What style is it?: a guide to American architecture

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 1, 1983 - Architecture - 112 pages
"A History in Miniature of Architecture in America." American Institute of Architects How many of the architectural styles on the front cover could you identify? Unless you scored 100 percent ? and especially if you?re in the habit of labeling all old buildings either "colonial" or "Victorian" ? What Style Is It? will finally put to rest your questions about American architectural styles. As the examples here clearly show, at least two dozen major styles have shaped the buildings that surround us. (And "colonial" and "Victorian" are not really styles, as the authors explain.) But our buildings remain a mystery to many people. When was it built? Why does it look that way? What style is it? Questions such as these are answered in this award-winning guide to 300 years of American architecture. Designed for easy identification of buildings on the road or at home, What Style Is It? gives a unique overview of America?s architectural styles. Individual chapters on 22 of the most important styles provide a concise look at the history and appearance of each. "If you?re confused by the differences between Stick and Shingle, or Queen Anne and Italianate, you may need What Style Is It?, a picture-and-prose handbook [that] strips away the mysteries of architectural nomenclature." Chicago Tribune "This slim, pocket-sized guide, with its many photographs and illustrations, should be of value to anyone interested in identifying and enjoying the architectural assets of a building.? What Style Is It? concisely gives the details and design features needed to identify a building?s style." New York Times "Anyone with the quest for discovering the details behind beautiful buildings will find this book an enlightening experience." Antique Monthly "American architectural styles aren?t strictly American, and that?s where problems arise. American builders adapted Roman, Greek, Spanish, English and Continental styles to produce some often impressive, often confusing examples of architecture....The expected styles are here, of course ? Georgian, Federal, Jeffersonian, Greek Revival ? but so are a host of lesser-known but often encountered ones. [The book has] excellent photographs, careful descriptions and an easy-to-read, flowing prose style." Southern Antiques American Booksellers Association Basic Book List

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Short and plenty of images, this is a very good introduction to the american architecture. Its brevity is the good and bad side. More discussion in some buildings would be welcome, because their ... Read full review

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Poppeliers was head of the Historic American Buildings Survey.

A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, Allen Chambers has specialized in the study and preservation of historic resources in his native state and in West Virginia. Former chief historian of the Historic American Buildings Survey, Mr. Chambers now resides in Washington, D.C. as an architectural historian.

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