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By Philip Wilkinson

ISBN-10: 0789460270

ISBN-13: 9780789460271

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Many traditional American houses have large porches, which give shade in the warm months and shelter when it is cold. They have been used for everything from working to relaxing after a meal. S. This porch in Georgia is given extra character by the circular tracery that fills the gaps between its wooden uprights. Beneath the broad canopy of this porch in Hartford, Connecticut, there is plenty of space for a family to work or relax. One end is glazed for shelter from the wind, with panes of glass set in a pattern that echoes the woodwork.

New York City offices and apartment buildings often have cast-iron fire escapes, like this one in the SoHo district. 38 Rounded finial Carved scroll design POINT OF ENTRY Many Italian Renaissance buildings have their main rooms on the first floor, which is not at ground level but raised slightly. The entrance hall is usually reached by way of an outside staircase built of stone. It often has carved balusters and other ornamental details. Underside of tread WINDING STAIRS Many medieval buildings had stone spiral staircases.

But in the 18th century, speculative houses were as highly decorated as those built to order, with features such as this carved wooden bracket from a door case. Gilt (gold-leaf) flower Green man BEAUTIFULLY SMALL Sometimes a small decoration can be as effective as a mass of carving. This “green man” and the gilt flower above it are typical motifs in English design of the late 15th and 16th centuries. They decorate a wooden fireplace that was carved in 1485. The green man, his face interlaced with foliage, was a popular motif in medieval art.

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