New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. First edition. Paperback. Quarto, pp. xvii, 270, indexed, illustrated with b/w drawings. Very Good in Wraps. Item #17064
Vernacular architecture - that is, traditional architecture passed on to successive generations of builders and designers through the use of particular building elements and styles - forms the backbone of much contemporary architectural design. American vernacular design developed most rapidly from 1870 to 1940 as a result of the Industrial Revolution and the consequent standardization of components. This book is an illustrated glossary of the architectural elements that were most commonly used between the Civil War and World War II and of the generic building types into which these elements were most commonly incorporated. Whether you restore historical American architecture, are interested in the sociological implications of building design, sell houses built during this period, or just want to identify the houses and their components in your neighborhood, you'll find valuable information in this handy reference. From the Old House Journal reference library.