- Hardcover: 80 pages
- Publisher: Running Press; 1st, First Printing edition (March 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0762402032
- ISBN-13: 978-0762402038
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 12.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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American Castles: A Pictorial History Hardcover – March 1, 1998
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Still, of even greater interest than these would-be Versailles' are quintessentially American buildings like the Carson House in Eureka or the bizarre Winchester "Mystery" House. All of these are shown to excellent advantage in this book, with an occasional Italianate Palazzo and the odd gothic monstrosity thrown in for good measure. Both interiors and exteriors are (selectively) documented. Texts are brief and to the point. The photography is more than serviceable, though of somewhat variable quality and rarely quite top-notch. Still, at the price nobody interested need hesitate to pick up this slim volume. If you are seriously interested in the subject I would however urge you (also) to invest in the McAlister's more comprehensive, scholarly, and visually stunning "Great American Houses", which includes floor plans, unfortunately missing in the present book.
I was hoping for something along the lines of the Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd books on the homes of England and Scotland.
It is a pretty book, but leaves much to be desired in my opinion.
There are many other mansions still around in the USA, but this book contains the most well-known "mansions",photographed on the outside.
See other books I have reviewed if you want more suggestions for books on castles & architecture.