Edited by Cary Carson & Carl R.Lounsbury. ISBN 978-0-8078-3577-7. Copyright 2013. Hardcover with 471 pages including 150 color-plates, 200 halftones, appendix, notes, credits and index.
For more than thirty years, the architectural research department at Colonial Williamsburg has engaged in comprehensive study of early buildings, landscapes, and social history in the Chesapeake region. Its painstaking work has transformed our understanding of building practices in the colonial and early national period and greatly enriched the experience of visiting historical sites. In this beautifully illustrated volume, a team of historians, curators, and conservators draw on their far-reaching knowledge of historical structures in Virginia and Maryland to illuminate the formation, development, and spread of one of the hallmark building traditions in American architecture.
Lavish color photography and detailed catalogs of architectural elements provide a reliable guide to the form, style, and chronology of the Chesapeake region’s distinctive architecture. George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello are among the many homes featured in this beautiful and informative volume.