Publication | The Golden City, 60th anniversary edition

May 15, 2020

The ICAA is excited to announce the upcoming release of an all-new edition of Henry Hope Reed’s revolutionary book, The Golden City, which celebrates classicism in American cities, particularly New York, and offers a critical assessment of modernist architecture.

First published in 1959, The Golden City is a seminal, critical document that developed one of the earliest and most compelling arguments against the then-dominant hegemony of modernism by reawakening interest in the value of our country’s built patrimony, particularly with respect to its notable classical architecture, classical sculpture, and ornament. The book’s argument remains valuable today.

This 60th Anniversary Edition, published by The Monacelli Press, will include essays by Catesby Leigh and Alvin Holm that situate the book in the current world of classicism and preservation.

The book will be available in June 2020, and a special discount will be available to ICAA Members. Stay tuned for more!

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art gratefully acknowledges the J&AR Foundation for its leading sponsorship of The Golden City 60th Anniversary Edition. Additional thanks to the Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and Seth Joseph Weine for their generosity.