Mantelpieces of the Old South: Lost Architecture and Southern Culture

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With these words William Baldwin and Elizabeth Turk lay the foundation for a stunning visual journey into the Southern home. The images found within these pages tell as much about the definition of home as they do about certain aspects of design. Taken from the Historic American Buildings Survey or HABS collection—which began as Depression-era works program—these images document the grace and unique nature of the Southern home. While some of the images show the grandeur of the old plantation house, others reveal a much simpler side of Southern living. And while there are always elements that are distinctive to each home there is an ever-present theme that reminds the reader that home is not just a structure, but also a reflection of our dreams. Compiled from over seventy years of HABS images, this arrangement is a matchless illustrated history of Southern architecture and design. Whether a stately mansion or a decaying rural farmhouse, the images within are a visual essay into the true nature and being of the South and Southern home.
ISBN: 9781596290587
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: South Carolina
Images: 189
Pages: 216
Dimensions: 9 (w) x 8.5 (h)
William Baldwin is an award-winning novelist, biographer and historian. His novel The Hard to Catch Mercy is a past winner of the Lillian Smith Award for Fiction and he is the author of numerous books and articles about the South, among them Inland Passages, Lowcountry Plantations Today and Mrs. Whaley and her Charleston Garden. His most recent novel is A Gentleman in Charleston and the Manner of His Death. V. Elizabeth Turk is a professor of photography at the Atlanta College of Art. She has exhibited photographs both nationally and internationally, and her work can be seen in the collections of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Polaroid Collection in Boston, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
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