The Ranch House

Hess, Alan

Book - 2004
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
The Ranch House
The trend is unmistakable. The Ranch-style house, a phenomenal success in the '40s, '50s, and '60s, is making a comeback. Like the enthusiastic embrace of Modern-style houses in the past decade, the Ranch house today is being snatched up and restored all across suburban America, while longtime owners are rediscovering what seduced them in the first place. Now Alan Hess, one of the country's leading authorities on the 20th-century American home, offers the definitive look at the Ranch house as he guides readers on a tour of more than 30 iconic examples, all photographed especially for this book. With L- or U-shaped floor plans and sliding glass doors that provide direct access to the patio from the living area, the Ranch house is ideal for an indoor/ outdoor lifestyle and great for families, qualities that made it so appealing in its early days. Now, as this book illustrates, with baby boomers reclaiming the design aesthetic of their youth and a younger generation welcoming the warm and casual spirit of the Ranch, it's no surprise that this most populist of house styles is popular once again.

Publisher: New York : H.N. Abrams, 2004
ISBN: 0810943468
Branch Call Number: 728.373 H586r 2004
Characteristics: 240 p. :,chiefly ill. (some col.) ;,25 X 31 cm
Additional Contributors: Sheldon, Noah


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A photo survey of ranch houses built across California, Arizona, and Texas from 1935 through 1968 -- with interior, exterior, and garden photographs of each house. (But, unfortunately, no floorplans.)

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