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“Immensely fascinating . . . it’s hard to put the book down.”—Washington Post

“Goode’s scholarly credentials are impeccable; but what makes you want to wallow in this book is his exuberant enthusiasm, his keen appreciation of not just architecture and history but human nature as well. He knows a good story when he hears one, and he shares it with his readers.”—Washington Times

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James Goode is the winner of Washingtonian magazine's prestigious “Washingtonian of the Year” award. He is the author of Capital Losses: A Cultural History of Washington's Destroyed Buildings, Second Edition and lives in Washington, DC.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 597 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Books; First Edition edition (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874744768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874744767
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.8 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dan Melman on September 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As a realtor, this book is immensely useful in garnering the history of some of these cherished buildings. As an adopted Washingtonian and architecture buff, the details included in the book are hard to find elsewhere. The writing style is inviting and accessible. Long out of print, it is great to have ready access to this valuable tomb again. Fifth star withheld solely for the fact that I hoped an expanded update section for up and coming buildings or new neighborhoods would have been included in the reissue.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cindy L. Nielsen on December 3, 2007
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Best Addresses surprised me. It's much larger than I expected, and extremely handsome in its own right. James Goode is so passionate about these apartment houses, and writes eloquently about not only the buildings, but the people who lived there. I found myself in tears when I came across an especially beautiful building, with exquisite architectural details, only to read the caption 'STATUS: opened as rental 1903; razed 1958.'

The 1950s were cruel times for ornate architecture, but thankfully buildings such as 2101 Connecticut Avenue, The Wyoming, and The Dresden still live on. My favourite chapter is about 2101 Connecticut Avenue, because there is so much information about its conception, right through to the present day, and there are a lot of clear photographs as well as a floor plan.

This book has been well researched, with many interior photographs, as well as the exquisite exteriors, even of buildings which no longer stand, or which have been hideously converted into condos. Even the gracious public dining rooms of the grander buildings have now disappeared, also converted into apartments. Only a few remain in their original state (such as the Westchester), harking back to a more gracious era, when people dressed for dinner!

There are many reasons why this magnificent book quickly became the favourite of my collection.
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This massive volume is the authoritative guide to the marvelous apartment buildings in and around Washington, D.C. In my opinion, Washington, DC has some of the most humane, elegant urban apartment buildings in the United States, and this book explains their individual histories and their place in design history. For most buildings, a typical floor plan or apartment plan is included. This book is a must-have for any DC architecture buff, or multifamily housing designer/developer.
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An excellent documentation of the past architectural beauties of our fair city. Especially when many have disappeared in giving way to modern progress. James Goode has a unique way of painting a picture of past architectural wonders and making you yearn for days long gone.
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By Claudiu Austin on July 31, 2009
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I live in one of the buildings described in the book and I feel the history around me deeper after reading this book. The essential must-have if you're interested in Washington DC historical codo buildings. Richly illustrated, it reads like a novel.
Highly recommended
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