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Object ID 2004.35.07
Title What Style is it?
Object Name Book
Author The Preservation Press National Trust for Historic Preservation
Published Date 1983
Description A guide to American Architecture.

From the back of the book:

American Institute of Architects
How many of the architectural styles on the front cover could you identify? Unless you scored 100 percent-and especially if you're in the habit of labeling all old buildings either "colonial" or "Victorian"-What Style Is It? will finally put to rest your questions about American architectural styles. As the examples here clearly show, at least two dozen major styles have shaped the buildings that surround us. (And "colonial" and "Victorian" are not really styles, as the authors explain.) But our buildings remain a mystery to many people. When was it built? Why does it look that way? What style is it? Questions such as these are answered in this portable guide to 300 years of American architecture. Now in a new edition designed for easy identification of buildings on the road or at home, What Style Is It? gives a unique overview of America's architectural styles. Individual chapters on 22 of the most important styles provide a concise look at the history and appearance of each style.

"If you're confused by the differences between Stick and Shingle, or Queen Anne and Italianate, you may need What Style Is It?, a picture and prose handbook [that] strips away the mysteries of architectural nomenclature."

-- Chicago Tribune