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THE PHILADELPHIA COUNTRY HOUSE: ARCHITECTURE AND LANDSCAPE IN COLONIAL AMERICA. Mark Reinberger and Elizabeth McLean. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2015. 464 pp. with 229 ills. (20 col.). 29 x 23 cm. LC 2014-39554 ISBN 9781421411637 In English.
Publisher's description: Colonial Americans, if they could afford it, liked to emulate the fashions of London and the style and manners of English country society while at the same time thinking of themselves as distinctly American. The houses they built reflected this ongoing cultural tension. By the mid-eighteenth century, Americans had developed their own version of the bourgeois English countryseat, a class of estate equally distinct in social function and form from townhouses, rural plantations, and farms. The metropolis of Philadelphia was surrounded by a particularly extraordinary collection of country houses and landscapes. Taken together, these estates make up one of the most significant groups of homes in colonial America. In this masterly volume, Mark Reinberger, a senior architectural historian, and Elizabeth McLean, an accomplished scholar of landscape history, examine the country houses that the urban gentry built on the outskirts of Philadelphia in response to both local and international economic forces, social imperatives, and fashion.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1600-1800 — Architecture
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 169455
Hardcover $69.95    

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