Modern American House: Spaciousness and Middle Class Identity

Modern American House: Spaciousness and Middle Class Identity

by Sandy Isenstadt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521770130

ISBN-13: 9780521770132

Pub. Date: 04/30/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Sandy Isenstadt examines how architects, interior designers, and landscape designers worked to enhance spatial perception in middle class houses visually. The desire for spaciousness reached its highest pitch where it was most lacking, in the small, single-family houses that came to be the cornerstone of middle class life in the nineteenth century. In direct

Overview

Sandy Isenstadt examines how architects, interior designers, and landscape designers worked to enhance spatial perception in middle class houses visually. The desire for spaciousness reached its highest pitch where it was most lacking, in the small, single-family houses that came to be the cornerstone of middle class life in the nineteenth century. In direct conflict with actual dimensions, spaciousness was linked to a tension unique to the middle class - between spatial aspirations and financial limitations. Although rarely addressed in a sustained fashion by theorists, practitioners, or the inhabitants of houses themselves, Isenstadt argues that spaciousness was central to the development of modern American domestic architecture, with explicit strategies for perceiving space being pivotal to modern house design. Through professional endorsement, concern for visual space found its way into discussion of real estate and law.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521770132
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2006
Series:
Modern Architecture and Cultural Identity Series
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: spaciousness, history of a visual effect; 1. The small house era; 2. The production of spaciousness; 3. Spacious interiors; 4. Looking at landscapes; 5. Glass horizons; 6. 'The view it frames': a history of the picture window; 7. Cultivated vistas; 8. The ruler and the eye: the compensations of spaciousness; 9. Conclusion: this excellent dumb discourse.

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