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The Great American House: Tradition for the Way We Live Now Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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"...a stunning testimony to a life well-lived. His work melds the best of the past, present and future, with each home beautifully thought out, romantic and dreamy. Each of the 256 pages in this tome is an inspiration to build one perfect home in your lifetime." ~Papercity.com
"These pages document Schafer's love...and illustrate how thoughtful architecture can infuse the spaces in which we live with meaning." ~Veranda Magazine
"I opened the book, and before I knew it, a few hours had passed. And really, I can’t imagine a better way to spend a few hours than to read Gil’s engaging text and pore over the big, beautiful photos of his work." ~The Peak of Chic
"Anyone that has loved a house--or wants to fall in love all over again with their old one should get this book. Better yet-if you don't believe in Love- get the book, Schafer will convince you it can be found at Home." ~Littleaugury.com
"This is a remarkably good book, "The Great American House", should be on your list." ~mrsblandings.blogspot.com
About the Author
Award-winning architect and AD 100 member Gil Schafer is consistently recognized as one of the world’s experts on contemporary classical architecture. From 1999 to 2006, Schafer served as president and then chairman of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America. His work has been featured in many publications, including Elle Decor and the New York Times. Bunny Williams is an acclaimed interior designer and the author of four books, including An Affair with a House.
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Both of these different, and brilliant architects are able to explain why they design the spaces that they do! In understandable language to a layperson! It makes sense; and they explain it!
That to me; is an additional rare talent to add to the talent that they possess as architects! (and in John's case; also an "interior designer")
This is a really great book! I think the best thing about "classical architecture"; (in our age of "hideous", my opinion, of course, "McMansions" despoiling the countryside in every state); this man explains why classical architecture makes so much sense.......and why to go there if you are building a house!
As a decorator; for many years, I have been asked to look at "McMansions"; and asked if I can "make this cozy"? My answer,always; unfortunately, is : "No, I cannot." Because it is impossible.
The proportions are wrong, the ceilings are too high, the windows are all wrong, on and on. And they are simply unworkable as "comfortable family houses"; which is my goal as a decorator!
This book may contribute to "Stop the Madness!!" I can only hope!
It is a treasure!
Being a Rizzoli publication, the book itself is a magnificent product with high paper quality and outstanding picture size and clarity. It has a certain heft that tells you that no material shortcuts were taken.
The content is exactly what I expected; a fascinating narrative from Schafer on his architectural journey and the philosophy which guides his designs. It is so refreshing to see such beautiful classical architecture being created in the 21st century. There are four chapters focusing on particular buildings; Schafer's own Hudson Valley country house, which is a fine classic Greek Revival temple; a new traditional country house; a renovation of an early 20th century Nashville home and the staggering restoration of Gatewood, a phenomenal antebellum townhouse in Charleston, South Carolina, which with the lightest, most sensitive touch, is now fully functional for the modern age.
This book immediately vaults to the top five amongst a pretty extensive architectural library. For the reader interested in classical architecture this is required reading. Oh that I was in a tax bracket to commission a custom designed home of the first order, Gil Schafer would be my architect.
Aside from a typo in the book's forward mentioned by another reviewer, it's obvious that this one had a great deal of attention on its way to press. The presentation is neat and tight, the projects thoroughly photographed and, wonder of all, nothing is discussed in the prose that we can't see in the photos. Add to that the work of some first-string interior designers, and this is one book that I couldn't put down - and to which I have returned repeatedly with enthusiasm.
From the comprehensive photography and floor and site plans, to the sensitive and expository text, the reader is only left wanting for a sequel. Hopefully Mr. Schafer won't keep us waiting too long.
i have read the book from cover to cover several times.
i have always had a great interest in architecture and this
book really feeds the appetite. a book everyone who buys a
home in one of our suburban subdivisions should read prior
to purchase. i hope that gil schaefer will write another