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Arts & Architecture—infused by publisher John Entenza—was about much more than the Case Study houses

In Chicago, where Tigerman met him, Entenza enjoyed life in one of Mies van der Rohe's Lake Shore Drive Apartments ('Arts & Architecture' showed the building under construction back in 1952).

A voracious reader, Entenza devoured everything from silly novels to philosophical tomes, Tigerman said. Entenza, who was gay, also attended symphony and opera openings and black-tie fundraisers as "the consort, the walker, the escort to the richest society grand dames in Chicago. He was their perpetual date."

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"He was witty, brilliant, a great conversationalist, and very funny," Tigerman said. "He was a prominent social figure, but not at all flippant. He was very deep, very aesthetically oriented, a man of very good taste."

Entenza, who died of cancer in 1984, discussed architecture with a Chicago reporter some years earlier. "Certainly Mies will be remembered as one of the significant forces in architecture in our time," Entenza said. "Me too."

Arts & Architecture returns—in a massive reprint

Taschen America's facsimile publication of ten year's worth of 'Arts & Architecture' magazine—every issue from 1945 to 1954—provides easy access to one of the most important magazines in the history of modern American architecture—for those who have $700 and ample shelf space.

The set contains 118 issues, totals 6,156 pages, and weighs about 70 pounds. Issues are printed on glossy paper and "look like almost exact replicas," says Creed Poulson, the publisher's public relations manager. They are boxed, but not bound. The editors went to great lengths to find pristine copies for reproduction, he says.

The edition is limited to 5,000 numbered copies. Taschen originally planned to issue a second set, 1955 to 1967. But there are no such plans at this time, Poulson says. Along with the reissued magazines comes a booklet with an introduction by David Travers, a former 'A&A' publisher, plus an index.

Those on a budget can still get a good taste of 'Arts & Architecture' by way of 'Arts & Architecture: the Entenza Years' (Hennessey + Ingalls), a 250-page sampling of A&A's diverse content edited by Barbara Goldstein.

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Photos: Marvin Rand (courtesy Michael L. Folonis Architects, Santa Monica, CA), Margaret McCurry (courtesy Tigerman McCurry Architects); and courtesy David Travers/Arts & Architecture, Taschen America, Eames Office