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L and artistic contextsNow here are the REAL standouts you will take away from this book First this is a study of what IS Not a study of what WAS or what COULD HAVE BEEN In other words the 250 sites included in this book are ALL still standing This is no directory of lost glory You can find ach and very structure mentioned in the book still standing today though many will be altered The author makes clear in his methodology that the building selection includes xtant farm and town structures built before 1835 Why 1835 The author concludes from close The Day Christ Was Born examination of stylisticvolution that regional characteristics largely disappear after that date An 1850s building in Harpers Ferry looks ssentially the same as an #1850S BUILDING IN SAN FRANCISCOSECOND THE #building in San FranciscoSecond the and graphics in this book are among the best I have ver seen Many of the colonial structures studied in the book are illustrated with archival HABS photographs but once we move past 1780 the photographs all monochrome are native to this book and are simply superb The photography of fine architectural details is world class The conjectural illustrations of so called restored The Seventh Witch elevations are beautiful and the plans are comprehensive These Within the picturesue borders of Jefferson County West Virginia remain the vestiges of a history filled with Civil War battles and political rebellion Yet also woven into the historical landscapeof this small county nestled within the Shenandoah Valley is an unusual collection of historic homes In this fascinating architecturalxploration John C Allen Jr details his And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake expansive seven year survey of Jefferson County's historic residences By focusing on dwellings built from the midighteenth century to the arrival of the railroad and canal in 1835 Allen unfolds the uniue story of this area's Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America early building traditions and architectural innovations The 250 buildings included in this work from the plantation homes of the Washington family to the log houses of yeomen farmers reveal the uniue development of this region as Allen categorizes structures andstablishes patterns of construction plan and styleAllen's refreshing perspective illuminates the vibrant vernacular architecture of Jefferson County connecting the housing of this area to the rich history of the Shenandoah Valley Varying features of house siting plan types construction techniues building materials outbuildings and xterior and interior detailing illustrate the blending of German Scots Irish English and African cultures into a distinct regional style Adorned with over seven hundred stylish photographs by Walter Smalling and legant drawings floor plans and maps by Andrew Lewis Uncommon Vernacular xplores and preserves this historic area's rich architectural heritage. ,
Iful and important study of historic houses in any county of West Virginia ver published I waited for two months for this book and I m absolutely stunned What a gorgeous volume author John Allen and West Virginia University Press have producedFirst let me briefly discuss the studied area Jefferson County West Virginia contains an normous stock of pre Civil War houses From the small stone houses of arly German settlers traveling down the Great Wagon Road to the grand Obsession estates of the Washington and Fairfax families to the townhouses of important merchants in Shepherdstown Charles Town and Harpers Ferry this book covers them all There s still so much to be discovered and restored in Jefferson County and this book does justice to that conceptRegarding the book itself this is NOT an architectural catalog and it is a study of domestic architecture houses not churches courthouses or other public structures It s written in a narrative style split into chapters dedicated to farm houses town houses construction techniues architectural details and interior design It s so comprehensive in its coverage of the builtnvironment that you might forget that it s not actually a catalog but a study of cultural historica. Within the picturesue borders of Jefferson County West Virginia remain the vestiges of #a history filled with Civil War battles and political rebellion Yet also woven into the historical #history filled with Civil War battles and political rebellion Yet also woven into the historical this small county nestled within the Shenandoah Valley is an unusual collection of historic homes In this fascinating architectural Cabaret: A Roman Riddle exploration John C Allen Jr details hisxpansive seven year survey of Jefferson County's historic residences By focusing on dwellings built from the mid ighteenth century to the arrival of the railroad and canal in 1835 Allen unfolds the uniue story of this area's arly building traditions and architectural innovations The 250 buildings included in this work from the plantation homes of the Washington family to the log houses of yeomen farmers reveal the uniue development of this region as Allen categorizes structures and stablishes patterns of construction plan and styleAllen's refreshing perspective illuminates the vibrant vernacular architecture of Jefferson County connecting the housing of this area to the rich history of the Shenandoah Valley Varying features of house siting plan types construction techniues building materials outbuildings and xterior and interior detailing illustrate the blending of German Scots Irish English and African cultures into a distinct regional style Adorned with over seven hundred stylish photographs by Walter Smalling and All Roads Lead Home elegant drawings floor plans and maps by Andrew Lewis Uncommon Vernacularxplores and preserves this historic area's rich architectural heritage. For anyone interested in architecture the "history of rural astern America or history in general this book is a wonderful glimpse at "of rural astern America or history in general this book is a wonderful glimpse at origins and vents that unfolded behind and in many cases dramatically shaped the rural and small town landscape that xists in Jefferson County West Virginia today This book is packed with beautiful and thought provoking pictures and illustrations that show not only the structures as th The finest county inventory I ve seen Minor uibbles The organization makes it asy to focus on a specific characteristic but very difficult to #Focus On An Individual #on an individual specially disappointing in the county with the documented work of John Arris and incredibly beautiful hall at Harewood The author s use of the term millwork to describe the hand planed and careful on site installation of decorative woodwork is a major solecism Uncommon Vernacular will live on in your bookcase and in your hand like Waterman s Mansions of Virginia and Early architecture of North Carolina for the value of its photographs long after much of its text is deemed outdated or dubious or both A fantastic must buy book Architectural historians rejoice This book presents the most comprehensive accurate beaut. Within the picturesue borders of Jefferson County West Virginia remain the vestiges of a history filled with Civil War battles and political rebellion Yet also woven into the historical landscapeof this small county nestled within the Shenandoah Valley is an unusual collection of historic homes In this fascinating architectural xploration John C Allen Jr details his xpansive seven year survey of Jefferson County's historic residences By focusing on dwellings built from the mid ighteenth century to the arrival of the railroad and canal in 1835 Allen unfolds the uniue story of this area's arly building traditions and architectural innovations The 250 buildings included in this work from the plantation homes of the Washington family to the log houses of yeomen farmers reveal the uniue development of this region as Allen categorizes structures and Just Cause establishes patterns of construction plan and styleAllen's refreshing perspective illuminates the vibrant vernacular architecture of Jefferson County connecting the housing of this area to the rich history of the Shenandoah Valley Varying features of house siting plan types construction techniues building materials outbuildings andxterior and interior detailing illustrate the blending of German Scots Irish English and African cultures into a distinct regional style Adorned with over seven hundred stylish photographs by Walter Smalling and legant drawings floor plans and maps by Andrew Lewis Uncommon Vernacular xplores and preserves this historic area's rich architectural heritage.