Friday, 3 January 2014

Review: 'Victorian Domestic Architectural Plans and Details' by William T Comstock

Victorian Domestic Architectural Plans and Details by William T Comstock, 1987, Dover Publications, $8.95, softbound, 80 pages. Category/Genre: reference. Cover: quite nice. Where we got it: bought it. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million. 

Covering the mid- to late Victorian era, this book provides beautiful and detailed engravings drawn to scale. There are country houses and cottages in a number of styles: Eastlake, Colonial, Jacobean, Queen Anne, Californian, Southern, Elizabethan, and more. There are also designs for store and office fronts, which include counters, shelving, and more. 

Here we will find drawings of brackets, fireplaces, finials, mantels, balusters, gables, and so forth. 

Intended for architectural students, restorers of old houses, preservationists, and admirers of Victoriana. 

If you like this one, try: Late Victorian Architectural Plans and Details, by William T Comstock and Daniel D Reiff.    

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