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Elizabeth Brooke Murray is a former contributing writer to The New York Times and features editor of Town &aRead More
Through this presentation of fifteen residences, John B. Murray demonstrates the successful juxtaposition of classical elements in a contemporary context.
John B. Murray is a recognized leader in adapting classical design principles for contemporary life, creating elegant and gracious urban and country residences. His firm, John B. Murray Architect, is committed to a timeless aesthetic, a simplicity of form, and superb craftsmanship enriched by an inventive interpretation of classical details.
In Contemporary Classical Architecture, Murray reveals an extraordinary mastery of the classical vocabulary and a sensitivity to proportion and scale. Within that framework, he inserts the comforts of contemporary living in a way that is seamless and completely logical. The projects range from Fifth Avenue apartments with breathtaking terraces and Central Park views to a rambling shingle style house in the Hamptons and a pristine neoclassical retreat in Dutchess County to the restoration of the President’s House at a New England university.
John B. Murray Architect has received multiple Stanford White and Palladio awards, and the work is published regularly in Luxe, Veranda, Elle Décor, and other shelter magazines.
"John B. Murray's latest monograph tells the tale of timeless homes, from architectural drafts to finishing touches. . . . Grab a glass of champagne—you've arrived."
—Luxe Interiors + Design
"The classical vocabulary is about maintaining a keen sensitivity to proportion and scale. Architect John B. Murray remains true to that dynamic with every project he undertakes. Here readers get a visual (and textual) tour of fifteen of his greatest architectural achievements, to date."
"A refreshing reminder that classical architecture is alive and well. Their mastery of the vocabulary and sensitivity to proportion is evident in 15 residential projects that range from new country homes and a preserved barn to sensitive additions and prewar apartments in Manhattan."
—Old House Journal
"Whether Murray is redesigning an awkward apartment or creating a house from the groundup, one has the sense that this is the way it should always have been. His work has the subtle quality of a master who knows how to design spaces that will stand the test of time."
Richard Pare; text by Jean-Louis Cohen
Robert A.M. Stern; edited by Shannon Hohlbein and Peter Morris Dixon
David Benjamin; foreword by Paula Antonelli; essays by Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Eyal Weizman, Kevin Slavin, Sharon Johnston, and Mark Lee
Thomas Mellins and Kate Ascher; essays by R. Shorto, H. Ballon, A. Dolkart, D. King, C. Willis, R. Martin, H. Sample, R. Plunz, L. Sagalyn, A. B
Helen Thompson; photographs by Casey Dunn