John Milnes Baker, AIA
I am pleased to report that the new edition of my book has been published. It is larger than the original edition; I have colored all the plates and added a new Preface and a 12th chapter.
I hope the next generation will enjoy looking at architecture, particularly houses, with a new interest in the way we live and how the study of architecture can enrich our lives. If I can encourage my readers to view architectural design with an informed and critical eye, I will have succeeded in my goal in writing this book.
— John Milnes Baker
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History is all around us—so much so that it can be hard to see it. John Milnes Baker’s classic work, now beautifully updated, helps us to locate it in our very houses. Through brick and stucco, pediments and porticos, he literally brings history home to us.
— Russell Shorto, author of Revolution Song and The Island at the Center of the World
John Milnes Baker is a congenial companion, encyclopedic without being dull, discriminating but not dismissive. His affectionate survey of four centuries of American houses and American aspirations is an accessible guide to the world we’ve built and a good set of principles for understanding whatever we’ll think up next.
— Kent Barwick, former chair of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
John Mines Baker’s latest edition is a cause for celebration. This concise and erudite guide is essential for any novice – or seasoned admirer - of architecture. The combination of text and illustrations make this book a perfect inspiration to travel the country and explore our nation’s rich architectural heritage.
— Adam Van Doren, author of The Stones of Yale and The House Tells the Story: Homes of the American Presidents