The American Townhouse

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Harry N. Abrams, Nov 1, 2005 - Architecture - 240 pages
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The American townhouse is one of the most popular house types in urban America. This comprehensive volume tours the reader through 25 stunning examples of townhouses and rowhouses from Boston to Brooklyn, St. Louis to San Francisco. Radek Kurzaj's striking photographs complement a fascinating text by nationally recognized historic-house expert Kevin Murphy about the townhouse as cultural phenomena, as well as the unique design peculiarities, construction records, and ownership histories of these 25. Included are some of the country's finest townhouses, including the famed Nathaniel Russell House in Charleston; Teddy Roosevelt's New York birth house; the Payne and Helen Hay Whitney House in New York; and the Glenn and Ida Moore House in Rancho Santa Fe. An important book for townhouse dwellers and a captivating read for anyone interested in the history of how we live in America, this book will be widely regarded as a primary reference on this important subject.

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The Introductory essay is a good, concise historical account of the development of the urban house within the US and how it developed through various permutations. As I was interested in historical ... Read full review


Colonial and Fedcral Mantua Makers House Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Italianate and Brownstone Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace New York City
Queen Anne and Othcr Revivals Ballantine House Newark New Jersey

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Kevin D. Murphy is Associate Professor of Art History at the City University of New York Graduate Center and Brooklyn College. He is the co-editor, with Sarah L. Giffen, of A Noble and Dignified Stream: The Piscataqua Region in the Colonial Revival, 1860-1930 (1992), which won the Ruth Emery Award for Nineteenth-Century Studies.

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