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The Abrams Guide to American House Styles

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Publisher Comments:

What are the unique characteristics that make a house Colonial or Craftsman, Modern or Deco, or any of the other approximately 20 styles of domestic architecture common in the United States? At a time of near-obsessive attention to home design and renovation, this compact, easily accessible guide-the only book of its kind with all color photography-makes the identification of house styles a breeze. Each style is described by author William Morgan, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated architectural historian, in a short historical summary, alongside a list of its distinguishing features. Multiple examples of each house style are provided-the book includes 350 houses from more than 40 states-so the reader can see the region-specific variations. Complementing the beautiful color photographs is a selection of line drawings highlighting each style's key attributes.

Both at the desk and in the field, for a wide audience of discerning house hunters, homeowners, and realtors; architects, builders, and students; and the ever-increasing public with a seemingly insatiable curiosity about residential design, this elegant, informative, portable volume will be an invaluable resource for years to come.

Review:

"Morgan presents a sort of dummy's guide to American architecture, dressed up in a pretty hardcover with copious color photographs and minimal, elegant descriptions. Househunters, homeowners, realtors-or anyone simply interested in what distinguishes a Victorian from a Colonial, what the difference is between Georgian and Greek Revival, or which empire inspired the Second Empire style-will love this book. Morgan aims 'to simplify-in text, image and graphic presentation-what has become a complex subject to understand,' and his book largely succeeds. In 15 color-coded chapters, Morgan, whose writings on architecture have appeared in The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Smithsonian and other publications, demystifies American house styles, giving a two-page overview for each, photographic examples from around the country and notes on the style's defining characteristics. With its clear prose, comprehensive scope and excellent photos, this book will be a useful resource for all who care about American design." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

In his introduction architectural historian Morgan notes how confusing it is to sort out American styles of architecture; they are eclectic and have proliferated, borrowing from one another and from the past. This reference for homeowners and others contains 15 style-oriented chapters presenting a total of 23 styles (to incorporate regional variations), represented by some 400 houses from 40 states. Each section comprises color photos (and some drawings) accompanied by brief introductory text and a chart identifying distinguishing characteristics. The book begins with "colonial" and ends with "deconstructivism" and "curiosities."
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This compact, easily accessible guide, the only book of its kind with all color photography, makes the identification of house styles a breeze. Each style is described by a Pulitzer Prize-nominated architectural historian, in a short historical summary, alongside a list of its distinguishing features.

Synopsis:

- This is the only book of its kind to feature all color photography--all taken within the past two years.
- A genuine resource book, which features 350 houses from more than 40 states.
- The topic plays into the currently hot trend of home design, restoration, and renovation.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810949430
Editor:
Olsen, Richard
Author:
Pratt, Ned
Editor:
Olsen, Richard
Author:
Morgan, William
Author:
Kurzaj, Radek
Publisher:
Harry N. Abrams
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Domestic
Subject:
U.S. Architecture - General
Subject:
Architecture, domestic
Subject:
Residential
Subject:
Buildings - Residential
Subject:
Architecture, Domestic -- United States.
Subject:
ARCHITECTURE / Reference
Subject:
General Architecture
Series:
Abrams Book
Publication Date:
20080401
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, Y
Pages:
424
Dimensions:
6 3/4 X 8 1/2
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

Related Subjects

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Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Houses
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » Reference
Arts and Entertainment » Architecture » United States » General
Engineering » Construction » General
Engineering » Home Construction » General

The Abrams Guide to American House Styles
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Product details 424 pages Harry N. Abrams - English 9780810949430 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Morgan presents a sort of dummy's guide to American architecture, dressed up in a pretty hardcover with copious color photographs and minimal, elegant descriptions. Househunters, homeowners, realtors-or anyone simply interested in what distinguishes a Victorian from a Colonial, what the difference is between Georgian and Greek Revival, or which empire inspired the Second Empire style-will love this book. Morgan aims 'to simplify-in text, image and graphic presentation-what has become a complex subject to understand,' and his book largely succeeds. In 15 color-coded chapters, Morgan, whose writings on architecture have appeared in The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Smithsonian and other publications, demystifies American house styles, giving a two-page overview for each, photographic examples from around the country and notes on the style's defining characteristics. With its clear prose, comprehensive scope and excellent photos, this book will be a useful resource for all who care about American design." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , This compact, easily accessible guide, the only book of its kind with all color photography, makes the identification of house styles a breeze. Each style is described by a Pulitzer Prize-nominated architectural historian, in a short historical summary, alongside a list of its distinguishing features.
"Synopsis" by , - This is the only book of its kind to feature all color photography--all taken within the past two years.
- A genuine resource book, which features 350 houses from more than 40 states.
- The topic plays into the currently hot trend of home design, restoration, and renovation.
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