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Building The Dream

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  49 ratings  ·  7 reviews
For Gwendolyn Wright,the houses of America are the diaries of the American people. They create a fascinating chronicle of the way we have lived, and a reflection of every political, economic, or social issue we have been concerned with. Why did plantation owners build uniform cabins for their slaves? Why were all the walls in nineteenth-century tenements painted white? Why ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published May 9th 2012 by Pantheon (first published 1981)
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An account of housing in the United States from the early Puritan settlers of New England, up until the energy crisis of the 70's and the diversified housing market of the 80's (when this book was written). The book is divided into 14 essays, each on a different housing type or historical development, including slave housing, industry-owned towns in the 19th century, late 19th c. suburban expansion, tenement housing, post-WWII suburban expansion, urban high-rise development, and government-subsi ...more

This is a really great history of housing (suburban and urban) in the United States. "The history of American houses shows how Americans have tried to embody social issues in domestic architecture, and how they have tried, at the same time, to use this imagery to escape a social reality that is always more complex and diverse than the symbols constructed to capture it.”
Sep 26, 2007 Jesus added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: contractors
The link between the emphasis of Theodore Roosevelt's New Deal on construction & "urban renewal" in the 1960s is neatly introduced here.
An excellent history of housing in the US that focuses on specific types of housing and the social functions/impacts of each.
Provided a lot of interesting social history on a variety of different housing types.
great history of the evolution of american housing
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