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Dallas Historical Society:
1984 Award for Excellence, Humanities

San Antonio Conservation Society:
1984 Honor Award

American Library Association:
1984 Best Reference Book of 1984
(1 of 10 chosen)

National Trust for Historic Preservation:
1986 Honor Award

Texas Institute of Architects:
1987 Honorary Membership
1998 Flowers Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Architecture in the Media

Dallas County Heritage Society:
2006 Lifetime Achievement Award

University of Georgia:
2006 Inducted into the Honor Society of Sigma Pi Kappa

American Institute of Architects, Dallas Chapter:
2009 Honorary Membership



"A near miracle of clarity....Here is a book that will be a landmark in its own right." Wall Street Journal

"Complete and fascinating....A splendid compendium." New York Times

"[The authors] have produced a splendid compendium. Although they concentrate primarily on single-family dwellings...the number of design variations listed is formidable. They have painstakingly dissected such styles as Colonial, Folk, Eclectic and Modern into subcategories and variants....The many photographs, however, provide the real charm of the book. Here are the ordinary houses of America's suburbs and the surviving gems of decaying city neighborhoods. Here are the Midwestern Prairie-style houses, the Western adobes, the Eastern Victorians and the Colonial Revival houses of Texas." Dona Guimaraes, The New York Times Book Review

"A treasure trove of information." Washington Post

"The best field guide to American residential architecture that has ever been published and likely to remain so for many years. Its superiority is obvious from the most cursory examination/" Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

"One of the most informative guides published in years." Chicago Sun-Times

"The best guide you'll ever find to American houses." Denver Post

”An architecture guide that really works.” Preservation

”This is one of those special books which really is for everyone—whether you’re a preservationist, historian, or someone who just loves to take weekend strolls and admire old houses.” Old House Journal

"Truly one of the great books of the season....In this prodigious work of scholarship the synthesis is admirable and meticulously executed, the command of the material is impressive, the style always clear and readable." Wendell Garrett, editor and publisher of Antiques Magazine