American Houses

A Field Guide to the Architecture of the Home

Foster, Gerald L.

Book - 2004
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
American Houses
American Houses is a historical guide to the architecture of the American home. While other architectural field guides show only façades, this book includes floor plans, showing how the form of a house arises from its function. Photographs and drawings of exteriors illustrate the significant field marks of each style and help pinpoint the key elements that can identify a house even when it has been remodeled beyond recognition. Beautifully illustrated, clearly written, and impeccably researched, American Houses is an essential reference for anyone interested in the history of American residential architecture.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2004
ISBN: 0618387994
Branch Call Number: 728.37 F754a 2004
Characteristics: xvi, 400 p. :,ill., maps, plans ;,23 cm


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Regional guide to American domestic architecture, with chapters devoted to each regions' typical house styles. Drawings of exteriors and floor plans throughout.

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Jul 05, 2011
  • cardigramma rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Very in-depth look at different types of architecture in the U.S. It really is like a bird "field guide" as the title implies. Contains basic floorplans for each type of house.


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