A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America’s Domestic Architecture
The variety of architectural styles of houses in the United States is mind-bogglingly broad. Now there is one place to go to understand what constitutes particular styles of homes and what diversities can fall within the categories while still remaining true. The book opens with a section on how to use it and a pictorial key and glossary. This is followed by a section named Looking at American Houses with subcategories of Fashions, Shapes, Anatomy of American Houses, and Neighborhoods. These are followed by Folk Houses, Colonial Houses (1600-1820), Romantic Houses (1820-1880), Victorian Houses (1860-1900), Eclectic Houses (1880-1940), Modern Houses (1900-Present), and Styled Houses Since 1935. Each of these has several sub-sections. Over 1600 photographs and line drawings clearly demonstrate the multitude of styles and sub-styles. The text explains identifying features, principal subtypes, variants, and details. If this is not enough for someone, there is a “For Further Reference” section 24 pages long. There is little one could want to find out about American housing styles and features that will not be found in this extraordinary reference book.
Virginia Savage McAlester and Lee McAlester