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null A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America's Domestic Architecture

A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America's Domestic Architecture

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For the house lover and the curious tourist, for the house buyer and the weekend stroller, for neighborhood preservation groups and for all who want to know more about their community here, at last, is a book that makes it both easy and pleasurable to identify the various styles and periods of American domestic architecture. Concentrating not on rare landmarks but on typical dwellings in ordinary neighborhoods all across the United States houses built over the past three hundred years and lived in by Americans of every social and economic background the book provides you with the facts (and frame of reference) that will enable you to look in a fresh way at the houses you constantly see around you. It tells you and shows you in more than 1,200 illustrations what you need to know in order to be able to recognize the several distinct architectural styles and to understand their historical significance. What does that cornice mean. Or that porch. That door. When was this house built. What does its style say about the people who built it. You'll find the answers to such questions here.

  • Architecture
  • Buildings
  • History
  • 848 pages

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Hardcover
Home improvement topic
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9781400043590
Publisher
Knopf Publishing Group
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90-Day

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