American Houses: A Field Guide to the Architecture of the Home

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mar 9, 2004 - Architecture - 416 pages
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American Houses is a historical guide to the architecture of the American home. While other architectural field guides show only fašades, this book includes floor plans, showing how the form of a house arises from its function. Photographs and drawings of exteriors illustrate the significant field marks of each style and help pinpoint the key elements that can identify a house even when it has been remodeled beyond recognition. Beautifully illustrated, clearly written, and impeccably researched, American Houses is an essential reference for anyone interested in the history of American residential architecture.
  

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Review: American Houses: A Field Guide to the Architecture of the Home

User Review  - Tristan Bridges - Goodreads

Amazing history of American architecture and how it evolved. Tara got me this for fathers' day and it's an incredible book. Foster not only discusses what the facades of homes looked like, but also ... Read full review

Review: American Houses: A Field Guide to the Architecture of the Home

User Review  - Marie - Goodreads

Back in the day, I read this at the library and I just want to own it someday (unfortunately, unlikely to be soon). Read full review

Contents

The New England Hearth
5
The Hudson River Valley Hearth
37
The MidAtlantic Hearth and the Upland South
55
LEE
64
The Chesapeake Bay Tidewater Hearth
81
Andrea Palladio
126
The Southern Tidewater Hearth
131
The French Mississippi Hearth
163
The Early Classical Revival
219
Early Victorian Styles
237
Late Victorian Styles
259
The Academic Revivals
291
Extreme Academic Architecture
307
Southwestern and California Styles
323
Indigenous Styles and the Bungalow
339
Modern Trends
355

The New Orleans Urban House 17881850
186
The Spanish Colonial Hearths
197
Commanding officers quarters Fort Union MAIc 1870
205
Recommended Reading
390
Photo Credits
393
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Formerly vice president and partner of the Architects Collaborative, the famous firm founded by Walter Gropius, Gerald Foster has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Boston Architectural Center as well as the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited at the DeCordova Museum and at various galleries. His books include A Field Guide to Airplanes, A Field Guide to Trains, and American Houses: A Field Guide.

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