Everyday Architecture of the Mid-Atlantic
Looking at Buildings and Landscapes
With more than 300 illustrations and photographs, Everyday Architecture of the Mid-Atlantic explores the character of pre-1940 domestic and agricultural buildings in the towns and rural landscapes of southern New Jersey, Delaware, and coastal Maryland and Virginia. Approaching their subject "archaeologically," the authors examine the "layers" of a structure's past to show how it has changed over time and to reveal telling details about its occupants and the community in which they lived. The book provides architectural information as well as a working methodology for anyone wanting to explore and learn from traditional architecture and landscapes.
The authors conclude that, as a vital cultural artifact, the distinctive architecture of the mid-Atlantic needs to be identified, recorded, and preserved. Everyday Architecture of the Mid-Atlantic gives proof to the insights architecture offers into who we are culturally as a community, a region, and a nation.
About the Authors
"A first-rate book . . . Profusely illustrated with an excellent selection of drawings and photographs . . . It will be of great use to everyone interested in our built environment."—Maryland Historical Magazine
"Everyday Architecture of the Mid-Atlantic departs from well-traveled roads to explore the less-celebrated architecture of New Jersey, Deleware, and coastal Maryland and Virginia. The authors use more than 300 illustrations to show readers how to date buildings such as suburban houses that have been through many redesigns and expansions."—Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Finally, a guidebook of historic architecture that treats whole country, not a particular state, but a natural geographical division—a region."—M. Ruth Little , Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
"This book is important new scholarship for those interested in material culture and vernacular architecture."—Judith K. Major, American Historical Review
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