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A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Eastern North Carolina (Richard Hampton Jenrette Series in Architecture and the Decorative Arts) Hardcover – November 25, 1996


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  • Series: Richard Hampton Jenrette Series in Architecture and the Decorative Arts
  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; First Edition edition (November 25, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080782285X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807822852
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An excellent guidebook. "Coastwatch"

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A diverse and extensive guide for explorers with a historical bent. . . . An excellent guidebook. . . . No trip to the beach should be a straight drive when the Coastal Plain's back roads offer fascinating stories of North Carolina's history through the details of its architecture.--Coastwatch

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jon L. Albee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 1, 2005
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This book is exactly what its title suggests: It's a survey of HISTORIC architecture in eastern North Carolina, one of the richest concentrations of colonial, federal, and early Romantic architecture in the country. Eastern North Carolina is a feast for anyone who enjoys small coastal towns packed with historic churches and houses, small regional cities that aspired to metropoli but failed and are now preserved gems of early 20th century urban architecture, and rural plantations off the beaten path just waiting for that late afternoon thunderstorm. This book, along with its two equally good companion volumes covering the Piedmont and West, is a joy to simply browse for a quick daydream or a resource to pour over as part of a larger research project. They're really that good.

In the world of architectural surveys, the variation in standards can be frustrating. Some are generally excellent, complete and (relatively) objective, while some are grossly incomplete or out of date. Some are packed with structures that have otherwise been demolished or destroyed (what's the point?). Some are so overstuffed with editorial political correctness and arcane archi-speak that they can't be enjoyed for the art itself. Also, some like to use what I call "iconoclastic postdating," a form of revisionism that always finds buildings to be younger than previously thought, but never older.

This guide, miraculously, resists ALL of these potential flaws. It is of the highest scholarly and editorial quality. There are no significant omissions to reveal the author's political or aesthetic bias. The summaries are concise and well written. The coverage is truly exhaustive, being a combination of single entries and location summaries.
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