Concrete Screen Block: The Power of Pattern


Tells the fascinating story of concrete screen block one of the least appreciated, but more readily recognizable, of midcentury building materials. Using both vintage and new images it chronicles the history of how screen block exploded onto the architectural scene in the late 1950s (propelled by architect Edward Durell Stone), reached its peak at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and slowly diminished in popularity into the 1970s.

The clever marketing of screen block as “fashionable” is examined as well as later marketing attempts to find new uses for the material. The book describes concrete screen block’s recent resurgence in popularity and the appropriation of its patterns by a host of artists and designers. The book includes an identification guide of over 250 screen block patterns, some verging on the sculptural.

Authors: Ron and Barbara Marshall

Publisher: Palm Springs Preservation Foundation
© 2018
Soft Cover
120 pages
10.5 x 11.5 x .5 inches

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