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The Elements of Style: An Encyclopedia of Domestic Architectural Detail Hardcover – May 31, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; Fourth Edition edition (May 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770850864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770850866
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Review for previous edition] Great for someone restoring a period home because it tells what fits a certain style and what doesn't... would give someone planning a home a lot of looks and styles to consider. (Deborah Donovan Arlington Heights Daily Herald 2005-12-04)

[Review for previous edition] An outstanding and economical single-volume resource... Summing Up Highly recommended. (R.T. Clement Choice 2006-05-00)

[Review for previous edition] Recommended title by the staff of Fine Homebuilding, Special Anniversary edition (Fine Homebuilding 2006-02-00)

[Review for previous edition] A welcome addition to the coffee tables or libraries of professional designers, architecture buffs and, for that matter, anyone who has even a passing interest in how homes have evolved over the centuries. (Globe and Mail 2005-12-10)

[Review for previous edition] Visual feast of domestic architectural styles... It is truly a scholarly work, but also an accessible one that can be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates beautiful design or is intrigued by the domestic lives of past generations... extraordinary detail. (Jane Gadd Globe and Mail 2006-01-27)

[Review for previous edition] Teeming with illustrations of representative doors, windows, fireplaces and other structural/decorative elements... capturing each period in lively and penetrating detail... an excellent reference. (David Soltész Library Journal 2005-12-00)

[Review for previous edition] Essentially a reference volume, but a pleasurable one to read... every page is peppered with color photographs, line drawings and black-and-white archival images that bring the architectural elements to life. (Cheryl Cornacchia Montreal Gazette 2005-12-03)

[Review for previous edition] A perfect gift for the architecture junkie in your life... color-coded tabs for quick reference to 500 years of architectural details and styles with illustrations and photographs. (Jenn Houlihan Style at Home 2006-01-00)

[Review for previous edition] One of the most borrowed books in our library... Not sure which light fixtures complement a Craftsman? You'll find out here. (This Old House 2006-04-00)

[Review for previous edition] No detail is overlooked... A necessary reference work for those interested in residential architectural history. It's pleasurable eye candy for everyone else. (Peggy Mackenzie Toronto Star 2005-12-01)

[Review for previous edition] An indispensable tool for architects, designers, historians, or indeed anyone interested in residential design and the history of domestic architecture... Domestic architectural detail can inspire with beauty and grace. (Western Roofing 2006-01-00)

Singular in its presentation, scope, and comprehensiveness.... a staple for any university library with an architecture or interior design department. Recommended. (Choice 2013-06-01)

About the Author

Stephen Calloway is Curator of Prints and Books at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and author, lecturer and consultant on architecture, interior design and the history of taste. He has contributed to numerous periodicals, including The World of Interiors and Architectural Digest, and is the author of Twentieth-Century Design and Baroque Baroque.

Alan Powers is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich School of Architecture and Landscape, London. He is the author of several books on English architecture and decorative arts, including Living with Books, and is a regular contributor to Country Life and other magazines.

Elizabeth Cromley is Professor of Architecture at Northeastern University, Boston. She is the author of Alone Together: A History of New York's Early Apartments, and co-editor of a variety of essays and books on vernacular architecture.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rob on August 17, 2013
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Great reference for those wanting to know about architectural details of differing time periods. For those wanting to do restoration or 3d detailing as well as the person who loves architectural history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ursula E. Maresca on April 3, 2014
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I write marketing copy for high-end residential properties. Having the correct terms for architectural components is immensely important for me. This book meets my needs and more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meryl Logue on March 27, 2014
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Excellent book, but it was not what I was looking for. I returned it. I flipped through it to see if it offered the detail I needed but it did not. Every major period/style seemed to be covered. The periods were broken into subsections such as lighting, doors, windows, built-in furniture, and the exterior styles, of course... how to recognize a style from the street, and more. But I needed a deeper dive than it offered into those categories within a limited segment of periods. I think I'm' looking for more of a narrow, exhaustive coverage than this provides.
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Tremendous resource and pictorial of domestic architectural metamorphoses through the major periods in history. I extracted from it all kinds of colorful details to do with homes, from inside to outside and from moldings to furniture, to enrich my historical fiction story set during the American Civil War period!
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By Julee W on April 1, 2014
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I bought this as a reference for my writing but I love this book, I can learn so much about houses and house parts. it's a pleasure perusing through it's pages.
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