Friday, February 28, 2014

The Selling of the American Dwelling

From The New Yorker:
The evolution of the American home, from those days to contemporary times, is the focus of a fascinating exhibition called “Selling the Dwelling: The Books that Built America’s Houses, 1775-2000,” on display and open to the public in New York’s Grolier Club, a private establishment for book collectors and scholars.

The collection of domestic architectural pattern and plan books, pamphlets, and shelter magazines is not only splendid to peruse; it also tells the story of the American housing boom that set the stage for the real-estate crisis from which the United States is still recovering. Eric J. Holzenberg, the Grolier Club’s director, and the exhibit’s curator, Richard Cheek, spent more than a decade putting the exhibit together, tracking down more than three hundred items of architectural ephemera at flea markets, in garage sales, on eBay, and from antiquarian book dealers. (Read more.)

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