A Field Guide to American Houses

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Knopf, May 12, 1984 - Architecture - 525 pages
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For the house lover and the curious tourist, for the house buyer and the weekend stroller, for neighborhood preservation groups and for all who want to know more about their community, here, at last, is a book that makes it both easy and pleasurable to identify the various styles and periods of American domestic architecture.

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User Review  - Jenny - Goodreads

I just got the updated 2014 version of this book, and it's the most fascinating thing I've read all year. I didn't even know I cared about architecture until I read this book! And I loved all of the pictures. Read full review

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User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

great book for identifying architecture. divided chronologically into stylistic periods with clear drawings of layouts; structural, decorative and design elements; distribution maps and photos of ... Read full review



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About the author (1984)

Virginia and Lee McAlester have both avocational and professional interests in architecture. Virginia, a Radcliffe graduate, attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is a founding member and past president of the Historic Preservation League, Inc. (Dallas), and for nine years was Texas Advisor and a member of the Administrative Committee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She is co-author of The Making of a Historic District: Swiss Avenue. Lee, a geologist, is a professor at Southern Methodist University and was formerly Dean of the School of Humanities. From 1960 to 1973 he was Professor of Geology at Yale University. He has an active hobby interest in architectural history and has been involved in historic preservation in New England, Georgia, and the Southwest. The McAlesters live in Dallas, Texas.

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