"This is a pioneering study of an important chapter in American architectural history that has hitherto been almost entirely neglected. Years of meticulous research and on-the-spot investigation have resulted in a comprehensive description of the structural nature of the balloon frame house, its innovative features, and its wide appeal to farmers and other settlers who had outgrown their original primitive houses. Although Peterson limits his investigation to the upper midwest, it is clear that he recognizes the almost universal popularity of the balloon frame and its influence on other types of building. The effect of this book will be a radical and much needed re-writing of much vernacular architectural literature and theory."John Brinckerhoff Jackson, author of Discovering the Vernacular Landscape
Author Biography: Fred Peterson is professor of art history at the University of Minnesota, Morris. He is the author of scholarly articles, exhibition catalogues, and conference papers. His research on balloon frame farmhouses led him to every agricultural area in the Upper Midwest as well as to points of origin in Europe from which immigrant farm families translated a rich ethnic heritage to America.