Storybook Style: America’s Whimsical Homes of the 1920s

Arrol Gellner & Douglas Keister

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Storybook style, fairy tale, Disneyesque, Hansel and Gretel—these are all synonyms for what is surely the most delightful residential style of the twentieth century. With their romantic evocation of faraway lands and eras, storybook homes were created by architects and builders with a flair for theater, a love of fine craftsmanship, and above all a sense of humor—attributes that make them especially endearing to the jaded modern eye. The storybook style was born on the backlots of Hollywood in the 1920s, where brilliant set designers first learned to evoke the exotic architecture of medieval Europe and the Middle East. Movie-going Americans became fascinated with these settings, and architects and builders were quick to capitalize on this enthusiasm. The whimsical style soon spread from coast to coast, and the unforgettable results are portrayed here.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 308 color and b/w images | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764353086

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Arrol Gellner is a practicing architect, long-time syndicated columnist,and regular blogger on architectural topics. For almost 20years he has used his column and blog, Architext, to transport thediscussion of architecture from its frequently hifalutin plane into therealm of everyday experience. His architectural practice includes residential,commercial, and institutional work. He also maintains an office nearShanghai, China, where he spends his summers indulging a penchant forheat and humidity.

Douglas Keister has authored or co-authored over three dozen bookson historic architecture, earning him the title of “America’s mostnoted photographer of historic architecture.” His work include thepopular “painted ladies” books on Victorian architecture, the seminalseries of books on bungalows (The Bungalow, Inside the Bungalow, Outsidethe Bungalow), six books on funerary architecture, four books onvintage trailers, and the award-winning bilingual children’s bookFernando’s Gift. He has also authored four novels.