The Bank Buildings of Alexander Neumann: Prague, Vienna and Graz, 1906-20

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Title The Bank Buildings of Alexander Neumann: Prague, Vienna and Graz, 1906-20
Author McAlpine, Fiona; Leach, Andrew
Journal Name Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher University of Queensland Press
Abstract This essay considers the life and work of Alexander Neumann (b. Heinzendorf 1861, d. Wellington 1947). Trained in Vienna with a practice ranging across the Austro-Hungarian Empire and its secessionist republics, Neumann brought a strong historicist education and early practice in the office of the theatre specialists Fellner und Helmer to the task of designing commercial premises for banks and insurance companies, while maintaining a vibrant practice as a domestic architect and housing developer. This essay surveys Neumann’s achievements before offering close readings of three buildings for the Vienna-based Bank-Verein, realised in cooperation with Josef Zasche, in one case, and, in another, with Ernst Gotthilf. The essay positions Neumann’s practice as an encounter with modern architecture realised through a negotiation of the various polemical forces—conservative as well as progressive—in play in the decades spanning Vienna’s fin de siècle. Neumann’s biography demonstrates a profound experience of modernity, but an experience that is not predicated in his architectural practice.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=481862565132196;res=IELHSS
Volume 20
Issue Number 1
Page from 6
Page to 29
ISSN 1033-1867
Date Accessioned 2011-08-29; 2012-02-15T04:39:07Z
Research Centre Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Architectural History and Theory
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/42646
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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