Ultra Luxury Custom Home Bibliography, Manors, Villas and Estates

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Bibliography: Classical Architecture for the American Luxury Home

Creating the American Luxury Home Available now on CD- rom. (click below left) This is a history of the luxury home with sections on working with an architect and builder, style, modern and traditional approaches, etc.  Also, companion volume: Dream Home Design Questionnaire and Planning Kit (click right below, available as PDF file via email)

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The following titles are selected from sources consulted in writing 'Creating the American Luxury Home' (see Design Questionnaire at left) and from other books collected over several years of research, all of which will instruct and enlighten anyone interested in the rhetoric of architecture, and particularly the history and evolution of the luxury home from shelter to palace to estate. ( books not listed in order of preference) Colcapital.BMP (21184 bytes)

Virtue and Magnificence, Alison Cole, 1995 Harry N. Abrams

Italian Villas and Their Gardens, Edith Wharton, 1904 Da Capo Press, Inc.

Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, 1994 Princeton University Press

The American Country House, Clive Aslet, 1990

Matters of Proportion, Richard Marlitt, 1989 Oregon Historical Society Press

The Natural House, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1954 Horizon Press

American House Now, Susan Doubilet Daralice Boles, 1997 Universe Publishing

The Villa, James S. Ackerman, 1990 Princeton University Press

Survival through Design, Richard Neutra, 1954Oxford University Press

Heavenly Mansions, John Summerson, 1963 W.W.Norton & Company

Historic Architecture in Alabama, Robert Gamble, 1990 University of Alabama Press

The Old Way of Seeing, Jonathan Hale, 1994 Houghton Mifflin Company       

The Book of Houses, John P. Dean and Simon Breines, 1946 Crown Publishers 

Guide to Buying or Building a Home, William G. Connolly, 1978 Times Books

American House Styles, John Milnes Baker, , 1994 W.W. Norton & Co.

The Most Beautiful House in the World, Witold Rybczynski, 1989 Penguin Books

Architecture, Ambition, and Americans, Wayne Andrews, 1978 The Free Press

With Benefit of Architect, Edward X Tuttle, Jr., 1968 The Macmillan Company

Briefing Your Architect, Frank Salisbury, 1998 Butterworth-Heinemann

The Good House: Contrast as a Design Tool, Jacobson, Silverstein and Winslow, Taunton Press

The Genius of Frank Lloyd Wright: Oak Park, Robin Langley Sommer, 1997 Barnes and Noble Inc.

The American Family Home, Clifford Edward Clark, Jr., 1986 The University of North Carolina Press

American Castles, Amy Hardy, 1998 Todtri Productions Limited

The American Family Home 1800-1960, Clifford Edward Clark, Jr., 1986 The University of North Carolina Press

Palaces of Europe, Wayne Dynes, 1968 The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited

Versailles, Christopher Hibbert, 1980 Newsweek Book Division

In the Cause of Architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1975 McGraw–Hill, Inc.

Problem Seeking, William Pe�a, 1987 Press

Building Facades, Ernest Burden, 1998 McGraw Hill

The Book of Houses, John P. Dean and Simon Breines, 1946 Crown Publishers

Experiencing Architecture, Steen Eiler Rasmussen, 1959 ___________________

Baroque, Diana Scarisbrick, 1973 Orbis Publishing London

The Louis Styles, Nieta Apr�, 1970 Orbis Publishing London

Classical Modern Architecture, Andreas Papadakis, 1997 Terrail

Source Book of American Architecture, G.E. Kidder Smith, 1996 Princeton Architectural Press

Good Houses, Russell F. Whitehead, 1922 Weyerhaeuser Forest Products

California Architecture, Sally B. Woodbridge, 1988 Chronicle Books

Private Palaces, Christopher Simon Sykes, 1985 Viking Penguin Inc.

Kitsch, Gillo Dorfles, 1975 Universe Books

Designing Your Client’s House, Alfredo De Vito, 1983 Whitney Library of Design

Pride of Place, Robert A.M. Stern, 1986 Houghton Mifflin Company

The Houses of McKim, Mead, and White, Samuel G. White, 1998 Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.

The Magnificent Builders, Joseph J. Thorndike Jr., 1978 American Heritage Publishing Co.

Italian Gardens of the Renaissance, J.C. Shepherd & G.A. Jellico, 1994 Academy Group Ltd.

The Architecture of Michaelangelo , James S. Ackerman, 1995 Penguin Books

Architecture, Ambition, and Americans, Wayne Andrews, 1979 The Free Press

Grand Homes Of The Mid Atlantic, Bill Harris, _______________________

Great Houses, Constance M. Greiff, 1973 The Pyne Press

Plan Your House to Suit Yourself, Tyler Stewart Rogers, 1938 Charles Scribner’s Sons

How to Build a House with an Architect, John Milnes Baker, 1988 Harper and Row

The Great Houses of Paris, Claude Fr�gnac and Wayne Andrews, 1979 Vendome Press

Stately Mansions, Michel Gallet, 1972 Praeger Publishers

The Place of houses, Charles Moore, Gerald Allen, Donlyn Lyndon, 1974 Holt, Rinehart and Winston

The Well Built House, James Locke, 1992 Houghton Mifflin Company

Looking Around, Witold Rybczynski, 1992 Penguin Books

The English Country House, Gervase Jackson-Stops, 1985 Little, Brown and Company

The Glory that was Home, Brian Townsend, 1990 Lochar Publishing

Plantation Houses and Mansions of the old South, J. Frazer Smith, 1993 Dover

Great American Homes, Charles L. Mee, Jr., 1988 Oxmoor House, Inc.

