American Arcadia: California and the Classical Tradition
by Peter J. Holliday
a professor at CSU Long Beach, weaves the creation story of “Calitopia” through
examples of classism come to life. This studied exploration addresses all
building types embodying classical ideals—from palatial mansions of Beverly
Hills and Lakewood’s 17,500 homes for the masses, to the colonnaded Hotel del Coronado
(James W. Reid, 1888) and Team Disney Building (Michael Graves, FAIA, 1991),
with its Seven Dwarves caryatids. Unusual for a book that focuses much of its
attention on the Los Angeles area, most of the examples shown are extant today.
University Press, 2016, 445 pages, hardcover, $45.