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The Elements of Style: An Encyclopedia of Domestic Architectural Detail Hardcover – Sep 8 2005

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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; Revised and expanded edition (Sept. 8 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554070791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554070794
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 4.4 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #564,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book offers comprehensive visual evidence of most of the styles of architecture and interior design that have influenced America and Britain since the Renaissance. It is arranged by period style and indexed by specific design features (staircases, windows, and stoves, for example) through the use of color tabs on right-hand pages. Each period is handled by a separate expert. The glossaries of suppliers and the restoration/maintenance information will appeal to historic preservationists. Altogether, this is an impressive reference work for architects, interior designers, and historians who need a quick fix on a specific style, feature, or detail.
- Peter Kaufman, Boston Coll.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


One of the most borrowed books in our library... Not sure which light fixtures complement a Craftsman? You'll find out here. (This Old House)

An outstanding and economical single-volume resource... Summing Up Highly recommended. (R.T. Clement Choice)

[Recommended title by the staff of Fine Homebuilding, Special Anniversary edition] (Fine Homebuilding)

Visual feast of domestic architectural styles... It is truly a scholarly work, but also an accessible one that can be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates beautiful design or is intrigued by the domestic lives of past generations... extraordinary detail. (Jane Gadd Globe and Mail 2006-01-27)

An indispensable tool for architects, designers, historians, or indeed anyone interested in residential design and the history of domestic architecture... Domestic architectural detail can inspire with beauty and grace. (Western Roofing)

Teeming with illustrations of representative doors, windows, fireplaces and other structural/decorative elements... capturing each period in lively and penetrating detail... an excellent reference. (David Soltész Library Journal)

A welcome addition to the coffee tables or libraries of professional designers, architecture buffs and, for that matter, anyone who has even a passing interest in how homes have evolved over the centuries. (Globe and Mail 2005-12-10)

Great for someone restoring a period home because it tells what fits a certain style and what doesn't... would give someone planning a home a lot of looks and styles to consider. (Deborah Donovan Arlington Heights Daily Herald 2005-12-04)

Essentially a reference volume, but a pleasurable one to read... every page is peppered with color photographs, line drawings and black-and-white archival images that bring the architectural elements to life. (Cheryl Cornacchia Montreal Gazette 2005-12-03)

No detail is overlooked... A necessary reference work for those interested in residential architectural history. It's pleasurable eye candy for everyone else. (Peggy Mackenzie Toronto Star 2005-12-01)

A perfect gift for the architecture junkie in your life... color-coded tabs for quick reference to 500 years of architectural details and styles with illustrations and photographs. (Jenn Houlihan Style at Home)

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Format: Hardcover
By far the most valuable book in my collection. Whether one is in the building/design/restoration industry, working in theatre/film or a writer this book gives you definitive clear information. I've had my copy for years it goes with me to most most shows I paint, it gets pulled out regularly when I need detail for a story and is the one book I won't lend. I'm astonished no one has reviewed this book. It's also a great coffee table book or if you just adore buildings. It is a wonderful crash course in western architecture (I wish some one would write a similar book on eastern architecture). It was worth every penny.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa839fbac) out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Book Detailing Period Styles Nov. 17 2006
By Antiques R4 Me - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Great historical reference book detailing period styles of everything from windows to fireplace mantels. Lots of photos - many of them in color. Also includes useful drawings. I found this book to be EXTREMELY helpful, and I reference it often; worth every penny!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa839d210) out of 5 stars Beautiful March 21 2007
By jojobean - Published on Amazon.com
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This book contains many beautiful pictures, which are key to defining period style furniture adn architecture. The chapters are clearly defined and arranged in a logical, easy to use manner. It is a must for anyone seeking a career in Historical Preservation.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8498fd8) out of 5 stars Excellent resource June 29 2007
By M. Brooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is an invaluable resource for restoration work and new construction, where clients want something that 'authentic' to a particular era.
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HASH(0xa89eecd8) out of 5 stars The Best Feb. 12 2011
By Dylan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazing. It literally takes you through every single time era since Baroque and breaks down all the design aspects of interior and exterior design. It's an amazing buy if you want to see a lot of pictures and not as much words. They show both a drawn picture of everything and a real picture of everything to show how something might be seen on a blueprint. It's an amazing book for those who are just entering the design world but perhaps also those who have been in the world for a while and want to challenge themselves by recreating the perfect Tutor Arch or Gothic Vaulting. I highly recommend it.
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HASH(0xa9379c60) out of 5 stars A Wonderful Reference Guide Dec 12 2008
By S. Ricker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonderful reference guide that includes everything from architectural elements to interior decor. This is an invaluable reference as it not only has hundreds of high-quality color photos, but has many elements in the form of line drawings.