EBOOK READ (Uncommon Vernacular: The Early Houses of Jefferson County, West Virginia, 1735–1835) ↠ John C Allen Jr

For anyone interested in architecture the history of rural eastern America or history in general this book is a wonderful glimpse at the origins and events that unfolded behind and in many cases dramatically shaped the rural and small town landscape that exists in Jefferson County West Virginia today This book is packed with beautiful and thought provoking pictures and illustrations that show not only the structures as they exist today but provide insight through its deeply researched and artfully drawn illustrations into what once was but no longer exists This project is both aesthetically stunning and historically important It is at the same time a story of how our history has shaped our landscape and an artful catalog of archetecture worthy of and in need of preservation I like it For privacy the locations of the homes aren t shown Interesting to learn the history of the Shenandoah Valley and the influence of early pioneers on our local architecture The finest county inventory I ve seen Minor uibbles The organization makes it easy to focus on a specific characteristic but very difficult to focus on an individual house especially disappointing in the county with the documented work of John Arris and incredibly beautiful hall at Harewood The author

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use of term millwork to describe the hand planed and careful on site installation of decorative woodwork is a major solecism Uncommon Vernacular will live on in our bookcase and in Nam your hand like Waterman s Mansions of Virginia and Early architecture of North Carolina for the value of its photographs long after much of i I have only read a few chapters so far but it is interesting to see how factors such as transportation methods and political influences caused changes in architecture Many houses in Jefferson County are uniue to even neighboring counties The author is disheartened as am I about the loss of some of these historic structures Hopefully this book will help motivate people to preserve and restore not only houses in Jefferson County WV but across our nation My fear is that only those of us who already believe in historic preservation will read the book I wish it were reuired reading in our schools Architecture is ignored unless Within the picturesue borders of Jefferson County West Virginia remain the vestiges of a history filled with Civil War battles and political rebellion Yet also woven into the historical landscapeof this small county nestled within the Shenandoah Valley is an unusual collection of historic homes In this fascinating architectural exploration John C Allen Jr details his expansive sevenear survey of Jefferson County's historic residences By focusing on dwellings built from the mid eighteenth century to the arrival County's historic residences By focusing on dwellings built from the mid eighteenth century to the arrival the railroad and canal in 1835 Allen unfolds the uniue story of this area's early building traditions and architectural innovations The 250 buildings included in this work from the plantation homes of the Washington family to the log houses of eomen homes of the Washington family to the log houses of eomen reveal the uniue development of this region as Allen categorizes structures and establishes patterns of construction plan and styleAllen's refreshing perspective illuminates the vibrant vernacular architecture of Jefferson County connecting the housing of this area to the rich history of the Shenandoah Valley Varying features of house siting plan types construction techniues building materials outbuildings and exterior and interior detailing illustrate the blending of German Scots Irish English and African cultures into a distinct regional style Adorned with over seven hundred stylish photographs by Walter Smalling and elegant drawings floor plans and maps by Andrew Lewis Uncommon Vernacular explores and preserves this historic area's rich architectural heritage. ,

