A Field Guide to America's Historic Neighborhoods and Museum Houses: The Western States

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A tour of domestic
architecture in the cities and towns
of the American West

In this new, information-packed field guide, the authors of the perennially popular A Field Guide to American Houses—the book that taught us how to identify architectural styles—now show us houses well worth looking at and the neighborhoods in which we can find many of them, in 110 cities and ...
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Overview

A tour of domestic
architecture in the cities and towns
of the American West

In this new, information-packed field guide, the authors of the perennially popular A Field Guide to American Houses—the book that taught us how to identify architectural styles—now show us houses well worth looking at and the neighborhoods in which we can find many of them, in 110 cities and towns in seventeen western states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
The 172 historic neighborhoods covered contain hundreds of interesting dwellings that can be viewed, without ceremony, from the street—and almost 200 museum houses of particular architectural and/or artistic significance whose interiors can be visited.
The book is organized alphabetically by state, and by cities and towns within each state. An introduction to each city or town (together with descriptions of its neighborhoods and museum houses) explains how the area developed and how its architectural styles document its past.
There are 701 illustrations—historic and current—to instruct and entice house-lovers. The 173 maps show the location of every neighborhood and every museum house included—and point the way to the most interesting districts.
The book's introduction provides a chronological over-view of the entire West—with illustrations and maps that show the region's principal styles of pre-1940 domestic architecture. The appendix points out the geographic and design factors that have contributed to the overall character of various westernneighborhoods.
Like the McAlesters' A Field Guide to American Houses, this new book is a labor of love and a work of immense knowledge that will stand as a classic in its field: an invaluable book for people fascinated with houses, for architectural buffs, and for actual—and armchair—travelers in the American West
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The authors of the widely held A Field Guide to American Houses (LJ 8/84) and Great American Houses and Their Architectural Styles (LJ 2/1/95) weigh in with another popular reference work, likely the first in a geographic series. Sketched here in fine strokes are 172 historic neighborhoods and 200 museum homes in 110 cities, covering 17 Western states from the Dakotas to Texas to the Pacific. As with other McAlester titles, there's a lot here for the price: historic, cultural, and architectural details; essays on Western settlement patterns, surveying, and neighborhood planning; and 300 illustrations and 175 maps. State-by-state treatment varies greatly, however; California claims a third of the book, while Idaho, Nevada, the Dakotas, and Utah receive a scant 20 pages or fewer. Recommended for both academic and public reference collections across the country.--Russell T. Clement, Univ. of Tennessee Lib., Knoxville
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375701726
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/6/1998
  • Pages: 735
  • Product dimensions: 6.55 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Virginia McAlester is a graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe College and attended Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is a founding member and past president of Preservation Dallas (formerly called the Historic Preservation League, Inc.) and of Friends of Fair Park, a support group for the Fair Park National Historic Landmark in Dallas, site of the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition. She serves on the Dallas Landmark Commission and is an Adviser Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Lee McAlester, a geologist by profession, is Chairman of the Geology Department at Southern Methodist University and was formerly Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences there. He is the author of several geology textbooks as well as numerous scientific monographs and papers. He has an active interest in architectural history and has been involved in many Dallas preservation projects.

Together the McAlesters are the authors of A Field Guide to American Houses (available in Knopf paperback), Discover Dallas/Fort Worth, and Great American Houses and Their Architectural Styles. The National Trust awarded them a Preservation Honor Award for creating A Field Guide to American Houses, and they have recently received the Texas Society of Architects' Flowers Award for excellence in interpreting architecture through the media.

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