Rancho Deluxe: Rustic Dreams and Real Western Living

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Stone fireplaces, rustic wooden beams, Navajo blankets draped over leather sofas—the charming architecture and interiors so beloved from western movies and TV shows distinguish the beautiful homes in Rancho Deluxe. From rugged adobe structures to the rustic glamour of a little known Hearst ranch (designed by Julia Morgan) to a contemporary house that rises out of its red cliff surroundings, Rancho Deluxe takes the "home on the range" to inspired new heights. Alan Weintraubs beautiful photographs and Alan Hess's ...

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Overview

Stone fireplaces, rustic wooden beams, Navajo blankets draped over leather sofas—the charming architecture and interiors so beloved from western movies and TV shows distinguish the beautiful homes in Rancho Deluxe. From rugged adobe structures to the rustic glamour of a little known Hearst ranch (designed by Julia Morgan) to a contemporary house that rises out of its red cliff surroundings, Rancho Deluxe takes the "home on the range" to inspired new heights. Alan Weintraubs beautiful photographs and Alan Hess's insightful text combine for a detailed and elegant portrayal of the ranch house, the definitive home of the American West whose ruggedly comfortable style has been imitated all over the world. Featuring extensive architectural and interior details, plus historical sources, Rancho Deluxe is the essential guide to living in style, the Western way.

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New York Times Book Review
This is a lovingly written tribute to working ranches and their simulacra from the 1840's to the present….The prose is evocative and accessible, rich with anecdotes about original owners who hung their wagon-wheel chandeliers with old spurs….the book is a purely pleasurable ride into them thar hills.
Library Journal
The evolution of the ranch house from "simple, functional architecture...to an opulent, vivid style" is examined here. Ranch houses in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas show the utilitarian styles of "real" cowboys from the late 19th century, which soon evolved, with the help of movies, radio, and books, into the opulent, Western- and Spanish-influenced style epitomized by the homes of "rich" cowboys such as King Gillette and the Dohenys and "media" cowboys such as Will Rogers and Hopalong Cassidy. The beautifully photographed interiors show a highly stylized, romanticized Western/ranch/cowboy way of living, a "vernacular" style that became the basis of tract housing from Levittown to California's San Fernando Valley. An excellent purchase for Western history and entertainment collections as well as professional and large interior design collections. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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  • ISBN-13: 9780811824200
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Hess is architecture critic of the San Jose Mercury News and the author of numerous books, including Palm Springs Weekend (0-8118-2804-2) and Rancho Deluxe (0-8118-2420-9). He divides his time between Northern California and Michigan.

Alan Weintraub has published his photographs in numerous architectural and design publications.

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