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Architecture buffs and decorators will enjoy visiting these 25 noteworthy American houses, selected partly because they are open to the public. What at first glance appears to be a coffee-table title turns out to be a useful guide to the various architectural styles of the American home, replete with floor plans for each dwelling and schematic diagrams that point out representative architectural characteristics of the style in question. Each chapter also includes a tour of the interior of its house, with significant illustrations of interior detail highlighted. About half the homes are located in the Northeast, and most of the rest can be found east of the Mississippi; Monticello is the most famous house represented. Rounding out the book is a section explaining how to arrange a visit to any of these splendid residences. The McAlesters (A Field Guide to American Houses, LJ 8/84) are columnists for Country Home magazine; McLean is a freelance photographer. Recommended for architecture collections and large public libraries.
Edward B. Cone, New York
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
I bought it as a gift for my dad -- he loves it --said it is a beautiful bookPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Has been an excellent reference book for visiting many of these houses in the U.S.Published 14 months ago by Michael Kerley
The book has a good amount of text which I didn't bother to get into. After all, these books are good for their images. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Citroen R.