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It feels like winter's right around the corner here in Massachusetts despite a beautiful and warm day earlier this week. The holiday season is approaching, and we've got great books arriving nearly every day. It's a good time to get a head start on filling your gift list!
We've been on the road recently, traveling to two great historic preservation conferences. First, we loaded up the trusty blue van and hit the highway for the APT Annual Conference
in New York City on October 11-15. We were happy to see many colleagues and old friends there at our booth!
Later that week, we headed down the road to the Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference
in Lexington, MA on Friday, October 18th. It was a great
conference for New England area preservationists, urban planners, and
other historic preservation professionals, and we were pleased to meet more local colleagues as well as grad students just beginning their careers in the field there.
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Featured Title of the Month - Houses Without Names: Architectural Nomenclature and the Classification of America's Common Houses by Thomas C. Hubka.
Thomas C. Hubka is best known as the author of Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn, a popular book on the connected farm buildings in rural New England. A noted architectural historian and trained architect, he has become an expert on American vernacular architecture. In his latest book, Hubka focuses on the millions of ordinary, largely working-class neighborhood houses that do not fall into the standard categories of recognized architectural style. These un-named homes make up the largest percentage of American housing in all regions and historic periods, yet continue to go unclassified and thus unrecognized for preservation purposes and ignored in local architectural histories.
In this book, Hubka also points out a weakness of the standard architectural style classification scheme, which focuses exclusively on the facade and exterior details of a building, ignoring both similarities and differences in interior plans between buildings of the same exterior style. To address this issue, he proposes a supplemental classification scheme based on 14 common floor plan prototypes. Hubka convincingly argues that any meaningful approach to classifying America's common houses must account for both interior and exterior house features. To fill this gap, he proposes a system for naming these common house styles and a methodology based on field surveys of existing houses in a local area to account for regional vernacular styles and variations that often get lost when relying on standard classifications.
Based on years of field observation, this book provides a working vocabulary for the study and appreciation of America's everyday houses. This is a much-needed, thoroughly researched, and thoughtful contribution to the field of architecture, architectural history and preservation.
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Window Preservation Standards by the Window Preservation Standards Collaborative, edited by John Leeke, and Save America's Windows, revised and expanded edition, by John Leeke.
Special Sale: Window Book Bundle! Buy both of these books from us and receive a 20% discount on the revised edition of Save America's Windows! (Discount applied upon order processing; both books must appear on the same order to receive this discount.)
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This fantastic book for the preservationist and window restoration and repair professional has just arrived in our shop, and it's quite impressive. The book was born from the efforts of five window experts--Bob Yapp, John Leeke (editor), Jim Turner, David Gibney, and Duffy Hoffman--who saw the need for a published collection of standards and best practices for window restoration, preservation, and repair. The project founders were joined by a group of over 100 contributors from across the U.S. and Canada to produce an invaluable resource for anyone who works with wooden windows.
Window Preservation Standards catalogs specific methods for the assessment, maintenance, repair,
preservation and weatherization of older and historic wooden windows.
Many detailed methods, procedures and materials are included, as well as
basic strategies for saving older and historic windows.
This collection of window preservation and repair standards are a must for the historic preservationist's bookshelf. The numerous illustrations are clear and helpful, and the methods presented are up to date and represent the current best practices in the field. The WPSC has done an excellent job with this publication, which is a useful and important contribution in the area of historic preservation.
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For the builder or do-it-yourselfer who is looking for clear, thorough instructions on wooden window repair and maintenance, American Preservationeer John Leeke has just published a newly revised and expanded version of his invaluable window textbook.
clear illustrations and a practical, no nonsense approach, this
title gives a succinct but effective overview to most aspects of
America's old and historic windows and their repair. In addition to describing methods of repairing and replacing weathered sills and damaged sash, Leeke reprints 19th century window construction details gleaned from contemporary trade manuals to provide additional information on historic building techniques to guide you.
John Leeke has once again raised the bar on presenting practical methods for the restoration of wood elements in period buildings with this useful and thorough guide.
P.S. For a more in-depth review of these two books, check out Clem Labine's latest blog post at the Traditional Building Web site.
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Old House Journal/Old House Interiors Reference Library Collection
Steven Schuyler Bookseller is proud to be the owner of the entire reference library of the famed period home restoration magazine Old House Journal and its sister publication, Old House Interiors. The collection, which starts off with a copy of Palladio Londoniensis: or the Art of London Building from 1734, and runs through to the latest publications from 2009.
Clem Labine, the magazine's originator, and his successor Patricia Poore generally bought visually interesting books with no thought of their potential value. But many of the titles in the collection have become quite rare. The collection offers an array of period works, from early Sweet's catalogs and nineteenth century pattern books to obscure titles on building materials and technologies, all gathered around the period house and its grounds.
If you have a particular
interest or "want", please let us know--we
may already have the item in stock (cataloged or not) or we may be able to find just the item you've been
Build for a Lifetime.
[Building]. trade catalog (Canadian Gypsum Company).
Canadian Gypsum Company Limited:
n.d. (ca. 1950).
Octavo, pp. 38, richly illustrated in color and b/w.. more
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