The Roots of Home: Our Journey to a New Old House

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Both an architectural feast and field guide for creating new old houses, "Roots of Home "traces the development of today's traditional homes from the earliest colonial styles in a visually stunning journey. Russell Versaci takes you back to the beginning, when our ancestors built homes that reflected their Old World pasts tempered with the New World realities. As they settled new territories, they carried the homes of their forefathers with them like a touchstone. They sowed farms and towns with houses similar to...

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Overview

Both an architectural feast and field guide for creating new old houses, "Roots of Home "traces the development of today's traditional homes from the earliest colonial styles in a visually stunning journey. Russell Versaci takes you back to the beginning, when our ancestors built homes that reflected their Old World pasts tempered with the New World realities. As they settled new territories, they carried the homes of their forefathers with them like a touchstone. They sowed farms and towns with houses similar to the ones they left behind, but suited to the new climates and materials surrounding them. Each old-house style showcased, though always decidedly American—New England Colonial, Pennsylvania Dutch, French Creole, Spanish Mission—represents the cumulative history of generations adapting to new places. With Russell Versaci as your guide, you will see how yesterday's houses evolved into the classic homes we love today and you will learn how to create a new old house that evokes ageless character.

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"Russell Versaci explores the cultural memory of America's classical heritage with a joyful voyage through the four national traditions that have played central roles in determining it from the colonial past to the present day. In this fascinating and infectiously adoring history lesson, he again provides an essential guide for the practitioner, client, and lover of architecture alike...ROOTS OF HOME opens architecture as a window on history, explaining how and why the styles and forms that we see and that so many still yearn to inhabit came to be in the first place. (Who knew, for example, that America's iconic log cabin originated in Scandinavia and spread across the young Republic from its advent along the Delaware River in the short-lived colony of New Sweden? It suddenly makes so much sense!) And a periodic glossary further decodes the meaning of place that informs the nation. This book brings the past to life for all readers and promises the same for all those design professionals seeking to reinterpret it for the built future ahead." — Paul Gunther, President, Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561588671
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Pages: 265
  • Sales rank: 708,986
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell Versaci has been practicing traditional architecture for two decades. His firm, Russell Versaci Architecture, is noted for creating thoughtful, carefully executed designs for period-style homes that reflect a mastery of history. His first book, "Creating a New Old House," promotes the author's "Pillars of Traditional Design," a set of principles for creating authentic traditional architecture. Versaci's designs have been featured in national magazines, including "Traditional Home, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, "and "Southern Living," as well as on Good Morning, America.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Footprints of the Past as Blueprints for the FutureTen Colonial Cradles of Home
PART 1 Our Spanish Heritage
Florida Peninsula: St. Augustine Style
Texas Borderlands: Spanish Mission Revival
Alta California: Spanish Colonial Revival
PART 2 Our French Heritage
Mississippi Valley: French Creole Cottage
Gulf Coast: French Colonial Plantation
PART 3 Our English Heritage
Chesapeake Bay: Maryland Manor House
New England: Connecticut River Valley Colonial
Carolina Low Country: Anglo-Caribbean Plantation
Carolina Low Country: Charleston Single House
PART 4 Our Continental Heritage: Free Trade, Log Cabins, and Brotherly Love
Delaware Valley: Swedish Log Cabin
Hudson Valley: Dutch Colonial Revival
Delaware Valley: Pennsylvania Dutch Farmhouse
Southwest Borderlands: Texas German Hill Country Ranch
Directory of Architects
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