Houses

An Architectural Guide

Charles O'Brien

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May 17, 2016
192 pages, 4 3/4 x 8 1/2
90 color + 50 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300215540
HC - Paper over Board

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An enthusiast’s guide to exploring historic houses of England, this informative book also enables readers to discover more about the history of their own houses. Users can learn to interpret domestic architecture, identify period styles, uncover the origins of a building, and understand why rooms are arranged in particular sequences, why window and chimney designs change through history, or why staircases are presented in a certain fashion. Color photography and informative line drawings illustrate the explanations and provide a rich visual history of domestic architecture from the earliest surviving dwellings to the most avant-garde developments.

Charles O'Brien is joint series editor of the Pevsner Architectural Guides. 

“The name Pevsner needs no introduction… this is an ideal book for anyone with an interest in historic houses — for the country house visitor looking for some architectural background, or for the lover of historic towns and villages who wants a clearer sense of the ways in which cities came to be the way they are, or for the owner of a period house who is on the lookout for guidance”—Philip Wilkinson, English Buildings

“Written in an informative, yet accessible way, this book will have you knowing the difference between Ionic and Doric columns in next to no time.”—Best of British Magazine

“This is a real tour de force, taking the reader from medieval open halls to modern housing developments in 192 closely-argued pages.” —Geoffrey Tyack, The Georgian

“Will become useful quick-reference companions… these almost pocket-sized volumes are an excellent starting point, the text and images admirably covering the basics without insulting the reader’s intelligence, while their well-designed pages make them handy reference guides, for that essential on the spot reminder of a difference between a stopped and a sunk chamfer.”—Judith Flanders, TLS
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