From the earliest colonial styles to current designs that honor and reflect the past, Roots of Home is a visually stunning journey tracing the development of today's traditional homes.
Russell Versaci takes us back to the beginning, when our ancestors built homes that were steeped in their Old World roots and tempered by New World realities. As they settled new territories, these pioneers carried the homes of their fathers with them like a touchstone. They created new towns on the frontier by building houses similar to the ones they left behind, but suited to the new climates and materials they encountered.
From coast to coast, you'll enjoy a fascinating tour of old New England, the Chesapeake Bay, the Florida peninsula, Mississippi valley, California and the Southwest borderlands -- as you learn how culture, history, and a unique mix of indigenous qualities shaped the classic styles to evolve in each place.Download your copy today!
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SKU HDS67077811 Table Of Contents
Footprints of the Past as Blueprints for the Future
Ten Colonial Cradles of Home
Our Spanish Heritage
Souls for God, Gold for Country
Florida Peninsula: St. Augustine Style
Southwest Borderlands: Spanish Mission Revival
Alta California: Spanish Colonial Revival
Our French Heritage
River Roads, Indian Allies
Mississippi Valley: French Creole Cottage
Gulf Coast: French Colonial Plantation House
Our English Heritage
Cavaliers, Puritans, and Beggars
Chesapeake Bay: Maryland Manor Houses
New England: Connecticut River Valley Colonial
Carolina Low Country: Anglo-Caribbean Plantation
Carolina Low Country: Charleston Single House
Our Continental Heritage
Free Trade, Log Cabins, and Brotherly Love
Delaware Valley: Swedish Log Cabin
Hudson Valley: Dutch Colonial Revival
Delaware Valley: Pennsylvania Dutch Farmhouse
Southwest Borderlands: Texas German Hill Country Ranch
Directory of Architects
Intro Good bones come from building traditions that have been refined by generations of builders in places with a distinct cultural heritage. Think of visiting an old town such as Nantucket, Charleston, Santa Fe, or New Orleans.
What makes these places so special? We marvel at the weathered cottages of Nantucket, the classical piazzas of Charleston, the pink adobe walls of Santa Fe, or the lacy ironwork of New Orleans and realize that classic house styles are what define the character of the places we love.
But where did these styles come from? What makes each one so different? Classic styles were born from a mix of cultural heritage, climate, geography, and natural resources that are unique to a place. I call these historical forces the 'roots of home.' They have shaped traditions that are the hallmarks of America's favorite places. They are the starting point for building new houses in authentic styles -- 'new old houses' -- that complement the places we love.
In America, we have four centuries of building traditions to explore that provide the rootstock for creating new old houses. From coast to coast, there are regional vernacular styles, such as the New England saltbox, the Pennsylvania stone farmhouse, the Gulf Coast raised cottage, the Texas rock house, and the California casa. Each provides a rich source of inspiration for new homes that are timeless classics.
Since colonial times, classic styles have evolved as successive generations have adapted old styles to meet new needs. It is no different today. A new old house should fit into its surroundings, be built to last for generations, and also suit our modern lives by interpreting old traditions in creative new ways.When we create a new old house, we carry the seeds of the past into the present. To get the details right, we need to understand the origins of American building traditions. To understand the roots of home, we need to begin with history.
Video No Author Russell Versaci ISBN 978-1-56158-867-1 Publication Year 2009 Pages 288 Photo 300 Drawings 35 Video Download No Other Formats 70910 Cover PDF Download Format eBook (PDF)
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