How to Read Houses:  A Crash Course in Domestic Architecture

How to Read Houses: A Crash Course in Domestic Architecture

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How to Read Houses: A Crash Course in Domestic Architecture is an insider's guide to recognizing and appreciating the diversity of domestic architecture that reflects the location, fashion, and technological savoir faire of the agefrom pared-down Prairie Style to the truly unconventional. Compact enough to travel with you yet comprehensive enough to provide real answers, with real examples, this handy reference guide:

  • Provides an understanding of the architectural vocabulary along with the visual clues that identify any house style and its historical context.
  • Enhances the appreciation of visits to landmark houses and lays the foundations for an architectural exploration of your own home or area.
  • Explores the main architectural styles, as well as the materials and components of a house, through beautifully rendered illustrations, photographs of classic examples, and the words of a friendly expert.

William Jones has been writing for architecture and design magazines around the world for over fifteen years. He is the author of several books, including Modern Architecture in New York (2002), Unbuilt Masterworks of the 21st Century (2009), and Architects' Sketchbook (2011).

Softcover | 256 pages | 5.25 x 6.50