12/10/2014 11:06 AM
BATON ROUGE –This fall, two LSU Press books were honored for their outstanding contributions to the fields of architecture and Pennsylvania history.
J. Michael Desmond’s “The Architecture of LSU,” published by LSU Press in May 2013, received top honors in the monograph category of the Annual Mary Ellen LoPresti Art Publication Awards. The awards, which are sponsored by the Southeast Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America, honor excellence in art publications each copyright year.
In the book, Desmond traces LSU’s development from its pre–Civil War origins in Pineville, La., through its two downtown Baton Rouge locations, to its move to the Williams “Gartness” Plantation south of the city in the 1920s.
The layout of the present campus began with the vision of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. “The Architecture of LSU” includes a wealth of photographs, plans, drawings and maps that underscore the contributions of key historical figures and the genealogies of the campus’s architecture and planning. By meticulously tracing the origins and evolution of LSU’s architectural core and exploring the fundamentals of American college campus design, Desmond shows the far-reaching rewards of public environments that integrate natural and constructed elements to meet both practical and aesthetic goals.
The Pennsylvania Historical Association offers the biannual Philip S. Klein Book Prize to the best-published book of the prior two years dealing with Pennsylvania history. The 2014 prizewinner was “The Contest for the Delaware Valley,” by Mark L. Thompson, published by LSU Press in June 2013.
The first major examination of the diverse European efforts to colonize the Delaware Valley, the book offers a bold new interpretation of ethnic and national identities in colonial America. For most of the 17th century, the lower Delaware Valley remained a marginal area under no state’s complete control. English, Dutch and Swedish colonizers all staked claims to the territory, but none could exclude their rivals for long—in part because Native Americans in the region encouraged the competition. Officials and settlers alike struggled to determine which European nation would possess the territory and what liberties settlers would keep after their own colonies had surrendered.
For more information about these books, visit http://lsupress.org.
Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014