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Classic Houses of Portland, Oregon, 1850-1950 Paperback – Illustrated, August 15, 2005

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Classic Houses is, in itself, a museum piece. -- Carolyn Spector KLCC 89.7 FM 20000524 Thoroughly captivating ... Lavishly illustrated ... Perfect for anyone interested in architecture or anyone who appreciates beauty and craftsmanship. Salem Statesman Journal 19991201 One of the most fascinating books to emerge this season. Willamette Week 19991201 Classic Houses of Portland ... is as fine a resource book on local architecture as has ever been published. -- Randy Gragg Oregonian 19991128 Like a stroll along Newport's famed Cliff Walk, with its many fabulous summer 'cottages,' this book offers a glimpse of bygone times and their values, fashions and foibles. It's a splendid memento. Victorian Decorating and Lifestyle 20000501 The authors have produced a fresh and insightful guide for the identification of architectural styles. Oregon Historical Quarterly 20001116 The authors of Classic Houses of Portland, Oregon, 1850-1950 deliver precisely what their title promises. And ... It is an accessible primer on styles of American residential architecture and an analysis of the ways in which these styles were adapted to a specific regional setting. It is also a solid and reliable reference on this facet of the city's history. -- Carl Abbott Public Historian 20010607 Few books dedicated to conveying information also can lay claim to being very entertaining. 'Classic Houses' can make that statement. -- Dan Hays Salem Statesman Journal 20050814

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From the classical and medieval revival homes of city's early years, through the popular Arts and Crafts houses of the 1920s and '30s, to the uniquely regional Northwest Style, Portland's architecture exemplifies the best in domestic architecture. Lavishly illustrated with plans, drawings, and photographs both historical and contemporary.
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Product Details

  • Series: Classic Houses
  • Paperback: 591 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated; First Paperback Edition edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088192749X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881927498
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By L. Wyss on December 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This beautiful volume examines the first century of Portland's domestic architecture with a critical but sympathetic eye. Many of its finest examples have disappeared in all but photos, and others exist only in misshapen form, but the author is able to recall the grace, dignity, pretension and whimsy which went into their original design. This is a book for both new and old residents who may have decided that our "Stumptown" had little adornment in its early years,and proves that Portland was already a place of discernment and competitive display long before the 19th Century turned, when Seattle was a fishing camp and jumping off point to Alaskan gold. Besides the implicit social and artistic history lesson, the book's black and white photos are a memorable eyeful for anyone who loves American homes, furnishings, or decoration. A very rich read, indeed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bart King on September 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
At first blush, the following may sound like what the late SPY magazine referred to as "logrolling." What I mean is that when I began researching a project about Portland architecture, the gentleman I most wanted to consult on the topic was William J. Hawkins, III. He is well known for his erudition, depth of knowledge, and courtliness, and I counted myself lucky that he had time to lend me a hand.

I mention all that in the interest of full disclosure. As to this book, like any researcher, I am pleased when I can find a comprehensive and reliable reference. And when it's as well written and beautifully laid out as this book, well, that's when research stops being a job and it turns into a pleasure. Superbly done.

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Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs, Classic Houses Of Portland, Oregon 1850-1950 is a grand tour of over 300 venerable residences representing twenty-three architectural styles including Greek Revival, Queen Anne, Bungalow, the regional Northwest style, and many more. A brief history of each house is given; sometimes floor plans are offered, to help the reader fully appreciate the distinct ambience of the dwellings. Classic Houses Of Portland, Oregon 1850-1950 offers a marvelous, sweeping, informative tour which as enjoyable for non-specialist general readers as it is for architectural student, professionals, and historians.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Brown on April 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have no problem with the material in this book. The only thing I don't like is the index. I know that is petty, but with a book like this it is important. In the book you can look up houses by neighborhood but there is not a reference that shows the page number. Why is this bad? Lets say I wanted to go for a walk and look at some old Portland architecture. If the index were set up properly I could look at which neighborhood I was going to and then reference the page to see if it was still standing (very important) and if it was something I really wanted to look at!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LW on August 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book not only provides a thorough history of Portland's development through the years, but also a comprehensive explanation of the characteristics and backgrounds of varying styles of architecture. Great coffee table read, and if you live in Portland, an excellent guide to discovering the city's many architectural treasures.
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This was purchased as a gift for my architect daughter, who lives in Portland. Of course, I read it before I sent it to her, and I couldn't put it down. Great historical houses, and an all-encompassing history of Portland itself. They sure don't build 'em like they used to. Ed Lane
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This is a wonderful book, rich in history, wealthy in photos. I love how it is broken up into chapters by architectural type. It is a fabulous tour for anyone who appreciates beautiful old homes.
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