American Townhouse

American Townhouse


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American Townhouse by Kevin Murphy

For this authoritative survey, architecture historian Murphy (City U. of New York and Brooklyn College) defines "townhouses" more broadly than current real estate practice; he includes houses that are attached to their neighbors as well as those that are "freestanding but built close to the street and in rows of similarly scaled buildings" (rowhouses are a subgroup). His introductory essay surveys their history and cultural context and identifies architects, trends, and influences. The heart of the book comprises thorough visual and narrative profiles of 25 houses, grouped by style: colonial and federal, Greek revival, Italianate and brownstone, and Queen Anne and other revivals. Abundant full-page color photos (by Radek Kurzaj) showcase interiors and exteriors in an oversize format (10x12"). Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810959156
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 9.87(w) x 11.75(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About 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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