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John Sledge, author of The Pillared City: Greek Revival Mobile


Friday - November 20, 2009


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About This Show

This week Dr. Edgar has a conversation with John Sledge about his book, The Pillared City: Greek Revival Mobile .

In The Pillared City, John Sledge presents a richly illustrated overview of the Greek revival period in Mobile, Alabama (1825-70), when high style and vernacular columned buildings were erected on the city's streets. Using a wealth of resources such as deeds and diaries, Sledge reveals the architectural accomplishments that helped Mobile emerge from its position as a rustic backwater to become a prominent international seaport.

John Sledge is an architectural historian with the Mobile Historic Development Commission, and the book page editor for the Mobile Register. The Pillared City is the third book for which he has teamed up with the talented photographer Sheila Hagler. The Pillared City captures the grace and allure of Mobile's antebellum style.


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