Architecture and design buffs will want to clear space on their coffee tables for The Iconic American House: Architectural Masterworks since 1900, published by Thames & Hudson. The 320-page tome from author Dominick Bradbury and photographer Richard Powers with nearly 500 color illustrations offering a truly impressive array of architectural excellence.
The book features 50 of the most important, innovative, timeless, and recognizable houses built in the United States since the beginning of the 20th century, from Palm Springs to Long Island and all points in between; and it includes the work of some of the world’s greatest architects, including Walter Gropius, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
“The houses in this book chart a journey across America and across time, embracing many different aesthetics and expressions of form,” Bradbury writes in the book’s introduction. “Yet they are all iconic houses, meaning that they have an influence and resonance that goes well beyond the original brief and artistic conception."
"They are shining landmarks within an American architectural dreamland," he notes, "one that is full of life, drama, and invention.” The houses showcased in the book "share a remarkable sensitivity to site and context; appreciation of local materials; and experimentation with form, materials, and technology."
Alongside the stunning photos, there are floor plans, drawings, and architect biographies, making the book "an essential resource for design aficionados, industry professionals, students, and anyone who dreams of building a house of their own someday."
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