American Country Houses of the Gilded Age, Arnold Lewis, 1982 Dover Publications, Inc.

Domestic Architecture of the American Colonies and of the Early Republic, Fiske Kimball, 1922 Charles Scribner’s Sons


The Comfortable House, Alan Gowans, 1986 MIT Press

The Naturally Elegant Home, Marinelli and Kourik, 1992 Little, Brown & Co.

American Victorian Architecture, Arnold Lewis, 1975 Dover

Turn-of-the-Century House Designs, William T. Comstock, 1994 Dover

The effective architect, Wendell E. Rossman, 1972 Prentice-Hall, Inc.

The Story of Western Architecture, Bill Risebero, 1979 Herbert Press Limited

The Four Books of Architecture, Andrea Palladio, 1965 Dover Publications, Inc.

Changing Places, Richard Moe and Carter Wilkie, 1997 Henry Holt and Company

The Home Design Guide, Shepherd and Morledge, 1995 Dearborn Financial Publishing, Inc.

The World Atlas of Architecture, John Julius Norwich, 1998 Chancellor Press

Terence Conran’s New House Book, Terence Conran, 1998 Conran Octopus Limited

The Work of John Vanbrugh, Geoffrey Beard, 1986 B.T. Batsford LTD

Inigo Jones, John Summerson, 1966 Penguin

The Latest Country Houses, John Martin Robinson, 1984 The Bodley Head Ltd.

The Devil Knows Latin, E. Christian Kopff, 1999 ISI Books

The Classical Vernacular, Roger Scruton, 1994 St. Martin’s Press

Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture and Space, Peter Blake, 1965 Penguin

Five Arts, F.E. Halliday, 1955 Lowe and Brydone Limited

Morality and Architecture, David Watkin, 1977 The University of Chicago Press

Scope of Total Architecture, Walter Gropius, 1955 The Macmillan Company

Life in the English Country House, Mark Girouard, 1978 Penguin

Architecture of the Renaissance, Bertrand Jestaz, 1996 Harry N. Abrams Inc.

Renaissance Architecture: Critics, Patrons, Luxury, David Thomson, 1993 Manchester University Press

Flight of Fancy: The Banishment and Return of Ornament, Brent C. Brolin, 1985 Academy Editions

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Reference/ Historical Source Books

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Classical Architecture, Robert Adam, 1990 Abrams

The Classical Orders of Architecture, Robert Chitham, 1985 Rizzoli

American Classicist, Elizabeth Meredith Dowling, 1989 Rizzoli

American Country Houses of the Gilded Age, Arnold Lewis, 1982 

Elements of Form & Design in Classic Architecture, Arthur Stratton, 1987 Studio Editions

Classical Architecture in Renaissance Europe 1419-1585, John Fitzhugh Millar, 1987 Thirteen Colonies Press

Palladio, Wundram Pape Marton, Taschen

Villas of the Veneto, Peter Lauritzen, 1988 Abrams

Villas of Tuscany, Carlo Cresti, 1993 The Vendome Press

Villas and Gardens of Tuscany, Sophie Bajard & Raffaello Bencini, 1993 Terrail

Neoclassical and 19th Century Architecture, Robin Middleton/ David Watkin, 1987 Electa/ Rizzoli

The English Country House A Grand Tour, Gervase Jackson and James Pipkin, 1985 New York Graphic Society

Great Georgian Houses of America, Architects’ Emergency Committee, 1970 Dover

Greek Revival America, Roger G. Kennedy, 1989 Stewart Tabori & Chang

Westmoreland and Portland Places, Julius K. Hunter, 1988 University of Missouri Press.

Palm Beach Houses, Shirley Johnston, 1991Rizzoli

Italian Splendor, Jack Basehart, 1990 Rizzoli International Publications

The Splendor of France, Laure Murat, 1991 Rizzoli International Publications

Moorish Architecture, Marianne Barrucand and Achim Bednorz, 1992 Taschen


American Home Styles Reference

Field Guide to American Architecture, Carole Rifkind, 1980 Plume/ Penguin

What Style is it?, Poppeliers Chambers Schwartz, 1983 John Wiley & Sons

A Field Guide to American Houses, Virginia & Lee McAlester, 1996 Knopf

House Styles in America, Massey and Maxwell, 1996 Penguin)

Related Reading

Modern American Houses, Elisa Urbanelli, 1996 McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Elisa Urbanelli, 1996 McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

The Language of Post-Modern Architecture, Charles Jencks, 1977 Rizzoli

Home from Nowhere, James Howard Kunstler, 1996 Simon & Schuster

Modernity and the Classical Tradition, Alan Colquhoun, 1989 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Modern Architecture, Vincent Scully Jr., 1986 George Braziller

Your Engineered House, Rex Roberts, 1964 M. Evans and Company, Inc.

The Dream House Think Book, S. Blackwell Duncan, 1977 Tab Books

Fine Homebuilding, Taunton Press, Inc.

The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand

Period Style, Mary Gilliatt, 1990 Little, Brown and Company

Interior Design with Feng Shui, Sarah Rossbach, 1991 Arkana Books

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Ultra Luxury Custom Home Bibliography, Manors, Villas and Estates by design