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The American Townhouse
Kevin D. Murphy
0810959151
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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Washington Post, September 8, 2005
"Here's a gorgeous coffee-table book that's also a great read...It's full of rich regional and architectural history."

Boston Globe, September 11, 2005
"The book...offers an engaging history along with stunning photographs of each building...Murphy's book is an interesting read."

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Assassination Vacation
Sarah Vowell
0743260031
April 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. What do you get when a woman who's obsessed with death and U.S. history goes on vacation? This wacky, weirdly enthralling exploration of the first three presidential assassinations. Vowell (The Partly Cloudy Patriot), a contributor to NPR's This American Life and the voice of teenage superhero Violet Parr in The Incredibles, takes readers on a pilgrimage of sorts to the sites and monuments that pay homage to Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley, visiting everything from grave sites and simple plaques (like the one in Buffalo that marks the place where McKinley was shot) to places like the National Museum of Health and Medicine, where fragments of Lincoln's skull are on display. An expert tour guide, Vowell brings into sharp focus not only the figures involved in the assassinations, but the social and...


Houses of the Berkshires, 1870-1930 (The Architecture of Leisure)
Samuel G. White (Foreword), et al
092649435X
April 15, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
"Houses of the Berkshires" surveys 35 of the most renowned resort estates of Lenox and Stockbridge, Massachusetts, designed by nationally-known firms, including McKim, Mead & White, Carrere and Hastings, and Frederick Law Olmsted. The client list included lawyer and Ambassador Joseph Choate, inventor George Westinghouse, and novelist-social observer Edith Wharton. Illustrated with over 300 archival photographs and floor plans, the book uniquely chronicles a distinctive social and literary colony and now vanished way of life.


Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong
James W. Loewen
0684870673
November 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Little seems to delight historian James W. Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, more than picking apart the cherished myths of American history. Few Americans study history after high school--instead, Loewen writes, they turn to novels and Oliver Stone movies to learn about the past. And they turn to the landscape, to roadside historical markers, guidebooks, museums, and tours of battlefields, childhood homes, and massacre sites. If you were to trust those sources, Loewen suggests, you would learn, erroneously, that the first airplane flight took place not at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, but at Pittsburg, Texas. "It must be true--an impressive-looking Texas state historical marker says so!" Loewen chortles.

In these entertaining pages, Loewen takes a region-by-region tour of the United States, pointing out...



Federal Style Patterns 1780-1820 with CD-Rom
MaryBeth Mudrick, Lawrence D. Smith
0471694193
February 1, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The detailed, clearly illustrated guide to federal patterns

Federal Style Patterns 1780-1820 is a single-source book of pattern drawings illustrating the form, character, scale, and proportion of Federal Style ornament and detail built in New England primarily from 1780 to 1820.

Conveniently organized in sections for cornices, door and window casings, chair rails, baseboards, mantels, and fences, Federal Style Patterns 1780-1820 features 300 detailed line drawings that are useful to architects, interior designers, and preservationists. An accompanying CD-ROM contains the drawings in the following formats: vector PDF, Postscript, DXF for PC, and PowerCadd for Mac.

Federal Style Patterns 1780-1820 offers architects and interior designers a fresh look at this uniquely...



Stone Houses
Margaret Bye Richie
0847826872
May 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Stone Houses is a unique presentation of a beloved building tradition in one of the most charming and historically significant regions in the nation. Part of the original Pennsylvania Colony, founded in 1682, Bucks County is important not only as an early English colony in America but also as a crucial site in the struggle for American independence. Architectural historians Margaret Bye Richie and Gregory D. Huber and photographer Geoffrey Gross survey twenty-four houses and barns dating from this early period, detailing their English Cotswold vernacular style and distinctive construction from local stone.
Among the fascinating and delightful buildings included in Stone Houses are McConkey's Ferry Inn (ca. 1750s), Washington's headquarters on the night of his historic crossing over the Delaware River, as well...


A Richer Heritage: Historic Preservation in the Twenty-First Century
Robert E. E. Stipe
0807854514
July 2003
Textbook Paperback
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Review
[This book] has been assembled by one of the long-time leading figures in the field and includes entries by some of the most important and knowledgeable practitioners. This new volume is fascinating reading for anyone interested in preservation and its history. (William R. Chapman, University of Hawaii at Manoa)
Offers a current framework for understanding the American preservation movement and how it is evolving within the context of government policies and legislation, the changing values of American culture, and the economic realities of preservation. (Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll, University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

Book Description
In this "best practices" volume for students, professionals, and policy makers, 15 essays by leading scholars and professionals explore the...


The Dream Palaces of Hollywood's Golden Age
David Wallace, Juergen Nogai (Photographer)
0810955431
April 1, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Bestselling author and Hollywood historian David Wallace unveils 25 enchanting buildings and homes from Hollywood's glorious Golden Age. Hollywood buffs and architecture enthusiasts alike will savor this in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the histories of these spectacular structures, as well as the titillating revelations about many of their famous occupants. Each restored to its original grandeur, the buildings here-from private homes to theaters, hotels, restaurants, and hot spots of the day-are showcased in 200 sumptuous photographs, all specially commissioned for this book, as well as rare historic shots. The intimate portraits of these famed spaces-including the homes of Hollywood superstars such as Cary Grant, Gloria Swanson, Cecil B. DeMille, and Charlie Chaplin, plus locations like Grauman's Chinese Theater...


Assassination Vacation
Sarah Vowell
074326004X
January 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. What do you get when a woman who's obsessed with death and U.S. history goes on vacation? This wacky, weirdly enthralling exploration of the first three presidential assassinations. Vowell (The Partly Cloudy Patriot), a contributor to NPR's This American Life and the voice of teenage superhero Violet Parr in The Incredibles, takes readers on a pilgrimage of sorts to the sites and monuments that pay homage to Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley, visiting everything from grave sites and simple plaques (like the one in Buffalo that marks the place where McKinley was shot) to places like the National Museum of Health and Medicine, where fragments of Lincoln's skull are on display. An expert tour guide, Vowell brings into sharp focus not only the figures involved in the assassinations, but the social and...


Saving South Beach
M. Barron Stofik
0813029023
Dec 2005
Hardcover
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Washington Post, January 3, 2005
Exceptionally interesting...implications that go far beyond the boundaries of the square mile that is the Miami Beach historic district.

Miami Herald, Jan. 24, 2006
part of the estimable Florida History and Culture series

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Half-Life 2: Raising the Bar
David Hodgson
0761543643
November 23, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
·Unprecedented access behind Half-Life and Half-Life 2
·A forward by Valve founder Gabe Newell
·Hundreds of art, design, preproduction, and other art pieces crammed into the book
·Over a dozen key members of Valve's staff interviewed
·Officially approved by Valve
·Behind City 17 and other locations
·The development of the Source engine
·A rogue's gallery of beasts, characters, and monstrosities
·Key weapons development revelations
·A tour of many of the game's locations, from inception to completion
·Filled with art, screens, and anecdotes from the Valve team


Giving Preservation a History
Max Page
0415934435
Dec 2003
Paperback
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Review
This feisty, necessary, and useful book is like a visit to Williamsburg conducted jointly by Saul Alinsky and Carroll Meeks. Only better, because its essays represent points of view all along the intervening spectrum, but have in common a desire for the information offered to incite a beneficial outcome. This is no weary recital of preservation lore, but a call to consider an informed action. No one should accept trusteeship of the National Trust, or a local land trust, or a superintendency of a national or state park without a copy of this book in their kitbag. The writing is all good, and in some cases, such as the authors' introduction, eloquent.–Roger G. Kennedy, Director Emeritus, the National Museum of American History, and author of Mr. Jefferson's Lost Cause

Preservation has a long and interesting...



Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America's Hallowed Ground
Jeff Shaara
0345464885
April 2006
Paperback
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From Booklist
Shaara is the author of two "nonfiction novels" that completed the Civil War trilogy begun by his late father, Michael, with the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Killer Angels (2001). Here Shaara provides a guide to 10 of the most significant Civil War battlefields. He begins with the first great bloodletting at Shiloh, and he concludes with Petersburg, a sustained seige with World War I-style trench warfare. Shaara superbly provides context for the actual battles by describing the physical settings as well as the military environment that precipitated the battles. Shaara is at his best, however, in describing the ebb and flow of the fighting. He describes in vivid--and often necessarily gruesome--detail episodes like the death of Albert Johnston at Shiloh, the famed charge of the 20th Maine at Gettysburg, and the...


Courthouses of Minnesota (Minnesota Byways)
Mary Logue, Doug Ohman (Photographer)
0873515501
May 1, 2006
Hardcover
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The Honorable Esther M. Tomljanovich, retired Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court
"Any student of architecture, law, history, or one who just appreciates good writing and beautiful photographs will enjoy this book."

Book Description
They stand at once as silent reminders of time past as well as the hub of our daily lives. They are the focus of activity in every county—the site of political speeches, holiday parades, and community picnics. They are the courthouses of Minnesota’s eighty-seven counties. Writes author Mary Logue, “With a clock tower, the courthouse becomes metaphor, literally the ticking heart at the center of a county.”


Historic Preservation for a Living City
Robert R. Weyeneth
1570033536
Apr 2000
Hardcover
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Very New Orleans: A Celebration of History, Culture, and Cajun Country Charm
Diana Hollingsworth Gessler
1565124472
November 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The exquisite antebellum mansions of the Garden District. Giant oaks stretching across boulevards and back in time to before the Civil War. The decadence of Bourbon Street. The vibrant sounds of jazz, blues, and Cajun music coming from every doorway or right from the street. Lacy iron balconies that wrap around the historic buildings of the French Quarter. A leisurely meal under a canopy of wisteria.

In vibrant watercolors and detailed sketches, artist Diana Gessler captures the unique charm that makes New Orleans alluring: Mardi Gras, the Cabildo, Jackson Square, the Court of the Two Sisters, St. Louis Cemetery, the Jazz Festival, the River Road Plantations, the Cajun country, sumptuous Creole cuisine, and Audubon’s Aquarium of the Americas. In fascinating detail—on everything from the making of...


Architecture Pop-Up Book
Anton Radevsky
0789311887
November 2004
Pop Up Book
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Book Description
The Architecture Pop-Up Book is a magnificent journey through history. Featuring amazing three-dimensional replications of famous buildings from ancient to modern times, the book showcases artwork, photographs, pop-ups and detailed text of the ancient Egyptian pyramids and Mesopotamian ziggurats; the great constructions of Greece and Rome, such as the Parthenon and the Colosseum; majestic Asian wonders, including the Taj Mahal and the Hagiá Sophiá; Gothic and Neoclassical masterpieces, from Notre Dame and the Florence Duomo to the Houses of Parliament and Monticello; and the work of such important modern architects as Gaudí, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Frank Gehry. From a brilliantly elaborate Gothic cathedral nave to a telescoping Chrysler Building skyscraper, the talent and imagination of architects...


From Statehouse to Courthouse
Carl R. Lounsbury
1570033781
Jan 2001
Hardcover
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Traveller's History of Italy
Valerio Lintner
1566565219
September 2003
Paperback
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Midwest Book Review
The history of Italy is central to the European experience. Through the supremacy of Rome, Italy enjoyed its greatest influence, as Roman power stretched from the Atlantic to the Borders of Mesopotamia, and from the Scottish Lowlands to the Sahara Desert. Italy remains a land of fascinating history and immense diversity of people and culture. The country's northern regions are thoroughly European, while its southern extremities are almost North African in character and climate. A Traveller's History Of Italy moves from Italy's pre-historic and Etruscan civilizations, through the Roman Empire and the Renaissance, the creation of modern Italy, fascism and World War II, and the role of Italy in today's Europe, including the political crises of the early 1990s. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable...


Lady on the Hill : How Biltmore Became an American Icon
Howard E. Jr. Covington
0471758183
March 10, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Set amid thousands of lushly landscaped acres in the North Carolina mountains, the Biltmore estate is a 250-room Gilded Age mansion stuffed to the rafters with objets d'art. Writing a very authorized business history rather than an architectural appreciation, journalist Covington celebrates the estate's transformation from quasifeudal folly to lucrative tourist mecca. Built in 1895 by George Vanderbilt, who played lord of the manor to hundreds of tenant farmers and servants, the estate passed in the 1960s to his grandson William Cecil, whose tight-fisted budgets, canny marketing initiatives and rapt attention to customer service turned it into a profitable museum of robber-baron privilege, selling more tickets than Colonial Williamsburg. The author's sycophantic account of this not unduly exciting saga is mainly...


