Victorian glory In San Francisco and the Bay Area

Paul Duchscherer

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Published
New York, N.Y. : Viking Studio c2001.
Language
English
Physical Description
200 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-197).
ISBN
0670893765
Main Author
Paul Duchscherer (-)
Other Authors
Douglas Keister (-)
Review by Choice Reviews

As a descriptor of architectural style, the term "Victorian" is extremely broad and all encompassing. However, in Victorian Glory, Duchscherer (Univ. of California) and photographer Keister provide a remarkably detailed examination of Victorian architecture--and its preservation--within a defined region. The book is based on a series of photographs that recount the procession of 19th-century building styles common in the Bay Area during this time frame. Styles include Gothic Revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Stick/Eastlake, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Shingle. Each chapter addresses a specific style, and begins with a detailed description of its universal history and characteristics. The book is accompanied by period pattern bookplates illustrating the diagnostic features of that style. Numerous exquisite color and black-and-white interior and exterior photographs of the region's architecture follow. One of the concluding chapters commemorates superb restorations, using contemporary and historical photographs taken from the same vantage point. These provide an interesting perspective on Bay Area architectural development. Victorian Glory's presentation and format make this work a definite, regional complement to such books as Linda E. Smeins's Building an American Identity: Pattern Book Names and Communities, 1870-1900 (CH, Nov'99) and Randolph Delehanty's In the Victorian Style (1991). Graduate students; faculty and researchers. Copyright 2002 American Library Association

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Features more than 260 color photographs and sections devoted to Victorian House planing, in a beautiful tribute to Victoran architecture and interior design in the San Fransisco and Bay Area, and celebrates the cumulative visual impact of all types of architecture in the region. 10,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Surveys Victorian house styles in San Francisco, looking at their history and architectural details.