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The Louisiana Houses of A. Hays Town Hardcover – August, 1999
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Over a twenty-year career in the communications industry, Cyril E. Vetter has owned and operated newspapers, radio and television stations, a television production company, and a recording and music publishing company. He is the author of Fonville Winans' Louisiana: Politics, People, and Places. He lives in Baton Rouge.
Philip Gould, who lives in Lafayette, Louisiana, is a documentary photographer. His work has been featured in numerous national magazines, among them Newsweek, National Geographic Traveler, and Smithsonian. His previous books of photographs include Louisiana's Capitols -- The Power and the Beauty and Cajun Music and Zydeco.
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If all architects had the soul of this man, who incorporated cultural styles, natural materials and re-purposed objects, we would have fewer faux "French Chateaus" with wafer- thin stone facing and fewer cookie- cutter, mass-produced neighborhoods.
God bless A. Hays Town! This should be required reading for every architectural student.
A gorgeous book!
My problem isn't so much with Town's work as it is with how it's presented here. There is absolutely no text whatsoever (there is a brief introduction), and there are no floor plans or elevations. This book is, literally, a portfolio of color photographs. The photographs are limited in scope, being mostly shots of rooms and furniture. There are some nice shots of architectural details but, really, the photography is nothing to get excited about. Good? Yes. Great? No.
The 25 sites are all houses, and they cover the range of Louisiana styles from small Creole cottage to grand Greek Revival manor. The locations of the houses are not disclosed, so this book is not useful as a tour guide.
I would recommend this book only to people who have an intense interest in the work of this architect.
If you are interested in use of beams, lots of wood , expansive use of windows, proportion, trim detail, etc., this book offers of wealth of examples to study.
I am not talented at "creating" the right look, balance, color combination, etc. in a room, but I do know when I see it having been well done. This book has served as a "study guide" in visualizing and planning our house. I am confident that we are going to be happy with our results