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Architecture in colonial America
Donnelly, Marian C. (Marian Card)
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Eugene : University of Oregon Press, [2003]

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v, 202 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
The age of exploration -- Early European settlements on the North American coast -- Early European colonial materials and tools -- Housing in the early colonies -- Early colonial public and religious buildings -- Survivals and innovations -- French and Spanish building in the colonial period -- 18th-century housing in the English colonies: the Georgian period -- 18th-century American churches and public buildings.
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A comprehensive introduction to early colonial architecture, from Columbus to the American Revolution. Donnelly covers everything from the first European settlers and early housing designs to Swedish and Dutch influences on public buildings and the rise of American Georgian architecture.

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Library Journal Review

This final work by Donnelly (1923-99; New England Meeting Houses), former professor of art history at the University of Oregon, covers the earliest Colonial constructions up to the American Revolution, discussing English, French, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish influences. Unlike many other books on American architecture, this work is not limited to noting the stylistic traits of well-known houses but provides informative discussions about the materials, tools, and techniques used in early American constructions. The author's expertise regarding historical architects, builders, and homeowners is also reflected throughout the book. These aspects set Donnelly's book apart from the other major Colonial architecture survey, Hugh Morrison's Early American Architecture (Oxford Univ., 1952; reprint, Dover, 1987), although the latter contains more examples of specific buildings. Two nice features worth noting are an exhaustive bibliography and numerous expository diagrams that complement the black-and-white photographs. This book is recommended for undergraduate collections and most public libraries. Another recent publication, James D. Kornwolf's three-volume Architecture and Town Planning in Colonial North America, covers regional trends in greater detail than Donnelly's book and should be considered by academic libraries.-Eric Linderman, East Cleveland P.L., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This work's coverage is truly "Colonial," as the book ends with a building built in 1775-76. Donnelly was a distinguished architectural historian whose work was finished and edited after her death in 1999 by Leland Roth (Univ. of Oregon). Donnelly's theme was how building ideas from long traditions and later fashions came to North America and met these conditions. The book covers residences, religious structures, markets, college buildings, land use, town plans, and development of communities in English, French Canadian, and Spanish colonies. The chapter treating the relationship between tools and materials, well illustrated from original sources, is a good addition. All the standard well-known American Colonial buildings, and some seldom seen, are pictured and discussed. The extensive use of primary material, particularly images from prints, offers sources of designs and numerous insights, like evidence that colored woodwork was used in New England meeting houses. There are fair-quality black-and-white pictures, many taken by the author, but the illustrations were "digitally prepared" and most are dark and hazy. Despite lacking a glossary, a useful work for undergraduate survey courses in American architecture. Comprehensive bibliography. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates. W. L. Whitwell formerly, Hollins College