This is the best one-volume survey of American architecture on the market today, and it will long live…as a basic resource and authority.
The illustrations are excellent, the author’s writing style clear and easily comprehended.”
—Jean France, University of Rochester
In a country with such a hodgepodge f roots, Mr. Roth provides an extensive survey that helps explain and document our American architectural history.”
The most detailed and current survey in print, this book should prove a very useful reference for the many professionals and laypersons with an interest in American architecture,”
—Richard Lonstreth, Gerorge Washington University
I read the entire book with great interest. It is very well-presented and well-written.”
—Jeffery Howe, Boston College
A full, reliable, and up-to-date description, analysis, and interpretation of American buildings and their architects.”
A wide-ranging, substantive history of American architecture from the pre-Columbian to the postmodern. American Architecture introduces the reader to the major developments that shaped the American-built environment from before the Europeans to the present, from the everyday vernacular to the high style of aspiration. Leland M. Roth describes the impact of changes in conceptual imagery, style, building technology, landscape design, and town-planning theory throughout the nations history. Based on his acclaimed and influential Concise History of American Architecture (1980), this new book is double the length with twice as many illustrations, featuring expanded coverage of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, regional styles, and contemporary buildings and architects. The author charts the social, cultural, and political forces that shaped the growth and development of American towns, cities, and suburbs. In ten chapters with 612 illustrations, he provides a full, reliable, and up-to-date description, analysis, and interpretation of American buildings and their architects. The illustrations are integrated into the text and consist of photographs, drawings, plans, and maps.
Well-written and comprehensive, American Architecture is invaluable as guide, study, and reference.