The Mediterranean House in America

The Mediterranean House in America

by Lauren Weiss Bricker
     
 

Inspired by the romance of Italian villas, Spanish farmhouses, and Moorish courtyards, the Mediterranean Revival style became an archetype for sophisticated suburban homes throughout America in the early 20th century. The characteristic white stucco house, roofed with terra-cotta and ornamented with ironwork, decorative tiles, and fountains, remains the dominant

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Overview

Inspired by the romance of Italian villas, Spanish farmhouses, and Moorish courtyards, the Mediterranean Revival style became an archetype for sophisticated suburban homes throughout America in the early 20th century. The characteristic white stucco house, roofed with terra-cotta and ornamented with ironwork, decorative tiles, and fountains, remains the dominant style for new residences in California, the Southwest, and Florida.

The Mediterranean house’s longevity is rooted in an overall simplicity and an emphasis on the outdoors. Its central courtyard, terraces, and loggias provide a fluidity between interiors and exteriors equally prized by the architects of ancient Pompeii and groundbreaking modernists.

 

The Mediterranean House in America provides the first comprehensive survey of this popular style, beautifully illustrated in full-color photographs by Juergen Nogai, archival photos, and drawings. 

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Library Journal

Bricker (architecture, California State Polytechnic, Pomona) here furnishes a comprehensive history of the Mediterranean Revival house style by analyzing 25 significant, professionally designed examples from California, Texas, Florida, and New York and explaining how the style has been adapted from the early 20th century to today.


—Gayle A. Williamson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810972858
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
09/17/2008
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
888,553
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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