Great American Houses and Their Architectural Style An introduction to the principal architectural and decorative styles of the American house from the colonial times to the mid-20th-century. The authors identify the landmark houses that exemplify America's major architectural and decorative styles since Colonial times. Full description
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5.0 étoiles sur 5Well done all around.19 septembre 2000
Par bruce horner - Publié sur Amazon.com
You could think of this as a coffee-table version of the McAlester's Field Guide to American Houses (which I also recommend.) In this case each house is an historical landmark as well as an exemplar of an architectural style, and the photos are suitably sumptuous. I like coffee-table books that also give you solid information as well as pretty pictures, and this one succeeds admirably on both counts. It may not have every artist's or magnate's house you can think of, but it has a lot of them. A modern classic.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5Beautiful photos and excellent information18 janvier 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
My wife and I love this book. It explains architectural styles by profiling oustanding examples found throughout the United States. The McAlesters not only explain the architectural elements that make a house extraordinary, they also give the fascinating history of the homes and their owners, which include Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain, and Thomas Edison. In each profile, they also include simple line drawings that clearly identify the features of the style. Since buying this book, we have visited eight of the 25 houses and plan on seeing them all. This book will not gather dust on your coffee table.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5A beautiful Architectual and Interior Design Book11 juin 1998
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
The book has beautiful pictures of historical homes through out the United States. It also includes details about the architecture designs and a listing about how you can visit these house museums.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5Gilded Age Grandeur21 septembre 2005
Par Shannon Deason - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is wonderful book on a most deserving subject. American is blessed with amazing houses, built mostly during the Gilded Age by business barons. This book does a great job illustrating the different styles and discussing the houses that best embody these styles. The color photos are vivid and crisp and the houses chosen are spectacular. The text is highly informative and very interesting. It is so refreshing that so many of these mansions have survived for so long and thankfully these examples have been well cared for. It must have been difficult for the author to choose just one house to illustrate a style, but it's hard to argue with the ones she ultimatly chose. Nice read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5Reference book for every design library26 septembre 2012
Par Victoria S - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As an avid architecture and design enthusiast, I consider this book to be one of the seminal volumes on the American vernacular in my library. The authors explore 25 grand houses--ranging from Monticello to Mark Twain House to Vizcaya--and the changing tastes in housing design over a period of over 300 years.
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.