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Great American Houses and Their Architectural Styles

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In this lavishly produced volume, authors Virginia and Lee McAlester explore outstanding landmark houses that exemplify America's major architectural and interior design styles from Colonial times to the mid-twentieth century. These twenty-five houses are illustrated with more than 350 specially commissioned full-color photographs of interior and exterior views, 125 black-
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Hardcover, 348 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Abbeville Press
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Victoria
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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As an avid architecture and design enthusiast, I consider this book to be one of the seminal volumes on the American vernacular in my library. The authors explore 25 grand houses--ranging from Monticello to Mark Twain House to Vizcaya--and the changing tastes in housing design over a period of over 300 years.

The book is divided into four main sections and within each they introduce, in chronological order, each of the grand mansions that illustrate the evolution of a principal style. For example
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Du
Feb 20, 2011 rated it liked it
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This book is nice and it is appropriate, but most certainly it is a display book. I had hoped it would be more like McAlester's other books, and was not so much disappointed, but certainly thought it lacking the same depth and usefulness of the other books the author has been involved with. Glad I finally read it, but wished for more.
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beautiful pictures...dream a little.
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Virginia Savage McAlester is an American author, architectural historian, preservationist, and political activist. She is best known for her book A Field Guide to American Houses, a standard guide to American home styles.

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