A field guide to American houses

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The guide that enables you to identify, and place in their historic and architectural contexts, the houses you see in your neighborhood or in your travels across America. 17th century to the present.

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Jun 14, 2012


An indispensable guide to discovering American housing styles by their appearance. So thorough that I only wish the guide had covered commercial, governmental and religious buildings too!


Feb 18, 2010

Necessary part of your toolbox

As a local historian I find this the definative book in this area. If you are researching old buildings, you need this book.


Nov 29, 2008

deserves 10 stars!

This is a wonderful book filled with numerous photographs of houses in each style discussed. Some of the homes,sadly have since been torn down. (I'd love to see the 2 story sod house described in the 'pre-railroad' section, but it only survived into the 1970's) I often just sit and page through. I had mild interest in architecture before I got this book, now I look at all buildings with a more interested and informed eye.

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