The Abrams Guide to American House Styles

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9780810972308: The Abrams Guide to American House Styles

Now in paperback, this authoritative book on house styles explains the unique characteristics that make a house colonial or craftsman, Modern or Deco, and any of the other approximately twenty styles of domestic architecture common in the United States. At a time of near obsessive attention to home design and renovation, this compact, easily accessible guide—the only book of its kind with all-color photography—makes the identification of house styles a breeze. Multiple examples of each house style are provided—the book includes 350 houses from more than forty states—so the reader can see region-specific variations.

Complementing the beautiful color photographs is a selection of line drawings highlighting each style’s key attributes. Beautifully illustrated and impeccably researched, this portable volume is a perfect companion for discerning house hunters and homeowners, realtors, design and construction students, and professionals. For anyone interested in architecture, The Abrams Guide to American House Styles is ideal for use at the desk and in the field.

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About the Author:

William Morgan is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated architectural historian, and has taught at Princeton University, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Louisville. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, and he is the author of Abrams’ American Country Churches.

Radek Kurzaj is a travel and architecture photographer based in Poland and New York City. His books include Abrams’ Living Large in Small Spaces and Treehouses of the World





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Morgan presents a sort of dummy’s guide to American architecture, dressed up in a pretty hardcover with copious color photographs and minimal, elegant descriptions. Househunters, homeowners, realtors—or anyone simply interested in what distinguishes a Victorian from a Colonial, what the difference is between Georgian and Greek Revival, or which empire inspired the Second Empire style—will love this book. Morgan aims "to simplify—in text, image and graphic presentation—what has become a complex subject to understand," and his book largely succeeds. In 15 color-coded chapters, Morgan, whose writings on architecture have appeared in The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Smithsonian and other publications, demystifies American house styles, giving a two-page overview for each, photographic examples from around the country and notes on the style’s defining characteristics. With its clear prose, comprehensive scope and excellent photos, this book will be a useful resource for all who care about American design.
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