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This beautiful volume identifies 25 houses that best exemplify America's major architectural and decorative styles since Colonial times. Each is illustrated with specially commissioned color photographs of interior and exterior views, drawings and floor plans, and historical paintings and photographs. The text emphasizes the personalities and lifestyle of the period, architect-client backgrounds and relationships, technological innovations and sources of design elements. Because the featured houses were built by the country's leading architects--from Alexander Jackson Davis and Richard Morris Hunt to McKim, Mead and White to Frank Lloyd Wright and Walter Gropius--and owned by the likes of Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, Jay Gould, the Guggenheims, the Phipps, and the Vanderbilts, the book is a cultural history as well as an architectural study.