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American Architecture: A History (Icon Editions) [Paperback]

by Leland Roth
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February 6, 2003 0813336627 978-0813336626 2
American Architecture introduces the reader to the major developments that shaped the American-built environment from before the Europeans to the present, from the everyday vernacular to the high style of aspiration. Leland M. Roth describes the impact of changes in conceptual imagery, style, building technology, landscape design, and town-planning theory throughout the nation’s history. Based on his acclaimed and influential Concise History of American Architecture (1980), this new book is double the length with twice as many illustrations, featuring expanded coverage of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, regional styles, and contemporary buildings and architects. The author charts the social, cultural, and political forces that shaped the growth and development of American towns, cities, and suburbs. In ten chapters with 612 illustrations, he provides a full, reliable, and up-to-date description, analysis, and interpretation of American buildings and their architects. The illustrations are integrated into the text and consist of photographs, drawings, plans, and maps. Well-written and comprehensive, American Architecture is invaluable as guide, study, and reference.

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"A full, reliable, and up-to-date description, analysis, and interpretation of American buildings and their architects." -- Word Trade

"I need this book....The illustrations are excellent, the author's writing style clear and easily comprehended." -- Jean France, University of Rochester

"The most detailed and current survey in print." -- Richard Longstreth, George Washington University

"This is the best one-volume survey of American architecture on the market today." -- Choice

"Very well presented and well written." -- Jeffery Howe, Boston College

About the Author

Leland M. Roth is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon at Eugene. He is the author of American Architecture: A History; A Concise History of American Architecture; McKim, Mead & White, Architects; and other works. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Product Details

  • Series: Icon Editions
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; 2 edition (February 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813336627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813336626
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book about American architecture October 21, 2007
I'm taking Leland Roth's American Architecture class. I was worried about having to use his book for the class, but it turns out to be a very well written, interesting look at the history of American Architecture. Chapters are laid out in a well thought out manner and the pictures and drawings make for a more engaging read. I highly recommend this book for anyone who would like to know more about the built environment around them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE book on American Architecture May 25, 2012
To date, this is the only text book I have ever read from cover to cover, and enjoyed every word! Leland Roth's book is exceedingly thorough, and if you ever have a chance to attend a lecture from him you will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book September 22, 2012
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I got this for a class I was taking. It is very handy. I like the fact that it is full of information as well as lots of photos that go along with the text. If you are looking for a book on the history of American Architecture, this is it. It does cover the Native Americans, ad covering each of the cultures that came to this land is well organized. It is a very informative book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing February 15, 2014
By Daniel
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Roth demonstrates his knowledge of American architecture time and time again with relevant in depth content for architecture in the United states as well as the origins of the styles used. In a nutshell, indispensable!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative February 13, 2014
By rose
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Has a lot of great information!! I had to write a paper every week for my class and this book was a huge help!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great range October 16, 2013
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Writing is top notch, simple, engaging and easy to follow.
Photos and plans to further explain specific building features.

Absolutely endorse it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars satisfied October 1, 2013
By Znihil
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Judging from a few signs of turning pages, the first 63 pages has been read...Otherwise I'd think the book is completely new. Great.
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