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Great American Houses and Their Architectural Styles - Virginia McAlester

Great American Houses and Their Architectural Styles

Hardcover Published: 1st October 1994
ISBN: 9781558597501
Number Of Pages: 348

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A sumptuously illustrated, authoritative introduction to the principal architectural and decorating styles of the American house, from Colonial times to the mid-twentieth century.

In this lavishly produced volume, authors Virginia and Lee McAlester explore outstanding landmark houses that exemplify Americas major architectural and interior design styles from Colonial times to the mid-twentieth century. These twenty-five houses are illustrated with more than 350 specially commissioned full-color photographs of interior and exterior views, 125 black-and-white line drawings and floor plans, historical paintings, and vintage photographs.

The text not only discusses the houses architectural innovations and design elements but also profiles the architects and their clients. The featured houses were built by many of the countrys leading architects — from Alexander Jackson Davis, Richard Morris Hunt, Henry Hobson Richardson, and McKim, Mead and White to Frank Lloyd Wright, the Greene brothers, and Walter Gropius — and owned by some of its most celebrated citizens, including Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, Jay Gould, the Guggenheims, the Phippses, and the Vanderbilts. As a result, the book is as much a cultural history as it is an architectural study. The authors also include an informative discussion of each style as it can be seen in vernacular versions around the country.

Located all over the United States, most of the featured houses are open to the public, and the book provides their addresses and other helpful information for visitors. Great American Houses and Their Architectural Styles will be irresistible to all house lovers, architects, and designers, and will give readers a deeper understanding and appreciation of our rich architectural heritage.

400 illustrations, 370 in full color, 125 line drawings

About the Authors

Virginia and Lee McAlester, authors of the classic architectural work A Field Guide to American Houses, live in Dallas. Alex McLean is the photographer of Private New York and Private Palm Beach. He lives in New York and his work appears in the New York Times, Metropolitan Home, Mirabella, and Vanity Fair.

Industry Reviews

-- A Book-of-the-Month Selection "Architecture buffs and decorators will enjoy visiting these 25 noteworthy American houses, selected partly because they are open to the public. What at first glance appears to be a coffee-table title turns out to be a useful guide to the various architectural styles of the American home..." - Library Journal

Table of Contents from: Great American Houses and Their Architectural Styles Preface Colonial Houses Iron Works House: Saugus, Massachusetts; First-Period English Style Lee House: Marblehead, Massachusetts; Georgian Style Russell House: Charleston, South Carolina; Federal Style Monticello: Charlottesville, Virginia; Early Classical Revival Style Parlange: New Roads, Louisiana; French Colonial Style Spanish Governors Palace: San Antonio, Texas; Spanish Colonial Style Romantic Houses Melrose: Natchez, Mississippi; Greek Revival Style Lyndhurst: Tarrytown, New York; Gothic Revival Style Morse-Libby House: Portland, Maine; Italianate Style Victorian Houses Chateau-sur-Mer: Newport, Rhode Island; Second Empire Style Mark Twain House: Hartford, Connecticut; Stick Style Glenmont: West Orange, New Jersey; Queen Anne Style Naumkeag: Stockbridge, Massachusetts; Shingle Style Glessner House: Chicago, Illinois; Richardsonian Romanesque Style Eclectic Houses Westbury House: Old Westbury, Long Island, New York; Colonial Revival Style Whitehall: Palm Beach, Florida; Neoclassical Style Stan Hywet Hall: Akron, Ohio: Tudor Style Biltmore: Asheville, North Carolina: Chateauesque Style Vanderbilt House: Hyde Park, New York: Beaux Arts Style Falaise: Sands Point, Long Island, New York: French Eclectic Style Vizcaya: Miami, Florida; Italian Renaissance Style Casa del Herrero: Santa Barbara, California; Spanish Eclectic Style Dana-Thomas House: Springfield, Illinois; Prairie Style Gamble House: Pasadena, California; Craftsman Style Gropius House: Lincoln, Massachusetts; International Style Visiting the Houses Bibliography Acknowledgments Index

ISBN: 9781558597501
ISBN-10: 1558597506
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 1st October 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 22.9  x 4.06
Weight (kg): 2.22