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American Design The Farmhouse
by Chippy Irvine, photographs by Dennis Krukowski

"This lavishly illustrated, oversize volume examines "the roots of our vernacular architecture," demonstrating how preservation can foster reclamation of farmland, vineyards and orchards, as well as restoration of antiquated farmhouses and efficiency buildings (stables, silos, wineries, etc.). Art & Antiques columnist Irvine traces varying geographical manifestations of "folk" dwellings Northeast stone and frame houses reflecting Puritan and Quaker mores; log cabins built to survive the rigors of subsistence farming and pioneering and their grander "styled" counterparts Greek and Gothic Revival, Italianate in the South and West. Descriptions of innovations like plumbing and wiring concealed in hollowed-out ceiling beams or a swimming pool designed to emulate a spring-fed pond add to the practicality of the text. But, a frustrating tendency for detailed captions to refer to objects either barely discernible or beyond the camera lens somewhat diminishes the functional value of the photographs." - Review from Publishers Weekly

Large hardback, 1987, 242pages, very good condition

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