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Elements of Style: A Practical Encyclopedia of Interior Architectural Details from 1485 to the Pres

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The styles that have had the greatest impact on American and British architectural details over the past 500 years are presented in more than 1,400 photos and over 3,000 analytical line drawings & engravings.
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published October 15th 1991 by Simon & Schuster
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Deirdre
Aug 29, 2008 Deirdre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a great reference book for interior designers.

It is similarly formatted like a dictionary--there are color-coded tabs which help to distinguish the different sections. Also, it is chronologically laid out, which I thought was helpful, so you can see how various styles "evolved" over time.

My only criticism of Elements of Style is that the glossary was not extensive enough. I wish that instead of having to look up certain terms in the dictionary, I could have found them in the book itsel
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Katie Knight
Incredible reference book that provides excellent details of specific Western style periods (Classical, Georgian, Baroque, etc.). Perfect for students who need help identifying ornamental and architectural details. Ample illustrations and photographs to supplement descriptions.
Michael
Apr 28, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent and resourceful book that is packed with information on architectural styles. While the book emphasizes interior elements, there is also information pertaining to exterior stylistic elements.
Nicole
Aug 12, 2009 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For anyone who has ever wondered, "What is that thing on my house called?"

A great resource for writers of period fiction.
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Dec 29, 2013 Jenni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a brilliant, in-depth reference that I will utilize again and again for research purposes.
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I use it to faithfully reconstruct any house that I work on. then I modernize!
Michael Heath-Caldwell
Large comprehensive and well presented book on architecture
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Very comprehensive reference book.
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Useful book
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