A Field Guide to American Houses

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Knopf, 1984 - Architecture - 525 pages
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The guide that enables you to identify, and place in their historic and architectural contexts, the houses you see in your neighborhood or in your travels across America. 17th century to the present.

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User Review  - Larry - Goodreads

For anyone interested in architecture, this is an amazing reference book. It covers everything from American Indian huts and teepees to the McMansions of the recent past (and future?). It's all here ... Read full review

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User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

After house hunting last year, I was excited to learn more about the architectural styles of all the houses we toured. This book is great to read or just to flip through and day dream. It even includes many photos of loal Kansas City homes. 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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