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The modern American house : spaciousness and middle-class identity

Author: Sandy Isenstadt
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014. ©2006
Series: Modern architecture and cultural identity.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First paperback editionView all editions and formats
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In The Modern American House, Sandy Isenstadt examines how architects, interior designers, and landscape designers worked to visually enhance spatial perception in middle-class houses. The desire for spaciousness reached its highest pitch where it was most lacking, in the small, single-family houses that came to be the cornerstone of middle-class life in the nineteenth century. In direct conflict with actual  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sandy Isenstadt
ISBN: 9781107675063 1107675065
OCLC Number: 881204443
Awards: Winner of Spiro Kostof Award 2009
Description: xvi, 327 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction : spaciousness, history of a visual effect --
1. small house era --
2. production of spaciousness --
3. Spacious interiors --
4. Looking at landscape --
5. Class horizons --
6. "The view it frames" : a history of the picture window --
7. Cultivated vistas --
8. ruler and the eye : the compensations of spaciousness --
9. Conclusion : this excellent dumb discourse.
Series Title: Modern architecture and cultural identity.
Responsibility: Sandy Isenstadt.

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Although rarely addressed in a sustained fashion by theorists and practitioners, and the inhabitants of houses themselves, Isenstadt argues that spaciousness was central to the development of modern  Read more...

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