Design and Plan in the Country House: From Castle Donjons to Palladian Boxes

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Yale University Press, 2008 - Architecture - 338 pages
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The way a man thinks about his day-to-day living and the needs of his household reveals a great deal about his ambitions, his idea of himself, and his role in the community. And his house or castle offers many clues to his habits as well as those of the members of his household. This intriguing book explores the evolution of country house plans throughout Britain and Ireland, from medieval times to the eighteenth century. With photographs and detailed architectural plans of each of the 180 houses under discussion, the book presents a whole range of new insights into how these homes were designed and what their varied plans tell us about the lives of their residents. Starting with fortified medieval tower houses, the book traces patterns that developed and sometimes repeated in country house design over the centuries. It discusses who slept in the bedchambers, where food was prepared, how rooms were arranged for official and private activities, what towers signified, and more. Groundbreaking in its depth, the volume offers a rare tour of country houses for scholar and general reader alike.
  

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Contents

BUILDING HIGH
5
On Materials and Structures
73
EXPERIMENTATION AND PRAGMATIC DOUBLING
79
John Thorpe and Renaissance Ideas
125
SOCIAL LIFE AND FAMILY LIFE
135
Style and Symmetry
189
SQUARES AND ACCESS PLANS
197
A Formulation Inigo Jones and Roger Pratt
221
THE EIGHTEENTHCENTURY STASIS 289 B4ETW27J9EN
289
Notes
293
Bibliography
323
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Andor Gomme is Emeritus Professor of English Literature and Architectural History, Keele University.

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