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Prodigy Houses of Virginia: Architecture and the Native Elite

Prodigy Houses of Virginia: Architecture and the Native Elite

Prodigy Houses of Virginia: Architecture and the Native Elite

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Mooney, Barbara Burlison

Cl. Charlottesville, 2008

Book ID: 75854

This book concerns itself less with issues of design and construction than with the social and cultural context in which the Virginia gentry commissioned their imposing dwellings. In her examination of such places as Stratford Hall, Carter's Grove, and Gunston Hall - mansions whose grandeur has become synonymous with the image, if not the reality, of life in Colonial Virginia - Mooney illuminates the fortunes, motivations, and aspirations of the wealthy and powerful owners who built their "homes" with the objective of securing their status and impressing the public.

366 pp., 147 B&W illus.