Cover: The Framed Houses of Massachusetts Bay, 1625–1725 in HARDCOVER

The Framed Houses of Massachusetts Bay, 1625–1725

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HARDCOVER

$109.00 • £87.95 • €98.00

ISBN 9780674316805

Publication Date: 06/21/1979

Short

280 pages

280 halftones, 55 line illustrations, 8 maps

Belknap Press

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After more than 25 years of research into the houses and the associated documentary material Abbott Cummings has produced a book which deserves the description ‘definitive study’ …English scholars will be well served when someone produces a book of this quality concerned with traditional buildings in the old world rather than the new.—Richard Harris, Architectural Review

This will probably be the definitive book on 17th-century American architecture. Richly illustrated, highly detailed, it…will reward careful study by those interested in the subject.—Geoffrey Elan, Yankee Magazine

Abbott L. Cummings’ book is an in-depth history of the framed house almost as if it were a work of art that was losing meaning as the ‘era of technical reproducibility’ approached… From [his] meticulous technical treatment one learns the unique nature of these pioneer homes… The book concludes by underscoring, from the stylistic viewpoint, a sort of common character in the architecture of Massachusetts Bay which endures until the present. The framed house was not just the link between the Old and New World, it also was the mythical commencement of the American constructional tradition.Domus [Italy]

A major contribution to American architectural history…[with] solidly researched, eloquently presented text… The Framed Houses of Massachusetts Bay will be the standard reference for architects, architectural historians and preservationists for many years to come.—Dell Upton, AIA Journal

[A] meticulous, wonderfully illustrated book… [Cummings] has made a grand book. It fills the lap, enchants the eye, and illuminates all Massachusetts Bay.—R. C. Haskett, Journal of American History

Awards & Accolades

  • Laurence L. Winship Book Award, The Boston Globe
  • 1979 Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award, Society of Architectural Historians
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