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American Architecture introduces the reader to the major developments that shaped the American-built environment from before the Europeans to the present, from the everyday vernacular to the high style of aspiration. Leland M. Roth describes the impact of changes in conceptual imagery, style, building technology, landscape design, and town-planning theory throughout the nations history. Based on his acclaimed and influential Concise History of American Architecture (1980), this new book is double the length with twice as many illustrations, featuring expanded coverage of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, regional styles, and contemporary buildings and architects. The author charts the social, cultural, and political forces that shaped the growth and development of American towns, cities, and suburbs. In ten chapters with 612 illustrations, he provides a full, reliable, and up-to-date description, analysis, and interpretation of American buildings and their architects. The illustrations are integrated into the text and consist of photographs, drawings, plans, and maps. Well-written and comprehensive, American Architecture is invaluable as a guide, study, and reference.

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This is a paperbound edition of a 2001 book about which Book News wrote: What started as a revision of his 1979 Concise History of American Architecture became instead an entirely new book almost twice the original length. Roth (architectural history, U. of Oregon) founds his account on the struggle to find the precarious balance between the real and the ideal. He begins with a chapter on native American structures, then walks through the various periods to the end of the 20th century. The endnotes are devised to facilitate cross-referencing to his forthcoming companion . Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


A wide-ranging, substantive history of American architecture – from the pre-Columbian to the postmodern

About the Author

Leland M. Roth is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon at Eugene. He is the author of American Architecture: A History; A Concise History of American Architecture; McKim, Mead and White, Architects; and other works. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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