With 160 color photographs that invite the reader to step over the threshold, Historic Houses of Philadelphia brings the region's most impressive museum homes to life. The only comprehensive readers' tour of the nation's richest array of historic residences open to the public, the book is complete with maps, touring information, and historical notes on fifty distinctive homes.
Entries on each home begin by listing name, date of construction, architect, and location, followed by a description placing the house in its architectural, historical, social, and cultural context. Readers learn about the style of the house, who built it and why, what major events were connected with the home, and what outstanding characteristics and furnishings make it remarkable.
A Barra Foundation Book
Roger W. Moss is Emeritus Executive Director of The Athenaeum of Philadelphia and retired Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of a number of books, including The American Country House and Victorian Exterior Decoration. Tom Crane is a freelance photographer. His work has been featured in such publications as Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and the New York Times. Together they collaborated on the book Historic Sacred Places of Philadelphia, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
"A beautiful book of national architectural significance."
~Old House Journal
"Abundant color photographs will make you want to visit them all."
"Tom Crane's glorious photographs and Roger Moss's enthusiastic descriptions will get anyone with the slightest interest in history, architecture, or the decorative arts on the way to spending a week in the City of Brotherly Love to visit these handsome houses. . . . It is a perfect house present and a treat for hammock reading."
~Maine Antique Digest