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Architecture and the marvelous: The incorporation of the marvelous in American architecture from Monticello to Disneyland


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Disneyland is an architectural marvel that can be understood and appreciated as part of the rich and broad history of the marvelous in architecture: A history of the marvelous in architecture that can be followed back in history to the first mention of The Seven Wonders of the ancient world. As an American architectural marvel Disneyland is also unique and it stands apart from architectural marvels before it, particularly outside of modern America, while making a unique contribution to the marvels that have followed it, both in America and abroad. To understand Disneyland's unique and ultimately pivotal position as an architectural marvel, first, a broad, varied and significant history of the positive pursuit of the marvelous in architecture must be established, Next, the emergence and development of a unique strain of the marvelous in America, including the marvelous in American architecture, should be developed that is indebted to, but distinct from its European precedents. Finally, the tentative emergence of the American marvelous in architecture at examples such as Monticello and the Columbian Exposition of 1893 will be shown to emerge in its fullest form for the first time at Disneyland in 1955. At Disneyland, the marvelous is fully secularized and incorporated by business in the making of a place where the pleasure of the consumption of the marvelous is paramount to the design and purpose of its architecture.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Architecture;
American studies
Classification
0729: Architecture
0323: American studies
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts, Social sciences, Architecture, California, Disneyland, Marvelous, Monticello, Popular culture, Virginia
Title
Architecture and the marvelous: The incorporation of the marvelous in American architecture from Monticello to Disneyland
Author
Miterko, Richard Scott
Number of pages
241
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0175
Source
DAI-A 67/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542597206, 0542597209
Advisor
Leatherbarrow, David
University/institution
University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3211115
ProQuest document ID
305278983
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305278983
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