SCARCE 1940 1st edition vintage book featuring fine classic New England architecture - Houses for Good Living by Royal Barry Wills. Acknowledged master of the 20th-century Cape Cod home, Wills set the standard for this style. These homes represent a dazzling diversity of configurations, each one bears “Wills” trademark of ELEGANT HARMONY and FUNCTIONALITY. Many received national recognition, 1940's Life magazine anointed Wills as creating "the kind of house most Americans want." Publisher: New York Architectural Book Publishing Co. NY, Copyright, 1940.
MAGNIFICENT black & white photographs in sepia tones by Arthur C. Haskell. Each page is a visual feast showcasing beautiful homes and memorable details. Turned balusters of a wooden staircase, multi-paned bow window, charming cobblestone courtyard are only a few architectural details. Architectural drawings / floor plans accompany some homes. Full page frontispiece - Dwight H. Thomas House.
Foreword: No matter where you go in this broad land of ours, well designed houses are rare. Design is a comprehensive word connoting an inward fitness of plan as well as exterior charm. Breaks the continuity of mediocre house design by giving you essential facts concerning the true possibilities of the small house. Through photographic illustrations and analysis, groups them into a clear picture of your family needs and what you have a right to expect in the house you build.
Featured: New England homes, classic style, Cape Cod, Colonial, Salt Boxes & more located in Mass including Cambridge, Marblehead, Weston, Cape Cod & other places. Houses: Hickey House, Pope, Adams House, Cooney House, Cottle House, Newhall House, Renner House, Thurber House, Ward House & others. Chapters: Needs, Styles, Value of Architect’s Services, Living Chart, Budgeting, Saving Money & Value of Saving Money.
Royal Barry Wills was the most popular architect among the American middle class after World War II. He uniquely understood the simple, picturesque appeal of the small house, capturing the essence of their quaint charm. New England native, born in Boston area; studied architecture at M.I.T opened his own firm which is still being run by family today.
Oversize hardcover/green cloth boards/gilt titles/linen pages, 9" x 12", 104 pp. Excellent/ very good vintage condition. Cover excellent/bright/brilliant gilt-minimal wear w/ light corner wear/bumping-bottom right two very small spots reveal board/light fraying spine bottom-bottom cover light wear & fading. Pages excellent/clean/bright-few pages very small dog eared corners/blank endpapers light wear, occasional small smudge. Do not see any spots on illustrations/photographs. Binding tight.
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