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What Style Is It?: A Guide to American Architecture (Building Watchers Series)

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"A History in Miniature of Architecture in America." American Institute of Architects How many of the architectural styles on the front cover could you identify? Unless you scored 100 percent ? and especially if you?re in the habit of labeling all old buildings either "colonial" or "Victorian" ? What Style Is It? will finally put to rest your questions about American architectural styles. As the examples here clearly show, at least two dozen major styles have shaped the buildings that surround us. (And "colonial" and "Victorian" are not really styles, as the authors explain.) But our buildings remain a mystery to many people. When was it built? Why does it look that way? What style is it? Questions such as these are answered in this award-winning guide to 300 years of American architecture. Designed for easy identification of buildings on the road or at home, What Style Is It? gives a unique overview of America?s architectural styles. Individual chapters on 22 of the most important styles provide a concise look at the history and appearance of each. "If you?re confused by the differences between Stick and Shingle, or Queen Anne and Italianate, you may need What Style Is It?, a picture-and-prose handbook [that] strips away the mysteries of architectural nomenclature." Chicago Tribune "This slim, pocket-sized guide, with its many photographs and illustrations, should be of value to anyone interested in identifying and enjoying the architectural assets of a building.? What Style Is It? concisely gives the details and design features needed to identify a building?s style." New York Times "Anyone with the quest for discovering the details behind beautiful buildings will find this book an enlightening experience." Antique Monthly "American architectural styles aren?t strictly American, and that?s where problems arise. American builders adapted Roman, Greek, Spanish, English and Continental styles to produce some often impressive, often confusing examples of architecture....The expected styles are here, of course ? Georgian, Federal, Jeffersonian, Greek Revival ? but so are a host of lesser-known but often encountered ones. [The book has] excellent photographs, careful descriptions and an easy-to-read, flowing prose style." Southern Antiques American Booksellers Association Basic Book List

Synopsis:

Designed for easy identification of buildings, this picture and prose handbook offers a unique overview of U.S. architectural styles. Individual chapters on 22 of the most important styles including Gothic Revival, Art Deco, Richardsonian Romanesque and Prairie School provide a concise look at the history and appearance of each.

Table of Contents

Early Colonial.

Georgian.

Spanish Colonial.

Federal.

Jeffersonian.

Greek Revival.

Gothic Revival.

Italianate.

Exotic Revivals.

Second Empire.

Stick Style.

Queen Anne.

Shingle Style.

Richardsonian Romanesque.

Beaux-Arts.

Classical Revival.

Chicago School.

Bungalows.

Prairie Style.

Period Houses.

Art Deco.

International Style.

Glossary.

Further Reading.

Information Sources.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471144342
Subtitle:
A Guide to American Architecture
With:
Schwartz, Nancy B.
Author:
S. Allen Chambers, Jr.
Author:
Poppeliers, John C.
Author:
Historic American Buildings Survey
Author:
Schwartz, Nancy B.
With:
Chambers, S. Allen
Author:
Chambers, S. Allen
Publisher:
Wiley
Location:
Washington, D.C. :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
Public, Commercial, or Industrial Buildings
Subject:
U.S. Architecture - General
Subject:
Architecture - Specific Styles
Subject:
Architecture -- United States -- Themes, motives.
Subject:
History - Specific Styles
Subject:
Historic preservation
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series:
Building watchers series
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
19840201
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
10.04x4.29x.33 in. .36 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Designed for easy identification of buildings, this picture and prose handbook offers a unique overview of U.S. architectural styles. Individual chapters on 22 of the most important styles including Gothic Revival, Art Deco, Richardsonian Romanesque and Prairie School provide a concise look at the history and appearance of each.
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