Federal Style America Resources

If you are an avid collector in early American antiques, you will love this book which explores restored colonial houses, shops, and gardens found on the east coast of the United States.   American Colonial Puritan Simplicity to Georgian Grace traces some of the finest buildings and historic interiors of the American east coast.  This volume covers the entire range of American Colonial design: from the Puritan simplicity of the early days to the Georgian elegance of classic architecture and interiors.

From Maine to North Carolina, a style of architecture developed that became known as typically American. In  fact, it was a predominantly English vernacular type characteristic of the 17th and 18th centuries.

The author discusses Ephrata Cloister, a German settlement in southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as Van Cortlandt Manor, Mount Vernon, Winterthur, and the buildings of Williamsburg, Virginia.

Review By Paula Weglarz
"Wendell Garrett once again produced another great collection on fine furnishings and architecture. There is great range from simple colonial design to grand represented in this book. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in colonial furnishings and architecture, or who simply likes the
finer things!"
"The photographs in this book are superb and could stand ontheir own as examples of craftsmanship.The book is an orderly and well written discussion of building styles brought from England and Europe and elaborated in America into something truly original. In many ways, the houses shown and discussed here were the highpoint in American residential design.The author is careful to describe the history of the regions in which these houses were situated. He does so with an easy grace.If you are restoring an old house or decorating a less old house, this is an excellent reference and source of inspiration."

Author Wendell Garrett also published Classic America: The Federal Style and Beyond. One of today's foremost authorities on American antiques presents a profusely illustrated book on America's Federal style. These private and public homes--including Monticello, the White House, the Gardner Pingree House, and the Windsor House--with Hepplewhite, Sheraton, and Duncan Phyfe furnishings in period settings, appear just as they might have looked 200 years ago. 180 color illustrations

Wendell Garrett has done students of interior design and architecture a very great service with this modestly priced history of America's Federal style. His concise and accurate text is amply matched by Paul Rocheleau's handsome photographs.

There is so much to learn, even for amateur students of American architectural history. We hear about Palladio, Robert Adam, Christopher Wren and others who influenced the American Federal style, but we also learn what was going on in the American colonies in a religious, economic, and legal sense--all of which helped to affect the shape and style of American architectural and decorative tastes.

One of the most interesting things is learning how American craftsmen,
builders and architects (many of whom were slaves) were influenced by the latest
European styles. American styles in everything, from dress to furniture to
homes, tended to be more plainspoken and stripped down to the bare essentials
than were their European counterparts.


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