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A Field Guide to American Houses Book

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HOME PAGES You'll run out of room to house all of your newfound fun and historical facts in McAlester's A Field Guide to American Houses…

A Field Guide to American Houses

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Virgina Savage McAlester
publisher:
Knopf
genre:
Art/Fine Art

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Did you know that the house style we refer to as a ranch dates back to the 1930s, when FHA financing mandated much smaller homes? Or that French-style houses became popular in the 1920s because so many builders and architects were influenced by what they saw while serving in France during World War I? Once you’ve pored through A Field Guide to American Houses, McAlester’s photo-packed bible of American home design — first published in 1984 and now updated and reissued — you’ll be able to identify the saltboxes, Dutch colonials, and brownstones lining your own street, and you’ll understand the historical significance of each one. A