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House styles in America : the Old-house journal guide to the architecture of American homes
Massey, James C.
Personal Author:
First paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Penguin Studio, 1999.

Physical Description:
vii, 262 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Added Author:
Added Title:
Old-house journal.
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East Aurora Library NA7205 .M34 1996C Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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From saltboxes to split-levels, Victorian Ladies to Colonial Revivals, Prairie Styles, bungalows, and Moderns, these are the houses that have defined the architecture of a nation for the past three centuries. In House Styles in America, these classic examples illustrate the major movements that have shaped the American landscape.This beautifully illustrated tour of America's houses begins in 1640 with the early roots of American style--a combination of European skill and attitude combined with American know-how. This architectural journey continues on through the 18th and 19th centuries, through the Greek Revival, the Americanization of the Gothic Revival, and the early Colonial Revival. The houses of the 20th century are the main attraction as House Styles in America delves into the major movements in the Romantic Revivals of the 1920s and 1930s: English, French, and Spanish. Replete with 200 color photographs, this architectural journey is an essential and beautiful guide for realtors, tourists, and students of architecture.

Author Notes

james C. Massey is an architectural historian and historic preservationist. he has served as chief of the American Historic Buildings Survey, and was Director of the Stephen Decatur House and Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C., and Belle Grove in Virginia.

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