The Elements of Style: An Encyclopedia of Domestic Architectural Detail

Author(s): Stephen Calloway


An in-depth chronological survey of the key styles and periods of architectural design in the UK and US over the past 500 years, with over 4,000 images. This new edition brings the book up to date with a fully revised chapter on contemporary style and an updated directory of suppliers. Each chapter begins with a broad introduction to the era, summarizing its key style features. Within the chapter there follows a clearly presented guide to the features appropriate for every part of a building, from the major components such as doors, windows, walls, floors, ceilings, and staircases to embellishments such as mouldings and door furniture. A system of colour-coded tabs enables the reader to compare specific features as they have evolved over time. Additional information on restoration and maintenance, biographies of key architects, and a detailed glossary is included.


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21st anniversary edition of this classic reference book, which has sold over 200,000 copies since first publication. A must-have purchase for owners of period houses, all those interested in UK and US architectural heritage, restorers, architects, and interior designers. Revised and updated by respected architectural historian Alan Powers. Comprehensive and accessible volume that covers all the major design periods, from the Tudors to the present day, each chapter has sections on doors, windows, walls, ceilings, floors, fireplaces, staircases, built-in furniture, services, lighting, metalwork and woodwork.

Stephen Calloway, the General Editor, is Curator of prints and books at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He writes, lectures, and consults on architecture and interior design. His books include Twentieth-century Decoration and Baroque Baroque. He writes regularly for UK and US magazines including The World of Interiors and Nest. Alan Powers, the General Editor of this revised edition, is Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich School of Architecture and Landscape, London. He has published several books and monographs on English architecture, interiors and decorative arts including Modern: The Modern Movement in Britain and the bestselling Living with Books (also Mitchell Beazley) which was translated in 6 languages. He is a regular contributor to Country Life, Grand Designs magazine and The Spectator.

Foreword by Stephen Calloway How to Use This Book A Note on Terminology Tudor and Jacobean (1485-1625) by Simon Thurley Baroque (1625-1714) by Richard Hewlings Early Georgian (1714-1765) by Stephen Calloway Colonial (1607-1780) by William Macintire Late Georgian (1765-1811) by Stephen Jones Regency and Early 19th Century (1811-1837) by Stephen Calloway Federal and Empire (1780-1850) by Jonathan Poston British Victorian (1837-1901) by Robin Wyatt American Victorian (1840-1910) by Thomas Jayne Arts and Crafts (1860-1925) by Stephen Jones Art Nouveau (1888-1905) by Margaret Knight Edwardian (1901-1914) by Robin Wyatt American Beaux Arts (1870-1920) by David Reese Twenties and Thirties by Margaret Knight The Modern Movement (1920-1950) by Alan Powers Beyond Modern (1950-1975) by Alan Powers Contemporary Era (1975-present day) by Alan Powers British Vernacular by Anthony Quiney American Vernacular by Elizabeth Cromley Restoration and Maintenance by Peter Sutton Biographies by Valerie Clack Glossary Directory of Suppliers: - British - North American Bibliography Acknowledgments Index

General Fields

  • : 9781845336950
  • : Octopus Publishing Group
  • : Mitchell Beazley
  • : March 2012
  • : 273mm X 216mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hardback
  • : 712
  • : 728
  • : 592
  • : c. 500 full-colour photographs; c. 1000 black and white photographs; c. 3000 drawings and engravings
  • : Stephen Calloway