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The Company Town : Architecture and Society in the Early Industrial Age - John Garner

The Company Town

Architecture and Society in the Early Industrial Age

By: John Garner (Editor)

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Published: 1st October 1992
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Company towns - those associated with textiles, mining, or tool manufacturing, for example - are found worldwide and have been in existence for many centuries. But with the coming of the Industrial Revolution, what had been isolated instances of town building became a veritable phenomenon. With explosive growth, virtually hundreds of them appeared in the Western World until about the time of the Great Depression, with development most intensive and homogenous in Europe and the Americas.
Although the technological experience of the Industrial Revolution has been widely chronicled and the stories of misplaced banking and exploited labor well documented, until now the actual settings of company towns and the overall achievement in industrial architecture and town planning have been largely ignored. The Company Town describes the concurrent development and building of selected towns in Europe and the Americas, assessing technical advances in factory building, worker housing, and the public buildings that owner-industrialists, in their capacity as philanthropists, bestowed upon such towns.
In many instances, the company town came to symbolize the wrecking of the environment, especially in places associated with extractive industries such as mining and lumber milling. Some resident industrialists, however, took a genuine interest in the welfare of their work forces, and in a number of instances hired architects to provide a model environment. Overtaken by time, these towns were either abandoned or caught up in suburban growth.
The most thorough-going and only international assessment of the company town, this collection of essays by specialists and authorities of each region offers a balanced account of architectural and social history and provides a better understanding of the architectural and urban experiences of the early industrial age.

"Students concerned with the relation of industry to planning will have a field day reading it."--Choice "This book is distinguished by a uniformly clear and well-written text along with good photographs and plans."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History "This fine book not only does justice to the topic of company towns but also suggests how much more we need to learn and synthesize....The book includes an invaluable company town bibliography for each of the regions covered in its chapters..."--Industrial Archeology "Students concerned with the relation of industry to planning will have a field day reading it."--Choice "This book is distinguished by a uniformly clear and well-written text along with good photographs and plans."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History "This fine book not only does justice to the topic of company towns but also suggests how much more we need to learn and synthesize....The book includes an invaluable company town bibliography for each of the regions covered in its chapters..."--Industrial Archeology

Introductionp. 3
Company Towns in Europe and Scandinavia
Merthyr Tydfil and Early Ironworks in South Walesp. 17
Noisiel-sur-Marne and the Ville Industrielle in Francep. 43
The Company Town in Scandinaviap. 75
Company Towns in North and South America
Early New England Mill Towns of the Piscataqua River Valleyp. 111
Earle S. Draper and the Company Town in the American Southp. 139
Company Towns in the Western United Statesp. 173
Company Towns of Chile and Argentinap. 207
Bibliographyp. 233
Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9780195070279
ISBN-10: 0195070275
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st October 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 15.8  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.64