American Townhouse

Overview

The American Townhouse is one of the most popular house types in urban America. This comprehensive volume takes the reader on a tour through twenty-five stunning examples of townhouses and rowhouses from Boston to Brooklyn and St. Louis to San Francisco. Radek Kurjaz's striking photographs complement a fascinating text by nationally recognized historic-house expert Kevin Murphy about the townhouse as a cultural phenomena, as well as the unique design peculiarities, construction records, and ownership histories of...

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Overview

The American Townhouse is one of the most popular house types in urban America. This comprehensive volume takes the reader on a tour through twenty-five stunning examples of townhouses and rowhouses from Boston to Brooklyn and St. Louis to San Francisco. Radek Kurjaz's striking photographs complement a fascinating text by nationally recognized historic-house expert Kevin Murphy about the townhouse as a cultural phenomena, as well as the unique design peculiarities, construction records, and ownership histories of these twenty-five homes. Features in these pages are some of the country's finest townhouses, including the famed Nathaniel Russell House in Charleston; Teddy Roosevelt's New York birth house; the Payne and Helen Hay Whitney House in New York; and the Glenn and Ida Moore House in Rancho Santa Fe. An important book for townhouse dwellers and a captivating read for anyone interested in the history of how we live in America, this book will be widely regarded as a primary reference on this important subject.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810959156
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 837,962
  • Product dimensions: 9.87 (w) x 11.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin D. Murphy has been researching and writing about nineteenth- and twentieth-century architecture for more than twenty years. He earned his PhD in architectural history at Northwestern University. and has worked extensively in his native New England with redevelopers of rowhouses, particularly in Boston's South End. He taught architectural history in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia for six years and is currently Associate Professor of Art History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and Brooklyn College. Murphy is the author of several books and his essays have appeared in numerous scholarly publications.
 
Radek Kurzaj's architectural photography has appeared in numerous international magazines and has been the basis of several books, including Living Large in Small Spaces: Expressing Personal Style in 100 to 1,000 Square Feet, American Country Churches, Treehouses of the World, and The Abrams Guide to American House Styles. Kurzaj resides in Szczecin, Poland, and New York City.

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