A Field Guide to American Houses, The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America’s Domestic Architecture by Virginia Savage McAlester
Knopf, 2015 (second edition)
Paperback, 880 pages
…The “field guide” of the title is an apt phrase, since the book looks and functions in much the same way as other field guides, such as those for birds. Presented in a chronological format, the various house styles are described in multiple ways: through b/w photos (by Steve Clicque) that show almost exclusively the fronts of houses; through drawings (by Suzanne Patton Matty) that diagram the basic features of a style and hone in on details; and through the words of McAlester (without her former husband) that are clear and very thorough. Much of the text functions as captions to the numerous photos, again making the book function like a literal field guide and helping readers know what to look for as they travel about the American residential landscape.
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