Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2020. First edition. Color Pictorial Wraps. Small quarto, pp. xxvi, 261, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Includes a custom bookmark signed with original pen and ink drawing by the author. New. Item #20290
This book analyzes a period when millions of average Americans saw accelerated improvement in their housing and domestic conditions. It is a detailed narrative that traces changes in household hygiene, sociability, and privacy practices that launched large portions of the working classes into the middle class, reconfiguring and enriching the standard account of the domestic transformation of the American home. "This book is the most important study of common American houses to appear in the past half century. Thomas C. Hubka draws on a lifetime’s investigation of working-class houses in the decades before World War II to show us how and why the single-family houses of the contemporary ‘middle-majority’ sprung from these modest dwellings. Hubka has established an agenda that should engross architectural historians for years. " -- Dell Upton, author of American Architecture: A Thematic History. As with all of Hubka's books, very thought-provoking.