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Publisher Comments:

The trend is unmistakable. The Ranch-style house, a phenomenal success in the '40s, '50s, and '60s, is making a comeback. Like the enthusiastic embrace of Modern-style houses in the past decade, the Ranch house today is being snatched up and restored all across suburban America, while longtime owners are rediscovering what seduced them in the first place. Now Alan Hess, one of the country's leading authorities on the 20th-century American home, offers the definitive look at the Ranch house as he guides readers on a tour of more than 30 iconic examples, all photographed especially for this book. <BR>With L- or U-shaped floor plans and sliding glass doors that provide direct access to the patio from the living area, the Ranch house is ideal for an indoor/ outdoor lifestyle and great for families, qualities that made it so appealing in its early days. Now, as this book illustrates, with baby boomers reclaiming the design aesthetic of their youth and a younger generation welcoming the warm and casual spirit of the Ranch, it's no surprise that this most populist of house styles is popular once again.

Book News Annotation:

Hess's (architectural critic, San Jose Mercury News) detailed account expands current knowledge (and perhaps will improve opinions) of this ubiquitous style. Chapter describe the introduction of ranch houses, the publicity used to promote them, the design strategies of certain early builders, and tract housing. He concludes his history with a survey in photos of 26 notable ranch houses, with several interior and exterior views of each, accompanied by brief captions. The volume is oversize: 9.75x11.75". Many of the plates are full- page.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Alan Hess is architecture critic for the San Jose Mercury News. His books include Googie: Fifties Coffee Shop Architecture, Rancho Deluxe, The Architecture of John Lautner, and Palm Springs Weekend. He lives in Troy, Michigan. Noah Sheldon is an architectural photographer based in New York City whose work has been featured in numerous national periodicals, includingThe New York Times Magazine and New York. This is his first book.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810943469
Author:
Sheldon, Noah
Publisher:
Harry N. Abrams
Photographer:
Sheldon, Noah
Author:
Sheldon, Noah
Location:
New York
Subject:
Design & Construction
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Domestic
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
Ranch houses
Subject:
History - Specific Styles
Subject:
Residential
Subject:
History
Subject:
Buildings - Residential
Subject:
Architecture -- United States -- History.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
no. 2
Publication Date:
20050101
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
11 1/2 X 9 1/2
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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