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Sea-captains' houses and rose-covered cottages : the architectural heritage of Nantucket Island
Booker, Margaret Moore.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Universe Pub. in Association with the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies, Nantucket, Mass., [2003]

Physical Description:
ix, 213 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
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NA7235.M42 N363 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

The marketing of the nostalgia and quaintness of scenic places through the thin gauze of historic appreciation and preservation brings out cautious skepticism in seasoned library selectors. At its worst, the genre supports monographic versions of the burgeoning industry of flashy wish-you-were-there magazines that feed the fantasies of aspiring travelers and second-home owners. These two works are clearly above average, though for libraries their value may be limited to regional and comprehensive vernacular architectural collections. Sea-Captains' Houses is a well-researched visual tour of 40 Nantucket residences, from timber-framed 18th-century lean-to houses to weathered shingle cottages, resplendent Victorians, and 20th-century revivalist designs. The authors, all closely tied to the island, draw on primary and historic sources and photos to blend local lore with their rabid passion for Nantucket. Beyond historic notes and details are fascinating sections on vestiges of shipbuilding techniques (such as the presence of ships' knees in house frames, rope handrails, and quarterboards) and the island's architectural transformation from fishing to the vacation industry. The photos are uniformly excellent. Although a less polished publication, Windmills of New England has many fine attributes. Lombardo (an LJ reviewer formerly with Jones Lib., Amherst) presents the history and romance of New England windmills informally and anecdotally. Except for a small color-plates section, the black-and-white photos are mostly by the author. Lombardo's quixotic quest covers how windmills work, types and functions, surviving and lost examples, modern reproductions, whirligigs, windmill lore and owners, wind power technologies, and windmills in literature, music, poetry and film. Appendixes include recommended windmill day trips, windmill sayings ("daily grind," "fair to middling," "grist for one's mill," etc.), a glossary, and lists of organizations and web sites. Obviously, this is the last and latest word for windmill enthusiasts, wherever located; the Nantucket book will work best in area collections.-Russell T. Clement, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

In this handsome and fascinating book, the black-and-white and color illustrations are superb and provide a complete history of the island's architecture from the early lean-tos to the contemporary houses by Robert Venturi, often including plans. Although much of the emphasis is on the aesthetic, history is not neglected, stressing the early Quakers' concern with simplicity and craftsmanship, then the Federal and Greek Revival structures, elaborate Victorian and Georgian Revival, and Postmodernism. There are a series of short chapters by various experts who live on Nantucket, including a fascinating one on assembling a timber-frame building and others discussing history and cultural changes as well as various architectural styles. The descriptions under the photographs are excellent. Graham Gund, the architect whose house is featured at the conclusion, has provided a very good introduction capturing some of the magic of the island. Though emphasis is on the weather-beaten shingle houses of the 18th and 19th century that typify Nantucket, such unusual subjects as mail-order houses and bungalows are also discussed and illustrated. Complete notes; very good bibliography. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduate and graduate students; two-year technical program students. T. J. McCormick emeritus, Wheaton College (MA)