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Architecture of the Cape Cod Summer: The Work of Polhemus Savery DaSilva: New Classicists Hardcover – July 11, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Images Publishing (July 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186470280X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1864702804
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 11.1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,496,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The work of Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders reflects the special qualities of Cape Cod, Martha?s Vineyard and Nantucket. This is a region of stunning landscapes and water views, crisp ocean-reflected light, classic villages, and abundant opportunities for playful living. Architecture of the Cape Cod Summer presents more than ten years of evocative design and well crafted construction that is rooted in this fabled place. In an architectural world increasingly polarized between strict revivalist classicism and 'avant-garde' abstraction, the work of Polhemus Savery DaSilva displays a compelling third way. The book features twenty-five projects that range from modest to elaborate. Each is an individual creation tailored to its specific location and client. Several additional projects are depicted in a chronology of the firm?s major work. The volume contains an eloquent introduction and text by Michael J. Crosbie, as well as forewords by renowned architects Cesar Pelli and Robert Venturi. An essay by John R. DaSilva, Design Partner, describes the firm?s approach and revisits the genesis of the Shingle Style that is so influential in residential architecture today. Drawings by the firm and more than four hundred color photographs by leading architectural photographers illustrate this sixth volume of the New Classicists series.

More About the Author

Michael J. Crosbie has made significant contributions in the fields of architectural journalism, research, teaching, and practice. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Catholic University and is a registered architect in the State of Connecticut. He has served as an editor at Architecture: The AIA Journal, Progressive Architecture, ArchitectureWeek.com, and is editor-in-chief of Faith & Form, a quarterly journal on religious art and architecture. He is also a frequent contributor to Architectural Record and writes about architecture and design for the Hartford Courant. He is the author of more than 20 books on architecture, including five books for children. Dr. Crosbie is Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Hartford, and has served as an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University and Catholic University. He has also lectured and served as a visiting critic at architecture schools in North America and abroad, including the University of California (Berkeley), the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, and the Moscow Architectural Institute. Dr. Crosbie has practiced with Centerbrook Architects and Steven Winter Associates.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By eva on April 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a book anyone would want on their coffee table. The architecture of these houses is outstanding inside and out. I really like looking at these gorgeous New England homes!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Karen Collings on October 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The photographs in this book
are outstanding.
The architectural design of these
Cape Cod Homes is breathtaking.
This book is well worth the price
and a great addition to any home
library.
Karen H. Collings
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. N. J. Harrison on March 3, 2011
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Lovely book. Can't find any books about these styles if house in the Uk. Planning to build a Cape Cod style house so this book is great inspiration. Well worth buying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CJ Pennington on November 13, 2012
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This book took my breathe away! The pictures are so clear, I felt I was on a tour of homes. A couple of the homes are purely genius. The gorgeous interior designs seem an afterthought, since the homes speak volumes on their own through their brilliance of detail. I have been in the buiding industry 25 years and have seen the same ideas over and over--these are refreshingly original. This is more that architecture, it is functional art. If you are in the industry, collecting ideas for you future dream home, or simply love to look at beautiful homes--this is the book for you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William D. Prystauk on July 11, 2011
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Visually mesmerizing, the exceptional work of Polhemus Savery DaSilva is once again put on display (see: "Shingled Houses in the Summer Sun" from Images Publishing).

The work is truly magnificent and inspiring. Each home is poetic and becomes a part of the landscape as if Mother Nature had placed the homes there herself. PSD has a fantastic sense of surroundings as well as interiors, creating homes for those who want to live in a place that radiates peace of mind.

Every photograph tells a story of art, dedication, form and function - and love.

Truly an inspiration to other architects, home builders and home owners, this is a book everyone should have in their home.

This a group of exceptional artisans whose work should be enjoyed the world over.
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