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Nice House Hardcover – October 19, 2010
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Samuel G. White is a partner in the New York firm Platt Byard Dovell White Architects. He is the author of three highly successful books on the work of McKim, Mead & White, most recently Stanford White Architect.
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I'm glad I did. The houses are all, indeed, very nice. Images, too.
But what was very very nice was the clarity of the presentation. Each house has its own visually defined section. You always know what house you are looking at. It's astonishing how many authors don't do this. They scatter images throughout the book, so the living room of house X is on page 34 while the dining room will be on page 164. Is anything more irritating?
What was also very nice, splendid actually, is that there are plans for each house! Plans! And large enough to actually read! Praise the Lord! Again, it's astonishing how many authors don't include plans in architecture books, or have them so small as to be unreadable. NOT nice!
Another nice feature was that while traditional style houses predominate there are also modernist houses and this diversity was unexpected and appreciated.
I was a little disappointed that the second floors do not have plans. I also really dislike that the hardback does not have a dust jacket. It feels, well, not properly dressed.
These ARE exactly the kinds of houses about which you would say "nice house" during a drive-by. They're mostly for real people in real places, yet still elevated and aspirational, not fantasy dwellings that are suburban Versailles palaces or arrogant aesthetic experiments. I'd say "Smart House" as much as "Nice House." Let's hope this approach becomes prominent in the post-McMansion era. More, please.