American Houses

American Houses

A Field Guide to the Architecture of the Home

Book - 2004
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American Houses is not only an innovative guide to the styles of American domestic architecture, from native American and early Colonial structures to Beaux Arts and postmodern residences, it also explains the cultural, geographical, and historical origins of each style. Gerald Foster pinpoints the key elements that serve to identify a building even when it has been remodeled almost beyond recognition. And while other architectural field guides show only faades, American Houses includes floor plans, showing how the form of a house arises from its function, as well as photographs and drawings of the exterior. Beautifully illustrated and clearly written, this is an essential reference for anyone interested in the history of American residential architecture.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2004
ISBN: 9780395840054
Characteristics: xvi, 400 p. : ill. (some col.), plans ; 23 cm

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Jul 05, 2011

Very in-depth look at different types of architecture in the U.S. It really is like a bird "field guide" as the title implies. Contains basic floorplans for each type of house.


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