on March 27, 2014
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.
on December 2, 2015
Great book that covers the major style periods in North America. The drawings are lovely and the information is detailed. While not exhaustive, if you read this book you will be able to identify the influences and origins of doorways, windows, trim, and all the fine details that make up homes in North America.