- The Blackets An Era of Australian Architecture
Angus & Robertson (Publishers) Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1963.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles on a black label and gilt rules, a gilt upper board decoration on a black label with gilt rules and decorative endpapers; 222pp., with a monochrome frontispiece, many maps and monochrome illustrations and 30pp. of monochrome plates. Mild wear; mild softening to the spine extremities; text block edges lightly toned; retailer's bookplate to the front pastedown; previous owner's name in ink to the flyleaf. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Edmund Blacket picked up the thread of Australian architecture six years after Greenway dropped it. During exactly forty years of active professional life Blacket designed and built the greatest buildings of the University of Sydney; a residential college at the University of Melbourne; four cathedrals, the most distant of which was 2000 miles from his office; over fifty churches spread across thousands of square miles; and scores of houses great and small; factories, shops, clubs, stores, hotels, hospitals and banks. Moreover, representative examples of his designs of almost all these types of building still exist. Most of his buildings, especially the ecclesiastical ones are in well-preserved condition, so that we can walk about and through them to appreciate the excellence of his architecture. Edmund Blacket's personality was so even-tempered and charming that there is no cacophony about his name and his quiet gentle, manly character has tended to be pushed aside - and with it his work. History, however comes to his rescue. Documents, letters and plans bring Blacket into focus as a man and an architect. A quiet, well-mannered hard-working man of delicate constitution but tremendous talent, he lived in a stimulating time of progress and change, and in a wealthy nation.
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