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Uncommon Vernacular: The Early Houses of Jefferson County, West Virginia 1735-1835

Allen, John C., Jr.

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ISBN 10: 1933202874 / ISBN 13: 9781933202877
Published by West Virginia University Press, Morgantown, 2011
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Book and jacket are as new. Oversized book with beautiful photography and serious discussion of earlt houses in West Virginia. Oversized volume will require extra postage. First Edition. First Printing. ; Photography and Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 367 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 14408

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Title: Uncommon Vernacular: The Early Houses of ...

Publisher: West Virginia University Press, Morgantown

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Illustrated by Walter Smalling, Jr. and Andrew Lewis

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Within the picturesque borders of Jefferson County, West Virginia remain the vestiges of a history filled with Civil War battles and political rebellion. Yet also woven into the historical landscapeof this small county nestled within the Shenandoah Valley is an unusual collection of historic homes.  In this fascinating architectural exploration, John C. Allen, Jr. details his expansive seven-year survey of Jefferson County’s historic residences. By focusing on dwellings built from the mid-eighteenth century to the arrival of the railroad and canal in 1835, Allen unfolds the unique story of this area’s early building traditions and architectural innovations. The 250 buildings included in this workâ from the plantation homes of the Washington family to the log houses of yeomen farmersâ reveal the unique development of this region, as Allen categorizes structures and establishes patterns of construction, plan, and style.
Allen’s refreshing perspective illuminates the vibrant vernacular architecture of Jefferson County, connecting the housing of this area to the rich history of the Shenandoah Valley. Varying features of house siting, plan types, construction techniques, building materials, outbuildings, and exterior and interior detailing illustrate the blending of German, Scots-Irish, English, and African cultures into a distinct, regional style. Adorned with over seven hundred stylish photographs by Walter Smalling and elegant drawings, floor plans, and maps by Andrew Lewis, Uncommon Vernacular explores and preserves this historic area’s rich architectural heritage.

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"Uncommon Vernacular opens for the casual reader and scholar alike a rich though largely underappreciated vein of America's architectural heritage. In so doing, Allen has struck pure gold." Dr. William J. Murtagh, First Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places “John Allen has captured the wonderful architecture of Jefferson County in this, the first publication that documents in great breadth the character and quality of architecture found in West Virginia's eastern panhandle region of the Shenandoah Valley.” Susan M. Pierce, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, West Virginia

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