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The Iconic American House

Architectural Masterworks since 1900

Dominic Bradbury, Richard Powers


A compendium of the most innovative and influential residential buildings in the United States since 1900

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Some of the world’s greatest architects, including Walter Gropius, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, have used their talents to create groundbreaking innovations in American residential architecture over the past 120 years. Though wide-ranging in style, these houses share a remarkable sensitivity to site and context; appreciation of local materials; experimentation with form, materials, and technology; and understanding of clients’ needs. Spanning the length and breadth of the United States, The Iconic American House features fifty of the most important, timeless, and recognizable houses designed since 1900.

With pithy text and fresh, vibrant illustrations, this book presents a lavish array of architectural masterpieces designed by architects such as Philip Johnson, Richard Neutra, Peter Eisenman and Thomas Gluck. Specially commissioned and stunning photographs, floor plans, drawings and architect biographies ensure that it is perfect for students, professionals, design aficionados and anyone who dreams of building a house of their own.


'Full of life, drama and invention'

'The modernist's new design bible'

'Celebrates the country's residential masterpieces, highlighting 50 of the most innovative and influential homes'

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Book Details

Format: PLC (with jacket)

Size: 28.0 x 26.0 cm

Extent: 320 pp

Illustrations: 400

Publication date: 3 September 2020

ISBN: 9780500022955

Contents List

Introduction • Fifty houses

About the Author

Dominic Bradbury is a journalist and writer specializing in architecture and design. He is the author of many books on these subjects, including Off the Grid, The Iconic House and The Iconic Interior. Richard Powers is a photographer who deals in interiors, architecture and built environments. His books include The Iconic House and The Iconic Interior.

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