Volume I 1492-1820ForewordPart One: Homes in the Colonial Era, 1492-1780 by Melissa Wells Duffes, William Burns, and Olivia GrafIntroductory Note, 1492-1780Timeline, 1492-1780Settling in the New Land, 1492-1780Styles of Domestic Architecture around the Colonies, 1492-1780Building Materials and Manufacturing, 1492-1780Home Layout and Design, 1492-1780Furniture and Decoration, 1492-1780Landscaping and Outbuildings, 1492-1780Glossary, 1492-1780Resource Guide, 1492-1780Part Two: Homes in the Federal Era, 1781-1820 by Melissa Wells DuffesIntroductory NoteTimeline, 1781-1820The End of the Eighteenth Century: How Politics, Philosophy, and Culture Affected Architecture, 1781-1820Styles of Domestic Architecture Around the Country, 1781-1820Building Materials and Manufacturing, 1781-1820Home Layout and Design, 1781-1820Furniture and Decoration, 1781-1820Landscape and Outbuildings, 1781-1820Glossary, 1781-1820Resource Guide, 1781-1820IndexVolume II 1821-1900ForewordPart One: Homes in the Revival Era, 1821-1860 by Nancy B. MingusIntroductory NoteTimeline, 1821-1860Changes in American Life, 1821-1860Styles of Domestic Architecture Around the Country, 1821-1860Building Materials and Manufacturing, 1821-1860Home Layout and Design, 1821-1860Furniture and Decoration, 1821-1860Landscaping and Outbuildings, 1821-1860Glossary, 1821-1860Resource Guide, 1821-1860Part Two: Homes in the Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1861-1880by Thomas W. ParadisIntroductory NoteTimeline, 1861-1880Political, Social, Geographic, Cultural and Technological Issues in 1861-1880Styles of Domestic Architecture around the Country, 1861-1880Building Materials and Manufacturing, 1861-1880Home Layout and Design, 1861-1880Furniture and Decoration, 1861-1880Landscaping and Outbuildings, 1861-1880Glossary, 1861-1880Resource Guide, 1861-1880Part Three: Homes in the Gilded Era, 1881-1900 by Elizabeth B. GreeneIntroductory NoteTimeline, 1881-1900Historical and Cultural Issues in the Gilded Age, 1881-1900Styles of Domestic Architecture around the Country, 1881-1900Building Material and Manufacturing, 1881-1900Home Layout and Design, 1881-1900Furniture and Decoration, 1881-1900Landscaping and Outbuildings, 1881-1900Glossary, 1881-1900Resource Guide, 1881-1900IndexVolume III: 1901-1945Part One: Homes in the Early Modern Era, 1901-1920 by Leslie Humm CormierIntroductory NoteAcknowledgmentsChronologyHistory of the Early Modern Era, 1901-1920Styles of Domestic Architecture around the Country, 1901-1920Building Materials and Manufacturing, 1901-1920Home Layout and Design, 1901-1920Furniture and Decoration, 1901-1920Landscaping and Outbuildings, 1901-1920Appendix: Excerpts from Gustav Stickleys The CraftsmanGlossaryResource GuidePart Two: Homes in the Depression and World War II Era, 1921-1945 by Neal V. HitchIntroductory NoteTimelineThe Transformation of Life in America, 1920-1945Styles of Domestic Architecture, 1921-1945Building Material And Manufacturing, 1921-1945Home Layout and Design, 1921-1945Furniture and Decoration, 1921-1945Landscaping and Outbuildings, 1921-1945Glossary, 1921-1945Resource Guide, 1921-1945IndexVolume IV: 1946-PresentPart One: Homes in the Suburban Era, 1946-1970 by Jane C. BuschIntroductory Note, 1946-1970Timeline, 1946-1970A Changing America, 1946-1970Styles of Domestic Architecture around the Country, 1946-1970Building Material and Manufacturing, 1946-1970Home Layout and Design, 1946-1970Furniture and Decoration, 1946-1970Landscaping and Outbuildings, 1946-1970Glossary, 1946-1970Resource Guide, 1946-1970Part Two : The Neo-Eclectic Housing Era, 1971-1985 by Mark Edward BraunIntroductory Note, 1971-1985Timeline, 1971-1985A History of Housing in America, 1971-1985Styles of Domestic Architecture around the Country, 1971-1985Building Materials and Manufacturing, 1971-1985Home Layout and Design, 1971-1985Furniture and Decoration, 1971-1985Landscaping and Outbuildings in America, 1971-1985Glossary, 1971-1985Resource Guide, 1971-1985Part Three: The New Era of Mixed Uses, 1986-Present by Brenda KayzarIntroductory NoteTimeline, 1986-PresentMixing It Up: The What, When and Why of an Emerging Trend, 1986-PresentFrom Preservation to Revitalization: Reappraising Older Neighborhoods, 1986-PresentCreating an Urban Lifestyle: Redeveloping Americas Downtowns, 1986-PresentNew, Smart, Green and Sustainable, Home Design from 1986-PresentGlossary, 1986-PresentResource Guide, 1986-PresentGeneral BibliographyIndex
"The set covers ten historical eras beginning with the Colonial era and ending with the period 1986 to present. Each era is introduced by a time line and short historical essay. Other essays synthesize research under topics such as building materials, house plans, interior design, and landscaping. Geographical differences in architecture are covered under Styles....Although essays end with references, readers also will find a glossary and resource guide for each era, an index for each volume, and a general bibliography in the last volume....Although this work gives some emphasis to vernacular architecture, not surprisingly the homes of the wealthy receive the most attention. The value of the set lies behind the pretty facade of the American home, in the contributors' exploration of the interaction of physical house and family life. Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers."
"Written by experts in architectural history, these volumes not only provide an extensive overview of the progression from colonial cabins to present-day loft condominiums but also attempt to weave together the influences of geography, politics, and the national and global economy on the American home.This treatment of homes in unlike any other; a wonderful marriage between architectural history and the events and cultural developments that surround it. Highly recommended for all academic libraries with architecture or architectural history programs as well as public libraries where historical architecture is an area of emphasis."
"This set covers the American home from the colonial period to the present. Primarily concerned with the technical and stylistic aspects of American architecture, the social and economic influences are also discussed in detail making this collection even more valuable....The text is enriched by photographic reproductions of architectural aspects, furniture, interior decorations, and gardens and fences. Blue-print style floor plans are abundant. Though its focus is very specific, this could be a valuable reference for students doing American history research."
"Numerous sidebars and illustrations, full color as well as black and white, highlight particular styles and fashions. The result is an informative guide that will serve public and academic library collections."
"Black-and-white photographs and a handful of color plates enhance this thoughtful text, accessible to students, lay readers, and architecture historians alike. Enthusiastically recommended for college library collections due to its winning combination of extensive research, fine detail, and immersive narrative flow, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Homes Through American History is a must-read for anyone researching its subject, regardless of professional background."
"The writing style for this work is engaging. Information included is interesting and informative. This set could be used by general readers or scholarly researchers as a starting point for almost any inquiry concerning American architecture. This set is recommended for public, high school, academic, and architectural libraries."
". . . intended for a general audience and would be appropriate for a public or a university library. Readers interested in American history, architecture, urban planning, preservation or cultural studies would find the set very informative. . . . worth the price and is highly recommended."