The House With Sixteen Handmade Doors : A Tale of Architectural Choice and Craftsmanship

The House With Sixteen Handmade Doors : A Tale of Architectural Choice and Craftsmanship

Book - 2014
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Catherine Petroskis beautiful photographs capture the clues and the atmosphere. A vibrant cast of neighbors and past residentsmost notably the houses masterful creator, an engineer-turned-folk architectbecome key characters in the story. As the mystery unfolds, revealing an extraordinary house and its environs, this ode to loving design will leave readers enchanted and inspired.
When Henry Petroski and his wife Catherine bought a charming but modest six-decades-old island retreat in coastal Maine, Petroski couldnt help but admire its unusual construction. An eminent expert on engineering, history, and design, he began wondering about the places origins and evolution: Who built it, and how? What needs, materials, technologies, historical developments, and laws shaped it? How had it fared through the years with its various inhabitants? Sleuthing around dimly lit closets, knotty-pine wall panels, and even a secret passagebut never removing so much as a nailPetroski zooms in on the details but also steps back to examine the structure in the context of its time and place.
An architectural whodunit that unlocks the secrets of a hand-built home.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780393242041
Branch Call Number: 728.3709 PETRO PETRO
Additional Contributors: Petroski, Catherine - Illustrator


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rowanquincy Aug 08, 2014

Reads like a vanity book about a person's house. I was so bored after 40 pages I gave up and returned it. Not recommended/


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