Stone Houses: Traditional Homes of R. Brognard Okie

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Essential Colonial Revival–style stone houses in bucolic settings—on hillsides, beside streams—and their inviting interiors, by the architect who popularized the beloved form. Stone Houses showcases a beloved kind of home that many of us aspire to own and live in—a place of warmth and security, of charm and romance. The stone house speaks to a very basic dream of stability and comfort, and the houses featured here represent the epitome of this dream. Built in traditional styles with artful construction and ...

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Overview

Essential Colonial Revival–style stone houses in bucolic settings—on hillsides, beside streams—and their inviting interiors, by the architect who popularized the beloved form. Stone Houses showcases a beloved kind of home that many of us aspire to own and live in—a place of warmth and security, of charm and romance. The stone house speaks to a very basic dream of stability and comfort, and the houses featured here represent the epitome of this dream. Built in traditional styles with artful construction and considered design between 1904 and 1943, these gems display the hallmarks we associate with the stone house, here polished and beautifully presented: deep fireplaces, thick beamed ceilings, wide plank floors, and country kitchens. Focusing on the work of the eminent architect R. Brognard Okie, who is credited with having greatly contributed to a popular appreciation and understanding of early American domestic architecture and who has had a lasting impact on American residential design, this book will both enchant the reader and serve as an unprecedented resource.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/02/2013
One of Richardson Brognard Okie’s first design projects was his father’s home, Burnswark, in Berywyn, Pa. Destroyed by fire in 1899, just as Okie was starting his architectural career, “Burnswark... is an early work of a master showing themes that would be more developed over the next few years… vernacular expressions of the local architectural precedents, and his manipulation of geometric solids and scale.” House by house, Garrison addresses each of these themes in turn: the influence of history in Okie’s work, his originality within the context of colonial revival style, and the importance of both comfort and graciousness in Okie’s vision. The book assumes knowledge of architectural history and terminology, and of the region and its architecture—a map and glossary might have made it more broadly accessible. Yet it has plenty of appeal for the Okie fan. The book is full of beautiful photographs and the stories behind the stones: how a family recreated a demolished Okie house with the help of a team of Okie enthusiasts; how one man’s account of the construction of his Okie home inspired a Cary Grant and Myrna Loy movie. (Oct.)
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“…plenty of appeal for the Okie fan. The book is full of beautiful photographs and the stories behind the stones…” ~Publishers Weekly

Stone Houses combines luxurious photography with author James B. Garrison’s thoughtful prose to convey the timeless quality of Okie’s buildings.” ~Preservation Nation Blog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847840786
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 413,110
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

James B. Garrison is an architect and author whose books include Houses of Philadelphia and Mastering Tradition: The Residential Architecture of John Russell Pope. John D. Milner is an architect whose firm specializes in the restoration of historic buildings and the design of houses inspired by the architectural traditions of the past. Geoffrey Gross is a widely published photographer whose work has appeared in Art & Antiques, The New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere, and in books including Tomorrow’s Houses, Old Homes of New England, and Great Houses of New England.

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

    Lots of Memories

    I grew up in one of the houses featured in this book, but that was an unexpected bonus. As a native of the Philadelphia area, I have always admired Okie's work and thus jumped at the chance to acquire a book devoted to it.

    The book has many nice pictures and a lot of interesting historical information. It is marred only by some incorrect facts, though, to be fair, those would only be noticed by someone very familiar with one of the houses under discussion.

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