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The American Country House

Moss, Roger W.

Published by Henry Holt, New York, 1990
ISBN 10: 0805012486 / ISBN 13: 9780805012484
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Title: The American Country House

Publisher: Henry Holt, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition


Cloth in mylar protected dust jacket. 243 pp., with index. Illustrated with over 250 prints and photographs. This work explores some of America's most famous country houses including Rosewell, Stratford Hall, The Solitude, Olana, Biltmore, Andalusia, San Simeon. A clean, tight copy in "as new" condition. Bookseller Inventory # 001360

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From Library Journal: Like its counterparts in England, the American country house calls to mind a large, architecturally distinctive residence, surrounded by farmland and/or gardens and buttressed by great family wealth over many generations. Unlike its English relation, however, the American country house had a shorter time in which to develop. Furthermore, given the nation's great geographical and ethnic diversity, it took on many different and intriguing forms. These three studies fill an important void in the understanding of this building type and the individuals responsible for its development. Each volume is meticulously researched, well written, and lavishly illustrated. While there are, by necessity, overlapping examples, the authors bring their own interests and biases to the subject, so that each book has its own particular organization and focus. Architectural historian Moss traces the history of the country house type, moving from its roots in 18th-century Virginia to the villas along the Schuylkill and Hudson rivers and finally to the great country estates in Florida and California. Included are such noted houses as Olana and Biltmore, as well as lesser known structures like Whitehall and Whitemarsh Hall. Architect Hewitt focuses on the largely forgotten group of architects who designed the houses and the building technology that influenced their design. He includes examples through 1940 and provides brief biographies of the architects discussed. English Country Life editor Aslet analyzes how the country house embodied strongly American qualities, focusing on the sometimes-frivolous activities of the estate owners, their families, and their friends. Examples from the Adirondacks and the Berkshires are included along with those from the Hudson Valley, California, and Florida. All three volumes make lively reading and should appeal to historian and layperson alike.
- H. Ward Jandl, National Park Svce., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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