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What Style Is It?: A Guide to American Architecture, Revised Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-25036-4
160 pages
October 2003
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Description

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 significant architectural styles including Early Colonial, Federal and Second Empire
* More than 200 photos and line drawings make this a visually rich resource. 30% of photos and drawings are new to this edition
* A glossary offers quick access to architectural terms
* Includes an added guide to using the Historical American Buildings Society online catalogue of more than 30,000 historic structures, giving access to more than 51,000 measured drawings, 156,000 photographs and more than 30,000 original historical reports
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements v

Preface vi

Introduction viii

Early Colonial 2

Georgian 12

Spanish Colonial 20

Federal 26

Neoclassical 32

Jeffersonian 36

Greek Revival 39

Gothic Revival 46

Romanesque Revival 54

Italianate 57

Exotic Revivals 62

Second Empire 66

Stick Style 70

Queen Anne 72

Shingle Style 75

Richardsonian Romanesque 78

Rustic 84

Beaux- Arts 90

Classical Revival 98

Chicago School 100

Bungalows 106

Prairie Style 110

Period Houses 115

Art Deco 120

International Style 127

Coda 132

Glossary 133

Further Reading 140

Information Sources 144

About HABS/HAER 146

Index 147

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Author Information

The late JOHN C. POPPELIERS was head of the Historic American Buildings Survey (1971—1980) and coauthor of the previous edition of What Style Is It?

S. ALLEN CHAMBERS Jr. is an architectural historian based in Washington, D.C., and former historian with the Historic American Buildings Survey. An active contributor to the historic preservation field, he serves on the boards of the Foundation for the Preservation of Historic Georgetown and the Tudor Place Foundation.

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New to This Edition

  1. Newly expanded sections on Craftsman and Jeffersonian styles
  2. Generously illustrated with new line drawings and other illustrations
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The Wiley Advantage

  1. Includes sections on twenty-five of the most significant architectural styles.
  2. Includes an added guide to using the Historical American Buildings Society (HABS) online collection which cata-logues more than 30,000 historic structures throughout the United States and its territories including access to more than 51,000 sheets of measured drawings, more than 156,000 large-format black-and-white photographs, and more than 30,000 original historical reports.
  3. Complete glossary offers quick access to architectural terms.
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