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Federal Style Patterns 1780-1820 with CD-Rom

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ISBN-13: 978-0471694199
ISBN-10: 0471694193
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"Those seeking guidance or inspiration in creating historically accurate Federal-style architectural elements need look no further…" (Clem Labine’s Period Homes, September, 2005)

"Architects, interior designers, preservationists, and anyone who is interested in the details of Federal Style architecture will find this a valuable resource." (Art Book News Annual, 2006)

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The Detailed, Clearly Illustrated Guide to Federal Patterns

Federal Style Patterns 1780–1820 is a single-source book of pattern drawings illustrating the form, character, scale, and proportion of Federal Style ornament and detail built in New England primarily from 1780 to 1820.

Conveniently organized in sections for cornices, door and window casings, chair rails, baseboards, mantels, and fences, Federal Style Patterns 1780–1820 features 300 detailed line drawings that are useful to architects, interior designers, and preservationists. An accompanying CD-ROM offers pattern drawings in a versatile, downloadable format.

Federal Style Patterns 1780–1820 offers architects and interior designers a fresh look at this uniquely American style to provide a springboard for design inspiration and new ideas.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471694193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471694199
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.9 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,580,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Oh, this is an elegant book, with highly detailed drawings of every molding, mantels, doors, room designs, etc. that you can imagine, all in the beautiful American Federal Style. In this book, you can 'invade' historic homes and 'walk out' with measured detailed drawings of all of the best features -- without anyone catching you in the act.
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"Federal Style Patterns 1780-1820" is the culmination of an astounding research project. The detailed drawings are based on design elements from homes built during the Federal Era in the New England region, and include detailed images of cornices, door and window casings, chair rails, baseboards and more.

All drawings are captured in a variety of formats on a CD-ROM that comes with the book, which is a helpful tool for modern day designers hoping to faithfully reproduce the elegance of Federal Style architecture.

For some time now, I have been fascinated with the Federal Style, so much so that I decided to decorate and furnish my new office as if it were a page from history, circa 1815. I was a bit confused how to adapt a door arch to my particular circumstance, so I e-mailed the authors of this book, MaryBeth Mudrick and Lawrence D. Smith, for advice. I was most pleased with the prompt and professional reply I received from them. Throughout the duration of my project, which stretched out for many months, MaryBeth and Lawrence provided invaluable guidance at many critical junctures, always with patience and a friendly touch. With my copy of their text close by at all times, these pros led me toward a Federal Style look that far exceeded my original expectations. Thomas Jefferson would have felt right at home!
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This book is a pattern book. If you are looking for a coffee table book with lots of glossy photos, this is not the book you want; if you are looking for a history book on the Federal Style, this is also not the book you want.

This is a book that is similar to other pattern books that have been written and published in the Nineteenth Century to facilitate carpenters wishing to build attractive houses that are correctly detailed. Asher Benjamin's "The American Builder's Companion" immediately comes to mind as one such example of a pattern book. Not everyone could afford to hire an architect, who was trained to design correctly detailed houses, so carpenters would assume the role of designer and would use pattern books, along with their prior experience working with architects, to inform them on how to properly detail buildings. Not much has changed. Many people still are unable to afford an architect, home builders and carpenters often have to assume the role of designers when an architect is not used, and nostalgia for the architecture of the past remains high. The ratio of amateur designed houses to architect designed houses is getting ever larger because most architects have abandoned the residential market because of its increasing demand for nostalgia architectural styles, and because architects are no longer trained to properly detail traditional residences, there is no useful knowledge that a builder can gain from working with an architect. A builder wishing to carry the traditional design ball that architects have punted, and produce competent traditional detailing must therefore rely on a pattern book.
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The book is well illustrated and true to the topic. I thought a little too much time was spent on the dimensions of the illustrated work in how the book need to be adjusted for the size of the book and not any time spent explaining how the woodworkers of the time accomplished the work, Example how was a flute cut with the top end round and the bottom end flat. How are tongues added to a fluted column? There are no explanations of the wonderfully illustrated woodworking just where the work is located and how to measure the work.
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I was very pleased with my purchase of "Federal Style Patterns - 1780-1820". Working for a manufacturer of architectural products, I had a very basic understanding of early American styles. Reading this book greatly enhanced my understanding of the Federal Style. "Federal Style Patterns" is a very well written, beautifully illustrated resource for interior architectural trim and millwork. They even supply all their drawings in CADD so that architects, builders, craftsmen and homeowners can utilize the detailed drawings for their own projects. It is not intended as a comprehensive study of all periods and variations of the Federal Style. Rather this book focuses, as stated by the authors in the preface, on the "Traditional Phase" as practiced in New England between 1780 and 1820
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