The Comfortable House: North American Suburban Architecture 1890-1930.

Cambridge: MIT Press, 1986. First trade edition. Cloth over Boards. Quarto, pp. xvii, 246, indexed, numerous illustrations in b/w. A title commissioned by Clem Labine and Patricia Poore. Portions of the text had been included in Old House Journal issues. Very Good in Good DJ. Item #22527

American suburban houses of this period represent a unique body of architecture that is much less known and studied than it deserves. This book shows these homes, many of which could be ordered directly from catalogs (Montgomery Ward, Sears, and Aladdin, among others), to be solid in workmanship and materials, open and sunny in layout, centrally heated, and equipped with many built-in amenities. The book also studies their appeal in a wider context, as visual metaphors for American ideals and values of the immediately post-frontier period.

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