A Field Guide to American Houses (Revised): The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America's Domestic Architecture

A Field Guide to American Houses (Revised): The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America's Domestic Architecture

by Virginia Savage McAlester

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A Field Guide to American Houses (Revised): The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America's Domestic Architecture by Virginia Savage McAlester

Now in paperback: the fully expanded, updated, and freshly designed second edition of the most comprehensive and widely acclaimed guide to domestic architecture: in print since its original publication in 1984, and acknowledged everywhere as the unmatched, essential guide to American houses.

This revised edition includes a section on neighborhoods; expanded and completely new categories of house styles with photos and descriptions of each; an appendix on "Approaches to Construction in the 20th and 21st Centuries"; an expanded bibliography; and 600 new photographs and line drawings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375710827
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Edition description: Expanded
Pages: 880
Sales rank: 84,830
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

VIRGINIA McALESTER, was educated at Radcliffe and attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is a founding member and past president of Preservation Dallas and also of Friends of Fair Park, the support group for a National Historic Landmark. She serves as an advisor emeritus for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She is the author of The Making of a Historic District: Swiss Avenue, Dallas, Texas, a 40-page booklet "how-to" published by the National Trust in 1975 that historic groups across the country have used as a guide in creating their historic districts. She is coauthor of The Homes of the Park Cities, Dallas: Great American Suburbs.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book
Preface
Pictorial Key and Glossary
 
LOOKING AT AMERICAN HOUSES
Style: The Fashions of American Houses
Form: The Shapes of American Houses
Structure: The Anatomy of American Houses
Neighborhoods: The Groupings of American Houses
 
FOLK HOUSES
Native American
Pre-Railroad
National
Manufactured
 
COLONIAL HOUSES (1600–1820)
Postmedieval English
Dutch Colonial
French Colonial
Spanish Colonial
Georgian
Federal
Early Classical Revival
 
ROMANTIC HOUSES (1820–1880)
Greek Revival
Gothic Revival
Italianate
Exotic Revivals
Octagon
 
VICTORIAN HOUSES (1860–1900)
Second Empire
Stick
Queen Anne
Shingle
Richardsonian Romanesque
Folk Victorian
 
ECLECTIC HOUSES (1880–1940)
 
English and Anglo-American Period Houses
Colonial Revival
Neoclassical
Tudor
 
French Period Houses
Chateauesque
Beaux Arts
French Eclectic
 
Mediterranean and Spanish Period Houses
Italian Renaissance
Mission
Spanish Revival
Monterey
Pueblo Revival
 
MODERN HOUSES (1900–present)
 
Early Modern
Prairie
Craftsman
Modernistic
 
Bankers Modern
Minimal Traditional
Ranch
Split-Level
 
Mainstream Modern
International
Contemporary
Shed
Other 20th-Century Modern
21st-Century Modern
 
STYLED HOUSES SINCE 1935
Mansard
Styled Ranch
Millennium Mansion
New Traditional
American Vernacular
 
APPENDIX
Approaches to Construction in the 20th and 21st Centuries
 
Notes
For Further Reference
Acknowledgments
About the Illustrations
Photo Credits
Index 

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A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America's Domestic Architecture 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SherHer More than 1 year ago
Whether you're an HGTV addict like me or a student of architecture, housing, real estate, or even history, this is a must have as a reference text.
CMAJORME More than 1 year ago
Superb number of pictures but no real attempt to distinguish types clearly or admit that, Except for a few classics,current houses are all mongrels.