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Classic Houses of Seattle: High Style to Vernacular, 1870-1950 (The Classic Houses Series) Hardcover – Illustrated, August 15, 2005
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Explores in detail more than 120 historic Seattle houses depicted in 325 spectacular period photos, many never before published. Photographs are supplemented with historic house plans and original architectural drawings. Includes a how-to guide for researching the history of your house.
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But for those looking for an extensive collection of pictures... befores and afters... in black-and-white and in color... with examples of restoration and even "saved from the brink" stories... this is NOT the book you're looking for.
Given there was nothing like this book, beforehand, a lot of credit has to be given for all the work that went into this book... from the collection of early photos, to the information on each house, and the general attempts to undertand each style.
Classic American house styles (and not just in Seattle) had become a forgotten art form in the States, until the 1970s, when a young architect named Bob Vila, launched a seminal program on PBS for the restoration of old houses. And creating a boom both in the interest in America's family home patrimoine/heritage... but in the home restoration industry!
Given the interest and knowledge people have, a book such as this fits right into the general need to appreciate and understand house styles.
This is a very good book for understanding, in general, the different house styles. Of course, the term "classic" means those houses which had some sort of architectural movement attached to them. So don't expect anything looking at the earliest houses of Seattle (which may or may not still exist) from the Civil War era, which were simple, Nordic-inspired clapboard, frame houses, for example.
Highly recommended for anyone who loves Seattle, and wants to have an understanding of the houses standing around in the classic neighborhoods of the city.
Complaint: the addresses of the homes in the photos is not on the page, and even finding it in the back of the book is difficult because of poor organization.
Many of the earlier homes have since been destroyed, so the author had to rely on archival photos. All those photos are, of course, in black and white.
Then the author did a wonderful research job by showing the following architectural styles from the early 1900's to the 1950's.
The reason that I give this book a 4-star,rather than a full 5-star rating, is because I wish the author had shown more photos of the LATER homes discussed, & that are still available in Seattle. Instead, the author showed one photo (mostly) of the later homes, when she surely could have included a few more photos of the LATER homes, since they are still available for photo-taking.
The photos of the available (modern) homes, are all in black and white also ---not in color. I suppose the author wanted to show continuum throughout her book, so she chose to show all the book's photos (even the modern photos from 2004-2005) in black and white.