Uncommon Vernacular: The Early Houses of Jefferson County, West Virginia, 1735-1835Ne decides to major in it in college The houses in this book are from the lowly to the mansion but all are wonderful The author really spent a lot of time researching and documenting the houses he wrote about You can tell this book is a labor of love The paper is thick and of high uality Photographs are high uality My only regret is #that I waited so long to order a copy Architectural historians rejoice This book presents the most comprehensive accurate beautiful #I waited so long to order a copy Architectural historians rejoice This book presents the most comprehensive accurate beautiful important study of historic houses in any county of West Virginia ever published I waited for two for this book and I m absolutely stunned What a for this book and I m absolutely stunned What a gorgeous author John Allen and West Virginia University Press have producedFirst let me briefly discuss the studied area Jefferson County West Virginia contains an enormous stock of pre Civil War houses From the small stone houses of early German settlers traveling down the Great Wagon Road to the grand estates of the Washington and Fairfax families to the townhouses of important merchants in Shepherdstown Charles Town and Harpers Ferry this book covers them all There s still so much to be discovered and restored in Jefferson County and this book does justice to that conceptRegarding the book itself this is NOT an architectural catalog and it is a study of domestic architecture houses not churches courthouses or other public structures It s written in a narrative style split into chapters dedicated to farm houses town houses construction techniues architectural details and interior design It s so comprehensive in its coverage of the built environment that Lippenbekenntnisse you might forget that it s not actually a catalog but a study of cultural historical and artistic contextsNow here are the REAL standoutsou will take away from this book First this is a study of what IS Not a study of what WAS or what COULD HAVE BEEN In other words the 250 sites included in this book are ALL still standing This is no directory of lost glory You can find each and every structure mentioned in the book still standing today though many will be altered The author makes clear in his methodology that the building selection includes extant farm and town structures built before 1835 Why 1835 The author concludes fro. Within the picturesue borders of Jefferson County West Virginia remain the vestiges of a history filled with Civil War battles and political rebellion Yet also woven into the historical landscapeof this small county nestled within the Shenandoah Valley is an unusual collection of historic homes In this fascinating architectural exploration John C Allen Jr details his expansive seven Chasing McCree Chasing McCree year survey of Jefferson County's historic residences By focusing on dwellings built from the mid eighteenth century to the arrival of the railroad and canal in 1835 Allen unfolds the uniue story of this area's early building traditions and architectural innovations The 250 buildings included in this work from the plantation homes of the Washington family to the log houses ofeomen farmers reveal the uniue development of this region as Allen categorizes structures and establishes patterns of construction plan and styleAllen's refreshing perspective illuminates the vibrant vernacular architecture of Jefferson County connecting the housing of this area to the rich history of the Shenandoah Valley Varying features of house siting plan types construction techniues building materials outbuildings and exterior and interior detailing illustrate the blending of German Scots Irish English and African cultures into a distinct regional style Adorned with over seven hundred stylish photographs by Walter Smalling and elegant drawings floor plans and maps by Andrew Lewis Uncommon Vernacular explores and preserves this historic area's rich architectural heritage. ,

M close examination of stylistic evolution that regional characteristics largely disappear after that date An 1850s building in Harpers Ferry looks essentially the same as an 1850s building in San FranciscoSecond the photography and graphics in this book are among The Best I Have Ever Seen Many Of The Colonial best I have ever seen Many of the colonial studied in the book are illustrated with archival HABS photographs but once we move past 1780 the photographs all monochrome are native to this book and are simply superb The photography of fine architectural details is world class The conjectural illustrations of so called restored elevations are beautiful and the plans are comprehensive These devices give the reader an idea of what the pristine structures looked like before alteration The graphics add real value to the book as a research toolA uick note about dating How architectural historians date structures is still very much personal as there is no universally accepted standard Sometimes if there is a section of a wall that dates to 1750 an historian will date the entire structure to 1750 Realtors are good at this hoping to cash in on the prestige of age Other times if one column of an entrance structure received a nail in 1877 an historian will date the entire structure to 1877 The ultra purist architectural historians like to do this This particular author is of the LATTER than the former meaning that his dating of buildings is exceptionally conservative Many of the houses featured in this book were substantially built BEFORE the author s stated build dates based on common evidence such as letters tax records deeds contracts etc This is not a flaw but it s important to establish the author s point of view The author does not make use of dendrochronology since few of these structures have been dated using the techniueHere s the bottom line Buy this book if ou have any interest in the domestic architecture of frontier Virginia This book is appropriate for professionals as well as interested amateurs It is a real gem of a volumeThis book immediately brings to mind Maral Kalbian s eually superb study of Frederick County VirginiaThe book is beautifully edited cloth bound and printed by West Virginia University Exceptional wor. of Frederick County VirginiaThe book is beautifully edited cloth bound and printed by West Virginia University Exceptional wor. Within the picturesue borders of Jefferson County West Virginia remain the vestiges of a history filled with Civil War battles and political rebellion Yet also woven into the historical landscapeof this small county nestled within the Shenandoah Valley is an unusual collection of historic homes In this fascinating architectural exploration John C Allen Jr details his expansive seven ear survey of Jefferson County's historic residences By focusing on dwellings built from the mid eighteenth century to the arrival of the railroad and canal in 1835 Allen unfolds the uniue story of this area's early building traditions and architectural innovations The 250 buildings included in this Work From The Plantation Homes from the plantation homes the Washington family to the log houses of eomen farmers reveal the uniue development of this region as Allen categorizes structures and establishes patterns of construction plan and styleAllen's refreshing perspective illuminates the vibrant vernacular architecture of Jefferson County connecting the housing of this area to the rich history of the Shenandoah Valley Varying features of house siting plan types construction techniues building materials outbuildings and exterior and interior detailing illustrate the blending of German Scots Irish English and African cultures into a distinct regional style Adorned with over seven hundred stylish photographs by Walter Smalling and elegant drawings floor plans and maps by Andrew Lewis Uncommon Vernacular explores and preserves this historic area's rich architectural heritage.