Synopses & Reviews
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 Prizenominated 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.
Now in paperback, this authoritative book on house styles explains the unique characteristics that make a house colonial or craftsman, Modern or Deco, and any of the other approximately twenty 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 guidethe only book of its kind with all-color photographymakes the identification of house styles a breeze. Multiple examples of each house style are providedthe book includes 350 houses from more than forty statesso the reader can see region-specific variations.
Complementing the beautiful color photographs is a selection of line drawings highlighting each styles key attributes. Beautifully illustrated and impeccably researched, this portable volume is a perfect companion for discerning house hunters and homeowners, realtors, design and construction students, and professionals. For anyone interested in architecture, The Abrams Guide to American House Styles is ideal for use at the desk and in the field.
About the Author
William Morgan is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated architectural historian, and has taught at Princeton University, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Louisville. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, and he is the author of Abrams American Country Churches
Radek Kurzaj is a travel and architecture photographer based in Poland and New York City. His books include Abrams Living Large in Small Spaces and Treehouses of the World