A Field Guide to American Houses

Author: Virginia Savage McAlester
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
ISBN: 9780375710827
Release Date: 2015-11-01
Genre: Architecture

Provides in-depth descriptions and illustrations of architectural styles and features of everyday domestic dwellings across the United States.

A Field Guide to American Houses

Author: Virginia Savage McAlester
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 9780385353878
Release Date: 2015-07-29
Genre: Architecture

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. This is how the book works: Each of thirty-nine chapters focuses on a particular style (and its variants). Each begins with a large schematic drawing that highlights the style's most important identifying features. Additional drawings and photographs depict the most common shapes and the principal subtypes, allowing you to see at a glance a wide range of examples of each style. Still more drawings offer close-up views of typical small details -- windows, doors, cornices, etc. -- that might be difficult to see in full-house pictures. The accompanying text is rich in information about each style -- describing in detail its identifying features, telling you where (and in what quantity) you're likely to find examples of it, discussing all of its notable variants, and revealing its origin and tracing its history. In the book's introductory chapters you'll find invaluable general discussions of house-building materials and techniques ("Structure"), house shapes ("Form"), and the many traditions of architectural fashion ("Style") that have influenced American house design through the past three centuries. A pictorial key and glossary help lead you from simple, easily recognized architectural features -- the presence of a tile roof, for example -- to the styles in which that feature is likely to be found. This eBook edition has been optimized for screen.

A Field Guide to American Houses

Author: Virginia McAlester
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 140004359X
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Architecture

Provides in-depth descriptions and illustrations of architectural styles and features of everyday domestic dwellings across the United States.

American Houses

Author: Gerald L. Foster
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547561520
Release Date: 2004-03-09
Genre: Architecture

American Houses is a historical guide to the architecture of the American home. While other architectural field guides show only façades, this book includes floor plans, showing how the form of a house arises from its function. Photographs and drawings of exteriors illustrate the significant field marks of each style and help pinpoint the key elements that can identify a house even when it has been remodeled beyond recognition. Beautifully illustrated, clearly written, and impeccably researched, American Houses is an essential reference for anyone interested in the history of American residential architecture.

Identifying American Architecture

Author: John J. G. Blumenson
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 0761991433
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Architecture

Have you ever been intrigued by a beautiful building and wondered when it was built? Identifying American Architecture provides the answer to such questions in a concise handbook perfect for preservationists, architects, students, and tourists alike. With 214 photographs, it allows readers to associate real buildings with architectural styles, elements, and orders. Identifying American Architecture was designed to be used--carried about and kept handy for frequent reference. Every photograph is keyed to an explanatory legend pointing out characteristic features of each building's style. Trade bookstores order from W.W. Norton, NY

Building the Dream

Author: Gwendolyn Wright
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262730642
Release Date: 1983-01-01
Genre: Architecture

Examines the rich diversity of American architecture--from the frame houses of New England to condominiums in the Sunbelt--as they reflect the political, social, and economic ideologies of their times

The Abrams Guide to American House Styles

Author: William Morgan
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN: 0810949431
Release Date: 2004-11-09
Genre: Architecture

A tour of the approximately twenty styles of domestic architecture common to the United States identifies and defines each style--including Colonial, Craftsman, Modern, and Deco--providing historical summaries, sample photographs, and regional information. 20,000 first printing.

American House Styles

Author: John Milnes Baker
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393323250
Release Date: 2002-07-01
Genre: Architecture

How and where did different architectural styles develop? America has an abundance of fascinating and varied house styles, as fascinating and diverse as its people.

American Homes

Author: Lester Walker
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
ISBN: 1579129927
Release Date: 2015-03-10
Genre: Architecture

The definitive illustrated history of American house styles -- from the Dutch colonial, to the New England Salt Box, to the 1950s prefab -- the unrivaled reference and useful guide to 103 building styles pays homage to our country's housing heritage.

American Architecture

Author: Leland M. Roth
Publisher: Westview Press
ISBN: 9780813350073
Release Date: 2016-02-16
Genre: Architecture

This widely acclaimed, highly illustrated introduction to the history of American architecture is now fully revised throughout. American Architecture introduces readers to the major developments that shaped the American-built environment from the first Americans to the present, from the everyday vernacular to the high style of aspiration. Significant updates include: A new chapter on the 21st century, detailing the green architecture movement and LEED status architecture, the influence of CAD design on recent architecture, the necessity of sustainable design, the globalization of architecture and international architects, and some of the preservation issues facing architecture today. An expanded section on Native American architecture including contemporary design by Native American architects, expanded discussions on architectural education and training, more examples of women architects and designers, and a thoroughly expanded glossary to help today's readers. A revised and expanded art program, including over 640 black and white images, and a new 32-page, full-color insert featuring over 60 new color images. American Architecture describes the impact of changes in conceptual imagery, style, building technology, landscape design, vernacular construction, and town-planning theory throughout U.S. history. Eleven chronologically organized chapters chart the social, cultural, and political forces that shaped the growth and development of American towns, cities, and suburbs, while providing full description, analysis, and interpretation of buildings and their architects. Accessible and engaging, American Architecture continues to set the standard as a guide, study, and reference.

40 Days of Dating

Author: Jessica Walsh
Publisher: Abrams
ISBN: 9781613127155
Release Date: 2015-01-20
Genre: Self-Help

When New York–based graphic designers and long-time friends Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh found themselves single at the same time, they decided to try an experiment. The old adage says that it takes 40 days to change a habit—could the same be said for love? So they agreed to date each other for 40 days, record their experiences in questionnaires, photographs, videos, texts, and artworks, and post the material on a website they would create for this purpose. What began as a small experiment between two friends became an Internet sensation, drawing 5 million unique (and obsessed) visitors from around the globe to their site and their story since it was launched in July 2013. 40 Days of Dating: An Experiment is a beautifully designed, expanded look at the experiment and the results, including a great deal of material that never made it onto the site, such as who they were as friends and individuals before the 40 days and who they have become since. Note: 40 Days of Dating has a special binding that allows it to open very flat by attaching the endpapers to the inside covers.

Great American Suburbs

Author: Virginia McAlester
ISBN: 0789209764
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Architecture

This book will fascinate architects, designers, historians, preservationists, planners, suburbanites, and would-be suburbanites alike."--BOOK JACKET.

How to Read Houses

Author: Will Jones
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
ISBN: 0789327260
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Architecture

Illustrated throughout with detailed line drawings and full-color photographs, this pocket-sized field guide to domestic architecture explains the aesthetics of house forms and provides a visual vocabulary to help readers recognize house types, materials and parts in a wide range of architectural styles. Original.