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Town houses : urban houses from 1200 to the present day
Binney, Marcus.
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New York : Whitney Library of Design, 1998.
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176 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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NA7520 .B56 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Explores social and architectural history while celebrating outstanding examples of townhouse design--from medieval stone and stucco houses in Krakow to glass and steel rowhouses on the German- Swiss border. Includes photographs of facades, interiors, and architectural details, architects' plans and drawings, contemporary engravings, and five cutaway illustrations. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Marcus Binney has been a leading figure in the field of architectural history and conservation for the past 25 years. A highly regarded writer and journalist, he is the architecture correspondent for The Times and has previously been Editor of Country Life magazine. A founder of Save Britain's Heritage in 1975, Marcus Binney has led campaigns that have prevented the destruction of numerous historic buildings, and led directly to the creation of the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

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This fine new work by British architectural historian, preservationist, and Times correspondent Binney presents the saga of the urban dwelling form frequently called the "town house." Urban houses as seen here are mainly presented in the various forms of attached "rows" and "terraces" of city dwellings in different periods and places. Chapters trace the evolution of European urban housing from the Middle Ages to the present, and the emphasis ranges across the need for preservation of significant historic structures, the varieties of town houses on European and American cities, and on new urban forms and styles being built today. Many of the examples are vernacular, but emphasis is on more elegant high-style structures. The book is richly and beautifully illustrated with historic and contemporary drawings, plans, and photographs. Especially noteworthy are handsome cutaway drawings showing construction and details in perspective. An important contribution to a neglected but fascinating and vital genre in the history of architecture. Glossary. Very highly recommended. All levels. H. W. Marshall; University of Missouri--Columbia

Table of Contents

Introduction: Lost and Savedp. 6
Chapter 1 Medieval Master Buildersp. 14
Romanesque Cluny, Burgundyp. 16
Medieval Gothic houses, Venicep. 18
The Rows, Chesterp. 22
Half-timbered houses, Rennesp. 24
Stone and stucco houses, Krakowp. 26
Wine lock-ups, Sterzingp. 28
Timber-framed houses, Rouenp. 30
Hanseatic merchants' houses, Lubeckp. 32
Chapter 2 Renaissance and Baroque Splendourp. 34
The minor palaces, Florencep. 36
Place des Vosges, Parisp. 40
Le Muet's seven grades, Parisp. 44
Burghers' houses, Amsterdamp. 46
Gabled mansions, Rothenburg ob der Tauberp. 52
Gabled Cromwellian houses, Newington Green, Londonp. 54
Sea captains' houses, St Malop. 56
Huguenot weavers' houses, Spitalfields, Londonp. 58
Bohemian Baroque, Litomericep. 62
Chapter 3 Neo-Classical Elegancep. 64
Refinement and comfort, Parisp. 66
Classical perfection, Bathp. 70
Courtiers' houses, Potsdamp. 72
The four grades of house, Londonp. 74
Streets and squares, Dublinp. 80
White-washed houses, Mahon, Minorcap. 84
Red-brick terraces, Philadelphiap. 86
Beacon Hill, Bostonp. 90
Regency elegance, Brightonp. 94
The classical revival, Savannahp. 98
Verandahed houses, Sydneyp. 100
Chapter 4 19th and Early 20th Century Eclecticismp. 102
Merchants' houses, Hamburgp. 104
Brownstones, New Yorkp. 106
Beaux Arts homes, Parisp. 112
Artisan dwellings, Battersea, Londonp. 116
The Painted Ladies, San Franciscop. 118
Arts and Crafts house, Kensington, Londonp. 122
One house over another, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshirep. 126
Eclectic houses of 1900, Brusselsp. 128
Horta's Art Nouveau house, Brusselsp. 132
Twin houses, Asolop. 134
Chapter 5 20th Century Modernp. 136
Colourful Modernism, Berlinp. 138
Festival of Britain housing, Poplar, Londonp. 142
Custom-designed luxury, Chicagop. 144
Lagoon revival, Cote d'Azurp. 146
Pole houses, Rotterdamp. 148
Modern Venice, Mazzorbop. 152
High-tech housing, Camden, Londonp. 156
Mid-block alley houses, San Franciscop. 160
Riverside housing, Southwark, Londonp. 162
Glass and steel row, Konstanzp. 164
Glossaryp. 168
Bibliographyp. 170
Where to visitp. 171
Indexp. 172
Acknowledgmentsp. 176