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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 ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published October 6th 2003 by John Wiley & Sons (first published 1982)
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Andrew Holloway
Dec 30, 2013 Andrew Holloway rated it liked it
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
Jan 25, 2016 Du rated it liked it
Shelves: planning
Really solid overview of architecture. It is not a tome, nor is it a glance, instead there is a logical and clear progression of home building and design. Great feel to the book as well.
Maria Pantazopoulou
Dec 26, 2011 Maria Pantazopoulou rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-architecture
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.
Apr 27, 2013 Sherri rated it really liked it
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.
May 24, 2010 Kb rated it really liked it
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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