A FIELD GUIDE TO AMERICAN HOUSES THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO IDENTIFYING AND UNDERSTANDING AMERICAS DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE

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A Field Guide To American Houses

Author : Virginia Savage McAlester
ISBN : 9780385353878
Genre : Architecture
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For the house lover and the curious tourist, for the house buyer and the weekend stroller, for neighborhood preservation groups and for all who want to know more about their community -- here, at last, is a book that makes it both easy and pleasurable to identify the various styles and periods of American domestic architecture. Concentrating not on rare landmarks but on typical dwellings in ordinary neighborhoods all across the United States -- houses built over the past three hundred years and lived in by Americans of every social and economic background -- the book provides you with the facts (and frame of reference) that will enable you to look in a fresh way at the houses you constantly see around you. It tells you -- and shows you in more than 1,200 illustrations -- what you need to know in order to be able to recognize the several distinct architectural styles and to understand their historical significance. What does that cornice mean? Or that porch? That door? When was this house built? What does its style say about the people who built it? You'll find the answers to such questions here. This is how the book works: Each of thirty-nine chapters focuses on a particular style (and its variants). Each begins with a large schematic drawing that highlights the style's most important identifying features. Additional drawings and photographs depict the most common shapes and the principal subtypes, allowing you to see at a glance a wide range of examples of each style. Still more drawings offer close-up views of typical small details -- windows, doors, cornices, etc. -- that might be difficult to see in full-house pictures. The accompanying text is rich in information about each style -- describing in detail its identifying features, telling you where (and in what quantity) you're likely to find examples of it, discussing all of its notable variants, and revealing its origin and tracing its history. In the book's introductory chapters you'll find invaluable general discussions of house-building materials and techniques ("Structure"), house shapes ("Form"), and the many traditions of architectural fashion ("Style") that have influenced American house design through the past three centuries. A pictorial key and glossary help lead you from simple, easily recognized architectural features -- the presence of a tile roof, for example -- to the styles in which that feature is likely to be found. This eBook edition has been optimized for screen.
Category: Architecture

A Field Guide To American Houses

Author : Virginia Savage McAlester
ISBN : 9780375710827
Genre : Architecture
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Provides in-depth descriptions and illustrations of architectural styles and features of everyday domestic dwellings across the United States.
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A Field Guide To American Houses

Author : Virginia McAlester
ISBN : 140004359X
Genre : Architecture
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Provides in-depth descriptions and illustrations of architectural styles and features of everyday domestic dwellings across the United States.
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American Houses

Author : Gerald L. Foster
ISBN : 0547561520
Genre : Architecture
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American Houses is a historical guide to the architecture of the American home. While other architectural field guides show only façades, this book includes floor plans, showing how the form of a house arises from its function. Photographs and drawings of exteriors illustrate the significant field marks of each style and help pinpoint the key elements that can identify a house even when it has been remodeled beyond recognition. Beautifully illustrated, clearly written, and impeccably researched, American Houses is an essential reference for anyone interested in the history of American residential architecture.
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American House Styles

Author : John Milnes Baker
ISBN : 0393323250
Genre : Architecture
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How and where did different architectural styles develop? America has an abundance of fascinating and varied house styles, as fascinating and diverse as its people.
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Identifying American Architecture

Author : John J. G. Blumenson
ISBN : 0761991433
Genre : Architecture
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Have you ever been intrigued by a beautiful building and wondered when it was built? Identifying American Architecture provides the answer to such questions in a concise handbook perfect for preservationists, architects, students, and tourists alike. With 214 photographs, it allows readers to associate real buildings with architectural styles, elements, and orders. Identifying American Architecture was designed to be used--carried about and kept handy for frequent reference. Every photograph is keyed to an explanatory legend pointing out characteristic features of each building's style. Trade bookstores order from W.W. Norton, NY
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The Abrams Guide To American House Styles

Author : William Morgan
ISBN : 0810949431
Genre : Architecture
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A tour of the approximately twenty styles of domestic architecture common to the United States identifies and defines each style--including Colonial, Craftsman, Modern, and Deco--providing historical summaries, sample photographs, and regional information. 20,000 first printing.
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American Homes

Author : Lester Walker
ISBN : 1579129927
Genre : Architecture
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The definitive illustrated history of American house styles -- from the Dutch colonial, to the New England Salt Box, to the 1950s prefab -- the unrivaled reference and useful guide to 103 building styles pays homage to our country's housing heritage.
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Get Your House Right

Author : Marianne Cusato
ISBN : 1402736282
Genre : Architecture
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"In this comprehensive and authoratative guide, Marianne Cusato explains why so many of today's traditional-style buildings miss the mark; describes the essential elements of a house, how they work together, and how to use them appropriately; and shows how to avoid common mistakes at every stage of the design and construction process"--Cover, p. 2.
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Houses Without Names

Author : Thomas C. Hubka
ISBN : 1572339470
Genre : Architecture
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"Hubka argues that even "vernacular architecture" scholars tend to embrace a model for understanding home forms that relies on iconic architects and theories about how ideas proceed downward from aesthetic ideals to home construction, even though this model fails to adequately characterize the vast majority actual homes that people live in, particularly in recent times after the widespread growth of suburban America. This controversial book proposes new ways to categorize houses"--
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