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Other titles in the Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Books series:
Homes in the Heartland: Balloon Frame Farmhouses of the Upper Midwest (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Books)by Fred W. Peterson
Synopses & Reviews
Available for the first time in paperback and with a new preface, Homes in the Heartland offers a captivating explanation of the revolutionary balloon frame house construction that swept across Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin from 1850 to 1920, enabling the settlers of the upper Midwest to build affordable permanent structures in which to establish frontier homes.
Featuring more than 150 illustrations, including photographs and house plans, Fred W. Peterson leads readers through the technical aspects of farmhouse construction and discusses the social, economic, and aesthetic values of these familiar homes. Together these narratives provide a fascinating window into the lives of the people who occupied these houses. As the American Historical Review says, “Peterson demonstrates the potential and use of architecture for the purposes of writing social history.”
Fred W. Peterson retired in 1999 from teaching art history at the University of Minnesota, Morris. He lives in Salisbury, Maryland.
Book News Annotation:
This is a paperbound reprint of the 1992 publication. Peterson (art history emeritus, U. of Minnesota) understands the reasons behind every feature of these houses, and carefully describes the ways they were built, showing how balloon framing made the most of relatively scarce and often expensive materials but created strong structures capable of surviving Midwest weather and the demands of farm life. Along with his accessible text, which details the shift from mere utility to expressions of identity and community, he provides over 150 illustrations, including fascinating photos, period prints and floor plans. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Originally published: Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 1992.
Captured in these houses is a wealth of information on life in the farmlands and rural communities of the Upper Midwest. Beautifully written. — Wisconsin Magazine of History. An engrossing account of a fundamental episode in American history, the early settlement of the prairie. In many ways the balloon frame stands as a metaphor for that episode. — New York Times Book Review.
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