American House Styles: A Concise Guide (Hardcover)

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“An engaging historical account and an attractive, practical resource.” —Booklist

Colonial, Neoclassical, Queen Anne, Craftsman—what distinguishes one architectural style from another? This unique book will allow readers to recognize the architectural features and style of virtually any house they encounter. Here, architect John Milnes Baker explains the historical, cultural, and technical influences that shaped each of these styles and many more. Organized in periods, from Early Colonial (1600–1715) to the Modern Movement (1920–60) and beyond, this tour of America’s varied residential architecture is rendered in elevation drawings that precisely illustrate the key characteristics of each style.

Nearly 25 years since the original publication of American House Styles, this updated edition includes a new preface and house styles from the mid-1990s to the present—from the rise and fall of the McMansion to energy-efficient, regionally influenced homes. The illustrations, now in color, are more delightful than ever in a new, larger format. This a must-have volume for anyone interested in architecture or adding a bit of style to their home.

About the Author

John Milnes Baker, AIA, is an architect specializing in residential design. A member of the Society of Architectural Historians and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, he is the author of How to Build a House with an Architect and his work has appeared in numerous architectural journals. He lives in South Kent, CT.

Praise For…

History is all around us—so much so that it can be
hard to see it. John Milnes Baker’s classic work, now
beautifully updated, helps us to locate it in our very
houses. Through brick and stucco, pediments and
porticos, he literally brings history home to us.
— Russell Shorto, author of Revolution Song and The Island at the Center of the World

John Milnes Baker is a congenial companion, encyclopedic
without being dull, discriminating but not
dismissive. His affectionate survey of four centuries
of American houses and American aspirations is an
accessible guide to the world we’ve built and a good
set of principles for understanding whatever we’ll
think up next.
— Kent Barwick, former chair of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
Product Details
ISBN: 9781682682241
ISBN-10: 1682682242
Publisher: Countryman Press
Publication Date: July 3rd, 2018
Pages: 208
Language: English