The Abrams Guide to American House Styles

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Harry N. Abrams, Nov 9, 2004 - Architecture - 424 pages
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What are the unique characteristics that make a house Colonial or Craftsman, Modern or Deco, or any of the other approximately 20 styles of domestic architecture common in the United States? At a time of near-obsessive attention to home design and renovation, this compact, easily accessible guide, the only book of its kind with all color photography, makes the identification of house styles a breeze. Each style is described by author William Morgan, a Pulitzer Prizenominated architectural historian, in a short historical summary, alongside a list of its distinguishing features. Multiple examples of each house style are provided, the book includes 350 houses from more than 40 states, so the reader can see the region-specific variations. Complementing the beautiful color photographs is a selection of line drawings highlighting each style's key attributes.
Both at the desk and in the field, for a wide audience of discerning house hunters, homeowners, and realtors; architects, builders, and students; and the ever-increasing public with a seemingly insatiable curiosity about residential design, this elegant, informative, portable volume will be an invaluable resource for years to come.

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Morgan presents a sort of dummy's guide to American architecture, dressed up in a pretty hardcover with copious color photographs and minimal, elegant descriptions. Househunters, homeowners, realtors ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

William Morgan has taught at Princeton University, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Louisville. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, and he is the author of "Abrams' American Country Churches. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Radek Kurzaj is a travel and architecture photographer based in Sczecin, Poland, and New York City. His books include Abrams' "Living Large in Small Spaces, American Country Churches, and "Treehouses of the World.

The architectural photography of Radek Kurzaj has appeared in numerous international magazines and has been the basis of several books, including "The Ranch House" and "The Abrams Guide to American House Styles". He divides his time between Poland and New York City.

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