This exquisite documentation of the architectural creativity that transformed the country after the Civil War reproduces fascinating and historically important photographs and plans for a total of 97 buildings — 93 houses and 4 casinos — built during the 1880s. Adds a new, thoroughly accurate text by Arnold Lewis. Approximately 200 illustrations.
Reproduces all of Sheldon's fascinating and historically important photographs and plans for a total of 97 buildings (93 houses and 4 casinos) built during the 1880s. Approximately 200 illustrations.
Teresa Kirk, August 28, 2006 (view all comments by Teresa Kirk)
These houses represent some of the most stunning mansions of the late 19th century. Most of these buildings were built in the northeastern United States. Each plate is accompanied by both Lewis' comments and by a first floor plan.
The houses themselves represent many of the popular styles of the era: Tudor, "Shingle," Queen Anne, Chateauesque, Richardsonian Romanesque, Colonial Revival, and Exotic Revival. The crisp photography captures a wealth of beautiful details: covered verandas, stone arches, classical pillars, towers, pinnacles, parapets, half-timbering, castellations, fanciful dormers, and intricate decorative flourishes.
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