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Sea Captains' Houses and Rose-Covered Cottages: The Architectural Heritage of Nantucket Island
     

Sea Captains' Houses and Rose-Covered Cottages: The Architectural Heritage of Nantucket Island

by Margaret Moore Booker, Rose Gonnella, Patricia Egan Butler
 
Nantucket Island is home to one of the largest and most important collections of historic buildings in the United States. More than 800 preserved structures represent the character and charm of the island and its people.

In the tradition of Universe's successful Cottages by the Sea, this book beautifully represents the historic legacy in great depth and

Overview

Nantucket Island is home to one of the largest and most important collections of historic buildings in the United States. More than 800 preserved structures represent the character and charm of the island and its people.

In the tradition of Universe's successful Cottages by the Sea, this book beautifully represents the historic legacy in great depth and captures the fantasy of owning a home on Nantucket Island. Written by Nantucket's foremost architectural historians, the book draws upon primary sources, diaries, oral histories, and archived photographs to examine the rich architectural heritage of this designated national treasure. With striking new photography, delicate line illustrations of architectural details, and engaging stories, Sea Captains' Houses is a definitive study of the homes that have come to characterize this charming and culturally rich island, making this book required reading for every proud Nantucket homowner and a much wider audience of visitors who flock to the island each summer.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
The innate and seemingly infallible wisdom of American vernacular construction in the 18th and 19th centuries is underscored on every page of this informative but cautionary survey of building traditions on Nantucket. — Martin Filler
Library Journal
The marketing of the nostalgia and quaintness of scenic places through the thin gauze of historic appreciation and preservation brings out cautious skepticism in seasoned library selectors. At its worst, the genre supports monographic versions of the burgeoning industry of flashy wish-you-were-there magazines that feed the fantasies of aspiring travelers and second-home owners. These two works are clearly above average, though for libraries their value may be limited to regional and comprehensive vernacular architectural collections. Sea-Captains' Houses is a well-researched visual tour of 40 Nantucket residences, from timber-framed 18th-century lean-to houses to weathered shingle cottages, resplendent Victorians, and 20th-century revivalist designs. The authors, all closely tied to the island, draw on primary and historic sources and photos to blend local lore with their rabid passion for Nantucket. Beyond historic notes and details are fascinating sections on vestiges of shipbuilding techniques (such as the presence of ships' knees in house frames, rope handrails, and quarterboards) and the island's architectural transformation from fishing to the vacation industry. The photos are uniformly excellent. Although a less polished publication, Windmills of New England has many fine attributes. Lombardo (an LJ reviewer formerly with Jones Lib., Amherst) presents the history and romance of New England windmills informally and anecdotally. Except for a small color-plates section, the black-and-white photos are mostly by the author. Lombardo's quixotic quest covers how windmills work, types and functions, surviving and lost examples, modern reproductions, whirligigs, windmill lore and owners, wind power technologies, and windmills in literature, music, poetry and film. Appendixes include recommended windmill day trips, windmill sayings ("daily grind," "fair to middling," "grist for one's mill," etc.), a glossary, and lists of organizations and web sites. Obviously, this is the last and latest word for windmill enthusiasts, wherever located; the Nantucket book will work best in area collections.-Russell T. Clement, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789308801
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
09/08/2003
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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