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A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to

Identifying and Understanding America's Domestic

Architecture


by Virginia McAlester and Lee McAlester (authors)

Here at last: the fully expanded, updated, and freshly designed second edition of the most comprehensive and widely acclaimed guide to domestic architecture—in print since its publication in 1984, and acknowledged everywhere as the unmatched, essential reference to American houses.

Focusing on dwellings in urban and suburban neighborhoods and rural locations all across the continental United States—houses built over the past three hundred years reflecting every social and economic background—this guide provides in-depth information on the essentials of domestic architecture with facts and frames of reference that will enable you to look in a fresh way at the houses around you. With more than 1,600 detailed photographs and line illustrations, and a lucid, vastly informative text, it will teach you not only to recognize distinct architectural styles but also to understand their historical significance. What does that cornice signify? Or that porch? The shape of that door? The window treatment? When was this house built? What does the style say about its builders and their eras? You'll find the answers to these and myriad other questions in this encyclopedic and eminently practical book.

 
         
 

 

  Great American Suburbs: The Homes of the Park Cities,


Dallas, Texas


by Virginia Savage McAlester (Author), Willis Cecil Winters (Author), Prudence Mackintosh (Author), Steve Clicque (Photographer)

This impressive and informative case study immerses readers into the architecture and culture, both past and present, of two important early American suburbs. Illustrated with over 280 specially commissioned photographs, in addition to over 75 maps, graphs, and archival images, this insightful work covers different phases of American suburban development through an  analysis of two Dallas’ suburbs, as well as the architects who designed them. Also includes notes on how to preserve an early-twentieth century home and a listing of over 1,600 homes by address and architect.
 
     

 

 
 

 


Great American Houses and Their Architectural Styles
  Great American Houses and Their Architectural Styles


by Virginia McAlester and Lee McAlester (Authors),  Alex McLean (Photographer)

Architecture buffs and decorators will enjoy visiting these 25 noteworthy American houses, selected partly because they are open to the public. What at first glance appears to be a coffee-table title turns out to be a useful guide to the various architectural styles of the American home, replete with floor plans for each dwelling and schematic diagrams that point out representative architectural characteristics of the style in question. Each chapter also includes a tour of the interior of its house, with significant illustrations of interior detail highlighted. About half the homes are located in the Northeast, and most of the rest can be found east of the Mississippi; Monticello is arguably the most famous house represented. Rounding out the book is a section explaining how to arrange a visit to any of these splendid residences.

 
         
 

 

SHORTER PUBLICATIONS

 

Buying a Home in Historic Old East Dallas, Historic Preservation League, Dallas,1975
(with Lyn Dunsavage)

Introduction to American Design: Desert Southwest, Nora Burba and PaulaPanich
(Bantam Books, 1987)

Introduction to American Design: The Farmhouse, Chippy Irvine
(Bantam Books, 1987)

Introduction to American Design: The Townhouse, Chippy Irvine
(Bantam Books, 1988)

Introduction to American Design: The New England Colonial, Anne Elizabeth Powell
(Bantam Books, 1988)

Introduction to The Northwest. American Design, Linda Humphrey, Fred Albert, and Michael Jenson
(Bantam Books, 1989)

Introduction to Second Homes. American Design, Chippy Irvine and Billy Cunningham
(Bantam Books, 1990)

Foreward to The South. American Design, Mitzi Gammon and Jon Jenson
(Bantom Books, 1991)

“American Style” column in Country Home Magazine, 1988-95
(with Lee McAlester).

Among article titles were:
American Style, “The American Foursquare,” Country Home, Dec. 1987; pg. 19
American Style, “An American Gothic,” Country Home, Feb. 1988; pg. 10
American Style, “The Case of the Mysterious Identity,” Country Home, April, 1988; pg. 10
American Style, “A Tale of Two Styles,” Country Home, June 1988; pg. 12
American Style, “The Queen of House Design,” Country Home, August 1988; pg. 19
American Style, “Greek Revival Meets Federal Reserve,” Country Home, Oct. 1988; pg. 32
American Style, “An Elegant Southern I-House,” Country Home, Dec. 1988; pg. 35
American Style, “The Second Empire Strikes Back,” Country Home, Feb.1989; pg. 22
American Style, “The American Village Church,” Country Home, April 1989; pg. 40