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Houses without Names: Architectural Nomenclature and the Classification of America's Common Houses (Vernacular Architecture Studies)

Houses without Names: Architectural Nomenclature and the Classification of America's Common Houses (Vernacular Architecture Studies)

Houses without Names: Architectural Nomenclature and the Classification of America's Common Houses (Vernacular Architecture Studies)

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Hubka, Thomas. Houses without Names: Architectural Nomenclature and the Classification of America's Common Houses (Vernacular Architecture Studies)

Pap. Univ. of Tennessee. 2013

Book ID: 95984

In countless neighborhoods across America, the streets are lined with houses representing no established architectural style. Many of the 80 million homes in the United States today have only loose-fitting, general names like ranch, duplex, bungalow, and flat. Most, however, cannot even be identified by these common names, much less by an architectural type such as Colonial, Italianate, or Queen Anne. The few regionally recognized vernacular termsÑ shotgun, Cape (Cod), three-decker, and the likeÑremain exceptions rather than the rule. In this innovative, copiously illustrated guide, Thomas C. Hubka considers why most ordinary, working-class houses lack an adequate identifying nomenclature and proposes new ways to name and classify these anonymous structures, shedding a fresh light on their role in the development of American domestic culture and its housing landscape.

128 pp. 

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