Unabridged (2001) republication of the edition published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1922, Chronological chart. Notes. Index. 219 black-and-white illustrations. xx + 314pp. 8-1/8 x 11. Paperbound. ISBN 0-486-41705-0.
Early American domestic architecture has long been prized not only as an invaluable part of our national heritage but also for its artistic merit. From the simple homes of the colonial New England and the Georgian period, to the classicism of the early Republic, it encompasses a wide variety of styles, tastes, and local innovations.
This distinguished work, a pioneer book in the field, presents a detailed, comprehensive history of the evolution of American domestic architecture from 1620 to 1825 in all the states once ruled by England. The author, a noted authority on the topic, based his study on a examination of nearly 200 early homes, all carefully documented as to date of construction and original form. Profusely illustrated with 219 photographs, floor plans, drawings, and elevations, this book provides a wealth of fascinating and informative data on every aspect of colonial architecture.
Included are thorough discussions of early shelters at Jamestown and Plymouth, prerevolutionary homes, the diffusion of academic architectural forms throughout the 18th century, and the rise of an independent, American architectural style — the classic — in the first half of the 19th century. In addition, the author provides detailed data on structural features, floor plans, building materials, facades, interiors, and decorative motifs for countless homes and public buildings, among them the Hancock and Hutchinson houses in Boston, Jefferson's Monticello in Virginia, and the Octagon House in Washington.
Authoritative and scholarly, yet highly readable, this eminent work will be warmly received by architects, antiquarians, historians, and general readers interested in this important era of American architecture.
Photo: courtesy National Park Service, Longfellow National Historic Site. Cover design by Jeff A. Menges.
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