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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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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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Images Publishing (July 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186470280X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1864702804
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1 x 11 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: #748,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sharon M DaSilva on November 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Bruce Snider, Senior Editor of Custom Home magazine, wrote these wonderful words about Architecture of the Cape Cod Summer: The Work of Polhemus Savery DaSilva for a review in the 2009/2010 issue of Provincetown Arts magazine:

...while PSD's work moves freely through three centuries of local vernacular architecture, it seldom confines itself to a single historical moment. In the facade of the Cape Cod Museum of Art, stark white Greek columns frame Gothic arches of red cedar; the shore-front residence Sand Dollars segues from Georgian manor house to Shingle Style cottage to antique Cape, its sprawling composition unified by a skin of weathered cedar shingles and trim. But PSD's approach is more than mere parts-bin eclecticism. A clear mastery of historical styles means that each vernacular quoted in these buildings is rendered in a perfect accent. More importantly, the firm's appropriation of historical source material serves a vibrant and forward-looking vision.

PSD is a design/build firm, which means that it acts as general contractor on all of its projects. This business model is not uncommon among builders, but architect-led construction companies are rare, and those with a pedigree as impressive as this one are rarer still. DaSilva, the firm's design principal, worked under the noted architects Robert Venturi and Cesar Pelli, as did his wife and frequent collaborator, architect Sharon McGinnis DaSilva, who is PSD's senior designer. Venturi's influence, in particular, shows in his protégés' output. Like Venturi's houses of the 1980s, PSD's work employs Classical and vernacular elements, often in highly abstracted form. But the DaSilvas' appreciation for vernacular buildings seems both more deeply felt and more natural.
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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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