- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; Reprint edition (March 16, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1589796802
- ISBN-13: 978-1589796805
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,674,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Adobe: Homes and Interiors of Taos, Santa Fe, and the Southwest Paperback – March 16, 2012
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About the Author
Sandra Seth is a second generation New Mexican who has built more than one hundred adobe fireplaces and has designed and constructed six adobe homes in Taos. Laurel Seth, a native New Mexican, has an interest in our place in the environment that has spanned both a career as an art gallery owner and a world traveler. She has served on the boards of major local and regional arts organizations and is also involved in preservation and conservation.Valerie Graves is a master painter of landscapes and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Fine Art at the prestigious Taos Invites Taos Show at the Fall Arts Festival. Examples of her work can be found in Landscapes of New Mexico.
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The description was very accurate and the price ridiculously low for a virtual visual library in one volume. Should be in every serious collection of information dealing with North Rio Grande Valley architecture. I have two of these in my collection and reference them constantly for building detail information. the Seth sisters really put together an outstanding book!
The authors cover both the culture and history of the indigenous people who first developed what we now know as the South West style as well as the development and evolution of the style overall. The go into the techniques used in the designing and building and provide detailed descriptions and diagrams showing things such as fireplace designs, tile designs, everything that goes into these buildings. For all the technical details given the book never felt bogged down or in fact overly technical and you can easily go back and forth through out the book to pick out some new detail you missed before without loosing track of where you are in the book.
And I loved their use of photographs, most of them are in black and white but that is no detraction since most of them are depicting older houses and designs showing both how the style has evolved and yet have also stayed the same and are just beautiful and fascinating to look at both artistically and from a historical perspective.
This is a beautiful and fascinating book that gave me a new appreciation for this style of building and the climate and people who developed it.