Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

The Modernist Architecture of Samuel G. and William B. Wiener: Shreveport, Louisiana, 1920-1960

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

The Modernist Architecture of Samuel G. and William B. Wiener: Shreveport, Louisiana, 1920-1960

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The Modernist Architecture of Samuel G. and William B. Wiener: Shreveport, Louisiana, 1920-1960. By Karen Kingsley and Guy W. Carwile. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2016. Pp. x, 156. $45.00, ISBN 978-0-8071-6162-3.)

Authors Karen Kingsley and Guy W. Carwile provide readers with an overview of modern architecture in Shreveport, Louisiana, from 1920 to 1960. Specifically, Kingsley and Carwile reveal through extensive research "how and why modern architecture appeared so early" in a region deeply rooted in architectural tradition (p. 1). The authors summarize the historical development of Samuel G. and William B. Wiener's modernism in Shreveport's residences and communities and among their contemporaries at large. Chapters include rich project descriptions and both color and black-and-white photographs, which enable readers to envision each project and thereby provide a glimpse into the minds and design processes of the Wiener brothers.

The book succinctly conveys the two brothers' journey through education and into professional practice of architecture, with an underlying emphasis on "going to the source--to see the buildings" in context (p. …

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