A new book by University of California, Berkeley historian Jonathan Wackernagel, Colonial Interior, describes the ways in which the colonial home design of the mid-19th century was, in many ways, the best of its era.
The book explores how the styles, materials and aesthetics of the period were both innovative and familiar.
The style of home design was, for the most part, very much a matter of design, Wacklenagel writes, and this was true for all the buildings of the era.
Colonial homes were typically very spacious and spaciousness was a quality that was not lost on architects and designers.
The main problem was that there was a tendency to build large houses with very little space in them, so it was easier for people to feel comfortable in a room than to have space for their own needs.
There was also a lot of architectural design emphasis on creating a space of the mind, with very large windows and ceilings and lots of light.
There were also a number of design choices that were very traditional in their style, such as using stucco in many homes, which created a sense of spaciousness in the rooms and made the rooms more interesting to walk through.
The authors also point out that in many instances the architectural styles of the time were very influenced by the aesthetic of the times, such that a lot more of the building material was used in the period than was usual today.
Wacklenags book also reveals the influence of the American architect, John Henry Moore, on the style of the early twentieth century, which was influenced by his use of stuccos.
The author says that Moore “was a proponent of staccato, cantilevered walls and of a new type of decorative window, a window that opened onto a lower level that could be used to project light and shadow into the room.”
This new design style was, according to the author, “almost as radical as the styles of his contemporaries in Europe, who had begun to abandon the straight-sided design of early Victorian houses.”
Waklenagels book also discusses the use of the English-style curved windows, which were common in the early years of the century.
These curved windows were designed by Moore to help light enter and leave the room.
The curved windows have become an iconic feature of the house and, for many people, they are the most important part of the design.
A number of other notable features of the homes in the book include: A number of large windows in many houses that were used to make a living space.
Wackenagel says that many of these windows were so big they were difficult to see through.
The author says the curved window was “like the doorway of the room, but on the outside it was like a window.”
A glass-enclosed porch and a door in the upper level of the dwelling.
Two windows in the attic that were both open.
Three windows on the roof of the home, one that was wide open and one that had a window.
Many of the buildings in the house were also “built in large, open rooms, which made the living space appear more open,” Wackenags book says.
This style was not limited to the colonial period.
In addition to the Colonial homes, Waklenags also notes the style used by the builders of the new residential and commercial buildings in Manhattan, the new high-rise housing projects in New York City, and the new suburban housing developments in Brooklyn.
The writer says that there is a “tendency to make the building look like it was built on a hillside, which is true for many of the houses that appear in Colonial Home, but it’s also true for the new buildings in New Urbanism.”
The authors argue that the style in the new houses of the late 20th century is not simply a matter in design.
“This new architectural style is really a reflection of the social and political climate of the age, as well as of the desire of architects and planners for a larger, more spacious home, rather than one that could accommodate a family,” the authors write.
“There was also much more interest in the modern form of architecture in the first half of the 20th Century, and many of this new architecture styles are very much the products of this interest.”
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