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American homes : the illustrated encyclopedia of domestic architecture
Walker, Les.
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American shelter
First Black Dog and Leventhal edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal, 2002.

Physical Description:
333 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
General Note:
Revised ed. published 1996.

Originally published: American shelter. Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Press, 1981.

"A landmark reference with more than 1,000 illustrations, elevations, and plans"--Cover.
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A landmark of architectural history, AMERICAN HOMES surveys over 100 American housing styles and illustrates them through nearly 1000 line drawings. Using his own unique combination of "exploded" diagrams and floor plans and easy-to-follow text, award-winning architect and author Lester Walker has created the definitive bible of home design, fully practical but wonderful, too, for armchair browsing and dreaming.

Walker describes each style's signature features, and how, where, when, and why the style developed in response to the landscape. The full evolution of American residential architecture is represented, including Dutch Colonials, Log cabins, Southern plantation mansions, Carpenter Gothics, Neo-modern styles, and more.

For anyone who has ever designed or owned a home--or just lived in one--AMERICAN HOMES is the quintessential reference to our country's dwellings, past, present, and future.

Author Notes

Lester Walker is an award-winning architect and author of numerous books related to houses and architecture. He has been a professor of architecture at City College of New York and has lectured and presented seminars at Harvard University, MIT, UCLA, and the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has appeared in such magazines as House Beautiful, Time, House and Garden, Life, and Progressive Architecture

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 14
Introductionp. 16
The Indiansp. 21
The Settlersp. 39
The Indians
Earth Lodge 300p. 22
Pueblo 700p. 24
Pole and Thatch 800p. 26
Tipi 1200p. 28
Longhouse 1400p. 30
Wigwam 1600p. 32
Hogan 1750p. 34
Plank House 1800p. 36
The Settlers
Spanish Cottage 1580p. 40
English Cottage 1623p. 42
Medieval 1635p. 46
Log Cabin 1638p. 50
Stone Ender 1640p. 56
Dutch Colonial 1650p. 58
Cross House 1650p. 62
Jacobean 1655p. 64
Garrison House 1660p. 66
Saltbox 1670p. 68
German Colonial 1675p. 72
Southern Colonial 1680p. 76
New England Farmhouse 1690p. 78
Plantation Colonial 1700p. 82
Cape Cod 1710p. 88
French Colonial 1720p. 92
Georgian 1720p. 94
Federal 1765p. 98
Jeffersonian Classicism 1770p. 100
Adam 1800p. 104
Regency 1815p. 106
Greek Revival 1820p. 108
Spanish Colonial 1825p. 112
Shaker 1830p. 114
Egyptian Revival 1835p. 116
Monterey 1835p. 118
Shacks and Shanties 1840p. 120
Early Gothic Revival 1840p. 122
Cottage 1845p. 126
Carpenter Gothic 1850p. 128
Steamboat Gothic 1855p. 132
Italian Villa 1855p. 134
Swiss Cottage 1855p. 136
Italianate 1855p. 138
Octagon 1860p. 140
False Front 1860p. 142
Renaissance Revival 1860p. 144
Stick 1865p. 146
Second Empire 1870p. 148
High Victorian Gothic 1875p. 150
Queen Anne 1880p. 152
Eastlake 1880p. 156
Richardsonian Romanesque 1885p. 158
Glossaryp. 324
Bibliographyp. 328
Index to Architectsp. 332
Norman 1885p. 160
Shingle 1885p. 162
Baled Hay and Sod 1890p. 168
Chateausque 1890p. 170
Georgian Revival 1895p. 172
Mission 1895p. 174
Tudor 1900p. 176
Classic Revival 1905p. 178
Craftsmen 1905p. 180
Wrightian 1905p. 182
Bungalow 1910p. 186
Bay Region 1910, 1930, 1960p. 192
Prairie 1915p. 196
Pueblo Revival 1920p. 198
Colonial Revival 1925p. 200
Fantasy 1925p. 202
Spanish Colonial Revival 1925p. 210
Period 1930p. 212
International 1930p. 216
Art Moderne 1935p. 220
Northwestern 1945p. 222
Rammed Earth 1945p. 224
Quonset Hut 1945p. 226
Mobile Home 1950p. 228
California Ranch 1950p. 234
Meisian 1950p. 238
Prefabricated 1950p. 242
High Tech 1955p. 246
Roof Architecture 1955p. 248
A-Frame 1955p. 250
Contractor Modern 1955p. 252
Neocolonial 1955p. 254
Split Level 1960p. 260
Coverted Train Car 1960p. 264
Pole House 1960p. 266
Brutalism 1960p. 268
Free Form 1965p. 270
Geodesic Dome 1970p. 272
Modular 1970p. 276
Silo and Yurt 1970p. 278
Floating House 1970p. 280
New Shingle 1970p. 284
International Revival 1970p. 292
Inflatable 1975p. 296
Passive Solar 1975p. 298
Active Solar 1975p. 300
Earth Sheltered 1975p. 302
Post Modern 1978p. 304
Deconstruction 1988p. 308
Neomodern 1990p. 312
Everyday and the Ordinary 1992p. 316
Space 2000p. 322