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Houses of Boston's Back Bay Paperback – January 1, 1967


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 511 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674409019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674409019
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This truly fascinating book is a detailed chronicle of a district rich in meaning for architect, planner, historian, sociologist and lover of Americana ... With it all, insights are gained into the mores of those marvelous Bostonians and their equally marvelous city. (American Institute of Architects Journal)

Here is an excellent book. Although parts of residential Back Bay are now a century old, surprisingly little has been written about this brightest jewel in Boston's crown. So the book is twice welcome. Mr. Bunting...writes with authority yet with a clarity of style that makes for delightful reading.
--Edgar Packard Dean (New England Quarterly)

Bunting has made a distinguished contribution to cultural history in his perceptive use of domestic architecture to reflect and interpret the customs, ideas, and interests of an American generation in a setting peculiarly favorable for such a study.
--Madeleine Hook Rice (Journal of American History)

An immensely detailed but never tedious account of the development of a district celebrated for the intellectual and financial eminence of its inhabitants. (Royal Institute of British Architects)

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This truly fascinating book is a detailed chronicle of a district rich in meaning for architect, planner, historian, sociologist and lover of Americana ... With it all, insights are gained into the mores of those marvelous Bostonians and their equally marvelous city.-American Institute of Architects Journal

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jane Austin on April 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
Bunting's book is definitive, scholarly yet readable. He defines various architectural features, as well as outlining technological and cost elements, of representative 'mansions/townhouses' built in post civil war Boston. It is fascinating. I found it best read through once for the total picture then used as a selective reference (for example: the intersection of the changes in heating technology on design). Photos are provided to illustrate points made.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Keith on November 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have owned a copy of this book for many years and am constantly referring to it to learn more about a specific building or a style of architecture.

You'll find the text easy to read, either in one sitting or over time. The author seems to know everything there is to know about the Back Bay's buildings.

There are not too many photos but the ones that are there show off buildings existing and long-gone. It would be wonderful if there could be an updated version with an expanded photo gallery.

An added treat: at the end of the book is a street-by-street, building-by-building list of which architect built which building and for whom. A great cheat sheet.

If you're looking for a companion purchase, "Gaining Ground" by Nancy Seasholes is great. More of a "coffee table" book than a straight read, it's full of fascinating information and images.
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By Anne C on December 5, 2012
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Everyone loves a story about the history of a building they are about to buy. This has details of all of Back Bay.
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Even if you don't own property in the Back Bay but just love walking it's streets, you'll find this book a real treat. I first bought it when I was selling real estate in the area during the 1980's and it helped me immensely to understand the evolution of the neighborhood(s). I lost it during a move and was so happy to find that it was still in print. I only wish that it included more city areas.
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By vermeer on August 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Bunting has put together a comprehensive study of the Back Bay's wide-ranging architecture and history. The book can be appreciated by the architectural scholar as well as the more casual reader.
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