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The Architecture of the Classical Interior (The Classical America Series in Art and Architecture)

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The principles of classical architecture applied to the design of interiors, both residential and public.
A practicing architect shows how the elements that constitute the classical interior-wall and ceiling treatments, doors and windows, fireplaces, and stairs-can be composed into rooms satisfying both aesthetic and practical criteria. Historic and contemporary examples illustrate both generic and specific ...
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Overview

The principles of classical architecture applied to the design of interiors, both residential and public.
A practicing architect shows how the elements that constitute the classical interior-wall and ceiling treatments, doors and windows, fireplaces, and stairs-can be composed into rooms satisfying both aesthetic and practical criteria. Historic and contemporary examples illustrate both generic and specific solutions for designers working in the classical tradition today.
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Editorial Reviews

New Urban News
“Comprehensive and crystal clear.”
Shelter Interiors
“Author Steven Semes provides a comprehensive study of the architectural conception and treatment of rooms designed in the classical tradition. . . . Semes' hearty text strives to give readers a keen appreciation for the variety of the classical interior. . . . [R]eading The Architecture of the Classical Interior is the armchair equivalent to taking a master class in design.”
New England Antiques Journal
“A practicing architect shows how the elements that constitute the classical interior can be composed into rooms satisfying both aesthetic and practical criteria.”
Period Homes
“Should remain on the shelves of bookstores and personal libraries for as long as the art of gracious living remains. . . . He has gathered together a great deal of widely scattered information and assembled it all into one slender, graceful and elegant volume. The organization of the book is lucid and useful. . . . his book offers a useful index, an extensive bibliography and an equally extensive reading list. . . It was indeed Semes' good fortune to be granted the opportunity to write an unprecedented book on an important subject.”
D.V. Marcantonio - American Arts Quarterly
“[A] seminal book and will most certainly serve as a springboard to even greater vigor in the growth of the knowledge and practice of traditional architecture, both from the standpoint of sheer volume and from the more significant standpoint of quality.”
Period House
“Exploring the rich array of expressions, styles, materials and treatments that have come to define classical interiors, this book reveals an architectural model that is not limited in its artistic possibilities but rather free to assume any numbers of its identities. Each chapter is dedicated to a particular principle of the classical interior exploring themes that have shaped it throughout history. Illustrated with photographs, original drawings and plans of historic interiors, uncovering a rich language unique to classical design.”
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Meet the Author

Steven W. Semes is Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture and Academic Director of its Rome Studies Program. A practicing architect for over thirty years, he has designed a wide variety of projects for preservation and new construction throughout the United States. He is also the author of The Architecture of the Classical Interior (Norton) and a contributor to The Elements of Classical Architecture (Norton). His essays and reviews have appeared in the National Trust Forum Journal, Traditional Building, Period Homes, and American Arts Quarterly. He is a Fellow Emeritus of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America.
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Table of Contents

1 Classical architecture 7
2 Space 16
3 Structure 22
4 The orders 32
5 Elements 42
6 Composition 47
7 Proportion 53
8 Ornament 65
9 Decoration 75
10 Light and color 83
11 Character 88
12 Taste and style 91
13 The classical tradition 96
14 Ceilings 105
15 Wall treatments I : the orders 112
16 Moldings 118
17 Wall treatments II : paneling, painting, and fabric 126
18 Floors 134
19 Doors and windows 138
20 Fireplaces 149
21 Stairs 157
22 Architectural casework 164
23 Making a room 170
24 Putting rooms together 173
Appendix : the literature of the classical interior 179
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