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Architecture of the Old South Hardcover – October 14, 1993
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From Library Journal
Over the past 15 years, Lane has researched and written extensively about the architecture of America's South, producing seven state surveys, with an eighth on the way. This volume contains the series' highpoints, lavishly illustrated with Martin's color photographs and numerous period drawings and watercolors. Organized chronologically through the Romantic styles of the mid-19th century, the book provides stunning examples from each period and region, ranging from modest frontier cabins to sumptuous state capitals. The important contributions of European and Yankee designers are acknowledged, without slighting the work of such Southern talents as Robert Mills and Gideon Shryock. With broad appeal to an audience of architects, social historians, and preservationists, this book is recommended for larger regional libraries and architecture collections.
- H. Ward Jandl, National Park Service, Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Mills Lane spent over fifteen year of "exploration, research, and writing" to produce this now classic work. He has attempted (and succeeded) in documenting how, surprisingly, "the great buildings of the Old South were created by outsiders and newcomers, especially New Englanders, whose contribution to Southern society and culture has been long underestimated."
Laudable buildings from such great cities as Charleston, Savannah, and New Orleans are amply represented here, as are country houses and plantation estates. And to Lane's credit, he includes some quirky homes and frontier houses that have architectural connections to some of the region's more familiar buildings.
Van Jones Martin's color photography is crisp and unfussy. The best pictures include William Bryd II's handsome 18th-century mansion, in Westover, Virginia; Charleston's elegant, 18th-century Unitarian Church; and the grand, curving stair in Peter Wilson Hairston's 19th-century, two-story home in Advance, North Carolina.
A fine Bibliography and Index can also be found in this handsome and important work.