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Great American Houses and Their Architectural Styles Hardcover – October 1, 1994
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Edward B. Cone, New York
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Architecture buffs and decorators will enjoy visiting these 25 noteworthy American houses, selected partly because they are open to the public. What at first glance appears to be a coffee-table title turns out to be a useful guide to the various architectural styles of the American home…" — Library Journal
- Item Weight : 4.9 pounds
- Hardcover : 348 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1558597506
- ISBN-13 : 978-1558597501
- Product Dimensions : 10.3 x 1.4 x 10.3 inches
- Publisher : Abbeville Press; 1st Edition (October 1, 1994)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #335,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is divided into four main sections and within each they introduce, in chronological order, each of the grand mansions that illustrate the evolution of a principal style. For example, under the Colonial section, Georgian, Federal, Classical Revival, French Colonial and Spanish Colonial are each examined. The format provides a narrative of the progression of that style, photography and the historical cultural aspects contextualize its development. Each style is then deconstructed in a double page spread featuring illustrations highlighting the design elements.
What I most enjoy about this book is its versatility for anyone interested in architecture. This book is for the novice and informed alike. It can be used as a quick reference tool or as a visual dictionary of architectural terms or as a more in depth volume on the development of the stylistic elements that comprise the great American house.
This book is wonderful....and reading about each houses' history is so interesting!