection."