American Country Building Design: Rediscovered Plans for 19th Century Farmhouses, Cottages, Landscapes, Barns, Carriage Houses & Outbuildings
American Country Building Design is not just another building plans catalog. Yes, the slim 160-page paperback has floor plans - dozens of them - winnowed from hundreds of 19th century pattern books, catalogs and farm journals. There are also more than 100 original etchings and detail drawings illustrating the charm and ingenuity of rural architecture in 19th century America.
Why this Book?
Even if you are not shopping for design ideas, American Country Building Designs
is a book you'll want to linger over. Each chapter combines historic drawings with a lively look at the ideas behind the buildings.
You learn that European-trained city architects often failed to meet the needs of farm families, that many 19th century home plans were designed by women, and that a unwritten customs determined where country homes should be placed and how they should be built.
Woven through the text is the recurring question: Is there a distinctly American style? An extensive bibliography lists resources for information on architectural styles, building history and traditions, farm buildings, folk art, pattern books and 19th century architecture.
About the Author
Author Donald J. Berg is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Society of Architectural Historians. His designs and articles have appeared in Traditional Building Magazine
, Old-House Journal
, Yankee Home
magazine and other publications. He is the author of Barns and Backbuildings
, How to Build in the Country
, and more than two dozen other books on historic building and landscape design. American Country Building Design
provides a nostalgic look at America's rural architecture in a format that is entertaining, enlightening and practical.
160 pages, paperback, Sterling Publishing, Inc., ISBN: 0806996749
The Bottom Line
American Country Building Design provides a nostalgic look at America's rural architecture in a format that is entertaining, enlightening and practical. If only this slim, 160 page paperback were a little longer!