In my many years as an architecture
critic and journalist, it has always been my opinion that the top
three most beautiful cities in America are Savannah, Georgia,
Charleston, South Carolina, and Galena, Illinois.
The urban and cosmopolitan beauty of
these cities is defined by their unique wholeness, their historic
integrity, their many styles of different architectures working
together to create a sense of harmony and expression of place, their
physical surroundings, their sense of culture, and finally, their
profound essence embodied in civic and community pride.
Whereas Savannah and Charleston are
older, colonial cities with a rich classical architectural
vocabulary, Galena, by comparison is the perfect Victorian city
unique among the other American cities on the East Coast that
flourished during the early 19th-Century.
Founded in 1826, Galena was already a
burgeoning industrial, mining, and trading center when Chicago was
simply called “Fort Dearborn” with a handful of wooden structures
along on the Chicago River.
The city’s other notable
characteristic is that it is the only city in the United States that
is entered through a formal gateway—reminiscent of several northern
Italian cities built during the Renaissance.
Available for delivery after : 03.15.2019 Hard Cover: Perfect
Bound Pages: 324 Publication Date: 2019 ISBN:
0-935119-50-7 Edited and Selected by
Christian Narkiewicz - Laine