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How to Read Buildings: A Crash Course in Architectural Styles

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This practical primer is a handbook for decoding a buildings style, history, and evolution. Every building contains clues embedded in its design that identify not only its architectural style but also the story of who designed it, who it was built for, and why. Organized by architectural element (roofs, doors, windows, columns, domes, towers, arches, etc.), the book is roughly chronological within each section, examining the elements across history, through different architectural styles, and by geographical distribution. Additional chapters offer overviews of how architecture has been affected by geography, history, and religion, along with an illustrated timeline of architectural elements. Also included is a chapter on applied ornament and a handy introduction to naming each part of a building. All entries are accompanied by examples in the forms of period engravings, line drawings, and pictures. The extended captions make the book invaluable for anyone who has ever pondered the meaning or importance of a hipped roof, rounded doorway, or classical pediment.

About the Author

Dr. Carol Davidson Cragoe is a graduate of Smith College and holds a Masters in art history from New York University. She was Architectural Editor for the Victoria County History series and more recently for English Heritage.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780847831128
Author:
Cragoe, Carol Davidson
Publisher:
Rizzoli International Publications
Author:
Davidson Cragoe, Carol
Subject:
General
Subject:
Public, Commercial, or Industrial Buildings
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Buildings - Public, Commercial & Industrial
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
General Architecture
Subject:
Architecture-Types
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
575 ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
6.40x5.30x.60 in. .90 lbs.

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