Bricks and brownstone: the New York row house, 1783-1929

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Rizzoli, 2003 - Architecture - 303 pages
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Bricks and Brownstone: The New York Rowhouse 1783–1929 was first published in 1972, and remains the only book ever written on the New York row house. It has been met with impressive critical praise ever since and Rizzoli is proud to publish this revised and updated edition as the introductory volume in the new Rizzoli Classics program, dedicated to keeping in print important architecture titles.

Charles Lockwood looks at different architecture styles of the New York row house. The book is comprehensive, examining the history of New York's changing neighborhoods and the history of the various row house architectural styles--the Federal, Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, and Second Empire, as well as the eclectic but picturesque styles of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The text and illustrations also delve into the architectural details, paying meticulous attention to all features, including doorways, glass, mantels, staircases, ceiling ornaments, and ironwork.

Twenty years later, this edition is updated to include specially commissioned new color photographs of interiors and exteriors of some of New York's most impressive homes. Also included is Best of the Brownstones Walking Tours, carefully detailed and illustrated with color photographs.

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Bricks and brownstone: the New York row house, 1783-1929

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Lockwood's beautiful 1972 history of the swanky brownstones and single-family row houses that graced Manhattan and Brooklyn is the first in the publisher's new "Classics" series, which will bring ... Read full review

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I couldn't get enough of this book. . . too bad I only borrowed it from the library! I'll have to keep my eyes open for a used copy somewhere. If you are interested in architecture and New York City history, this is your book. Read full review


Chapter One Federal Style 1
Chapter Two Greek Revival Style 55

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About the author (2003)

Charles Lockwood has written extensively on the subjects of architecture and cities. He has published many books, including Manhattan Moves Uptown, Greenwich Village: An Illustrated Guide, and Hollywood at Home. He has also written for the New York Times, New York Magazine, and the Christian Science Monitor. He lives in California.