The Cape Cod Cottage

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The Cape Cod cottage has been one of America's most popular home styles for almost four hundred years. While a perennial domestic favorite, historians have long ignored the modest Cape Cod, relegating it to a vernacular footnote along with barns and mills. In The Cape Cod Cottage architectural historian and photographer William Morgan places this uniquely American house a remarkable combination of necessity and tradition in its historical context and makes a compelling argument for the reassessment of its place in the history of American architecture.

The Cape Cod Cottage follows the uniquely American house type from its earliest beginnings in the colonial period, through its spread across New England, to its embrace as a suburban ideal in the twentieth century, and its reinterpretation by contemporary architects. Historical images of lost Capes augment beautiful new photographs taken specifically for the book. As a tribute to a special house, The Cape Cod Cottage is an appeal to preserve the Cape's legacy and an essential document of this unique architectural icon.

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William Morgan is an architectural historian and a photographer based in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Architects and builders should hand this book to clients who are seeking creative ways to build modestly. -- Period Homes, July 2006

Captivating. . . . In anyone who lingers over its pages, Morgan's little paperback will stimulate new affection for the Cape Cod cottage and its subtle variations. -- New Urban News, November 2006

In telling the story of the Cape, Morgan does not avoid a connoisseur's passion... but he does it with a grace that is consistent with the Cape itself. -- Maine Sunday Telegram, Oct. 15, 2006

It's a great story, an American story. . . and its telling is authoritatively done in this cordial, handsomely produced book. -- Maine Sunday Telegram, October 15, 2006

The story it tells is New England's story-the story of creating a sense of place and a sense of home. . . . A fine visual survey of this enduring form. -- Architecture Boston, November 2006

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