Paula Lupkin


On her book Manhood Factories: YMCA Architecture and the Making of Modern Urban Culture

Cover Interview of November 21, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The Y as a building ‘type’ that helped define Main Street America.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The history of architecture is more broadly significant if we study the warp and the weft, the big monuments and small buildings together, as the urban fabric of the city.”

On the second:

“Pen pals exchanged views of YMCA buildings in their cities, traveling salesmen and young men sent home reassuring cards from the YMCA to their wives and mothers, who collected them into albums or displayed them on mantelpieces.”