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What Style Is It?: A Guide to American Architecture

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Architectural style is defined as a definite type of architecture, distinguished by special characteristics of structure and ornament.
This revised edition of What Style Is It? includes new sections on Neoclassical, Romanesque and Rustic Styles. It also provides more examples of how pure styles vary by geographic region across the US.
* Includes sections on 25 of the most si
Paperback, 152 pages
Published October 6th 2003 by John Wiley & Sons (first published 1982)
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Andrew Holloway
This is a nice roundup of architectural trends in America up to the late 1960s. It goes into pretty good detail on the names and faces of the styles, what they looked like, and where you might find more of them. It missed more recent adaptations, and only briefly covers residential trends in the later parts of the book. It's also fairly heavy on the vocabulary, so have a look at the included glossary if you are unfamiliar with the terms.

I would have liked more content about home design extendin
Maria Pantazopoulou
This book is a really good introduction to American architecture, and it serves as a good starting point for those who wish to learn the basic characteristics of the various styles, from early colonial to the International style. It's also easy to read and understand, with loads of examples of buildings from around the country.
I learned a lot from this little book. This was something I ran across at the library, but I'll probably buy my own copy.
It is what it is. If you like architecture or would like to learn more about it, this is a nice survey.
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