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Faculty Book: Kevin D. Murphy

Kevin D. Murphy, with photographs by Paul Rocheleau

The Houses of Greenwich Village
(Abrams, 2008)

With its patchwork of secluded courtyards, gardens and narrow tree-lined streets, New York’s Greenwich Village is one of the very few neighborhoods that still retains the charm and timelessness of old New York. In this overview of houses from the early nineteenth century to contemporary Modernist examples, Kevin Murphy explores the architecture and interiors of eighteen houses and two gardens located in what has become one of New York City’s most exclusive and desirable residential communities. Beginning with the Robert Blum House (1827), he traces the history behind each home and delves into the biographies of its original owners and architects, revealing the evolution of structure, design, and style in the neighborhood throughout the nineteenth century, as well as its vibrant and at times eccentric character into the twentieth century. The photographs by Paul Rocheleau, specially commissioned for this book, give readers unprecedented access to some of the most beautiful homes in New York. Kevin Murphy is a professor of art history at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: MAY 1, 2008

Category: Art History, Faculty Books