Drawing Toward Home: Designs for Domestic Architecture from Historic New England

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As the center of domestic life, the house is perhaps the most important building type in a democratic society. Drawing Toward Home: Designs for Domestic Architecture from Historic New England showcases a variety of drawings of domestic buildings that range in date from the late eighteenth through the twentieth centuries, and depict an array of building types estates, modest single-family houses, summer cottages, and even a typical Boston multi-family dwelling known as a three-decker.

Architectural drawings have a history of their own, and this exceptional assemblage outlines how the medium has morphed to meet the growing expectations of clients, the increasing complexity of the construction process, and the demands of new technologies. A large number of beautifully executed perspectives created primarily for formal presentations to clients are featured. As Benjamin Linfoot put it back in 1884, the "architect . . . must keep his client's enthusiasm alive and active by sending or submitting bright, jaunty little perspectives of his contemplated work." This survey successfully melds Gilded Age works from the venerable offices McKim, Mead & White, and Peabody & Stearns with designs from a century before and after, ranging from the hand of influential pattern-book author Asher Benjamin to those drafted by Dutch-born modernist R. W. Huygens.

Drawing Toward Home illustrates changes in taste and technology and presents many of the drawings as works of art. It includes designs by both famous and little-known architects and houses designed in the Federal, Victorian, Arts and Crafts, and International styles. From Great Diamond Island, Maine, to Boston's Beacon Street, and from cottages on Cape Cod to mansions in Newport, the houses featured in this book remind us that the architecture of New England is a touchstone of American architecture.

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Primary contributors to the book are JAMES F. O GORMAN, GRACE SLACK MCNEIL Professor Emeritus of History of American Art, Wellesley College; LORNA CONDON, Curator of Library and Archives at Historic New England; CHRISTOPHER MONKHOUSE, Eloise W. Martin Chair of European Decorative Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago; ROGER G. REED, Historian, National Register of Historic Places; and EARLE G. SHETTLEWORTH, JR., Director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and Maine State Historian. Other contributors include Donald C. Carleton, Jr., Abbott Lowell Cummings, Elizabeth Hope Cushing, Claire W. Dempsey, Stuart A. Drake, James L. Garvin, Peter Gittleman, Dean T. Lahikainen, Maureen Meister, Pauline C. Metcalf, Keith N. Morgan, Richard C. Nylander, Timothy Orwig, Annie Robinson, Charles M. Sullivan, Gary Wolf, and Sally Zimmerman.

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“A truly majestic home will last generations. Drawing Toward Home: Designs for Domestic Architecture from Historic New England is conceived as an inspiration book for those looking to build a home of their own. James F. O'Gorman and his staff give readers a collection of photographs and drawing of the finer homes found in the New England region throughout its existence, with texts describing the history of such photographs. For anyone out to design their new home and who wants it to be a beautiful one that lasts, "Drawing Toward Home" is a fine pick for any who want a more complete education in their decisions."—Midwest Book Review

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