Structural Renovation of Buildings
Alexander Newman
0070471622
Sept 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
Make any renovation job go smoother. Building renovation, conservation and reuse represents more than half of all construction work - and is projected to increase to 80% by 2004. Structural Renovation of Buildings, by Alexander Newman, puts a single, convenient source of information about all aspects of structural renovation and strengthening of buildings at your fingertips. While its focus is largely on low and midrise buildings, you can apply the principles it clarifies to buildings of any size - steel-framed, masonry, or wood. Whether you're repairing deteriorated concrete...rehabilitating slabs on grade...strengthening lateral-load resisting systems...renovating a building facade...handling seismic upgrades or fire damage, you'll find this time-and-trouble-saving guide loaded with practical tips, methods,...


Colonial House
Hugh Howard
0810943395
March 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
For anyone who has dreamed of living in a Colonial-style home, this showcase of Colonial Williamsburg standouts is an irresistible wish book. And for the home design do-it-yourselfer, it is even more than that. Domestic design and construction expert and award-winning historic preservation writer Hugh Howard provides a tour of favorite Colonial Williamsburg restorations that will fast become a primary resource of ideas and no-nonsense information. This magnificent treasury presents each house in beautiful new color photographs and an easy-to-read floor plan, revealing all the characteristic architectural details that define the Williamsburg style. Relating the stories of the restoration projects that gave these structures new life, this book covers large and elegant dream houses along with equally charming smaller...


Urban Planning Conservation and Preservation
Nahoum Cohen
0071375848
Oct 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
*Covers rehabilitation and preservation of buildings and entire neighborhoods*Analyzes the key elements of the urban environment*600 beautiful full-color photos enrich the text

Book Info
Covers rehabilitation and preservation of buildings and entire neighborhoods. Analyzes the key elements of the urban environment. Full-color photos included. Softcover.

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Illustrated Dictionary of Architectural Preservation
Ernest E. Burden
0071428380
Jan 2004
Paperback
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District Line, Spring 2004
defines building types, components and construction techniques...lists firms that have designed or restored structures from Vitruvius...to the present.

Review
District Lines : Burden defines building types, components and construction techniques (from abrasion to zonolite concrete) and lists firms that have designed or restored structures from Vitruvius in the first century B.C. E. to the present.
American Reference Books Annual : This volume is a delight to look at. It is well laid out and has a number of black-and-white illustrations on each page to complement the terms being defined. Organized in a handy A to Z format, entries include not only information about well-known architects, but also illustrated examples of major buildings. Users can...


Windows on Nature: The Great Habitat Dioramas of the American Museum of Natural History
Stephen C. Quinn
0810959402
April 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
New York City's American Museum of Natural History is a national treasure, attracting four million visitors annually. Its dioramas-a dazzling mixture of nature, science, and art-have inspired young and old alike, and are world-renowned examples of the unique diorama craft: art in the service of science. Now, in the only book of its kind, readers get an insider's view of these "windows on nature," witnessing their creation step by meticulous step.More than forty of the museum's finest dioramas are featured here, depicting the fauna and flora of myriad ecological environments. Stephen Quinn, a diorama artist at the museum, introduces the explorers, naturalists, painters, sculptors, taxidermists, and conservationists behind these three-dimensional marvels, and explains how their collaborations make the displays so...


Repairing Old and Historic Windows : A Manual for Architects and Homeowners
New York Landmarks Conservancy
0471144185
March 1, 1992
Paperback
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Book Description
Repairing Old and Historic Windows Windows are a common problem in nearly every rehabilitation project—should they be repaired or must they be replaced? What can be done to repair a water-damaged sill? Can a window be retrofitted with storm windows? How can windows be replaced while still maintaining their historical integrity? Repairing Old and Historic Windows explores these questions and provides detailed information on how to go about refurbishing windows within current preservation standards. Written for homeowners, architects, builders, engineers, and preservationists, Repairing Old and Historic Windows is the complete and authoritative guide to window maintenance and repair. Chapters focus on window problems, including deterioration, weather damage, paint problems, and condensation; window maintenance,...

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