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The Louisiana Houses of A. Hays Town Hardcover – August, 1999
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About the Author
Over a twenty-year career in the communications industry, Cyril E. Vetter has owned and operated newspapers, radio and television stations, a television production company, and a recording and music publishing company. He is the author of Fonville Winans' Louisiana: Politics, People, and Places. He lives in Baton Rouge.
Philip Gould, who lives in Lafayette, Louisiana, is a documentary photographer. His work has been featured in numerous national magazines, among them Newsweek, National Geographic Traveler, and Smithsonian. His previous books of photographs include Louisiana's Capitols -- The Power and the Beauty and Cajun Music and Zydeco.
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Top Customer Reviews
Many picturesque elements recur throughout the book: classical statuary, brick floors, exteriors with a look of natural weathering, 2-level exterior galleries, etc. Some particularly memorable images include the following: Hamilton House's interior courtyard overlooked by a second floor balcony; Westerman House's charming lily pond, made from an old sugar kettle; the rustic wood posts on the porch of the Bonnecaze House; the elegant white pillars of the Godchaux House; and more.
My only disappointment is that floor plans for the homes are not included; they would have, in my opinion, given readers a better sense of these houses. Still, if you love great American architecture, I recommend this book.
My problem isn't so much with Town's work as it is with how it's presented here. There is absolutely no text whatsoever (there is a brief introduction), and there are no floor plans or elevations. This book is, literally, a portfolio of color photographs. The photographs are limited in scope, being mostly shots of rooms and furniture. There are some nice shots of architectural details but, really, the photography is nothing to get excited about. Good? Yes. Great? No.
The 25 sites are all houses, and they cover the range of Louisiana styles from small Creole cottage to grand Greek Revival manor. The locations of the houses are not disclosed, so this book is not useful as a tour guide.
I would recommend this book only to people who have an intense interest in the work of this architect.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hays Town really out performed himself. He is missed!
Thanks, for a beautiful book addition to my collection.
Byron B. Carson, Jr., Architect
Wonderful book to look at. I am building a house and got a lot of great ideas from this man.Published 3 months ago by Michael Riches
Great coffee table book, especially if you appreciate southern residential architecture.Published 6 months ago by Gary Faulkner
Great book. However, it was a little rough by the time I received it. Not sure if it was shipped damaged or it took the beating en route. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mark Christian