Uncommon Vernacular: The Early Houses of Jefferson County, West Virginia, 1735–1835 (PDF)


Uncommon Vernacular: The Early Houses of Jefferson County, West Virginia, 1735-1835Excellent coverage of the architecture of an important but not well known areawith outstanding photographs Lovely book very descriptive and many photosdrawings Mr Allen certainly did his homework and I thank him for the time and ffort he put into this For those who are not familiar with Jefferson County WV it is the home of Harpers Ferry John Brown s Raid in 1859 and also the location of many Washington home of Harpers Ferry John Brown s Raid in 1859 and also the location of many Washington in Georgehomes The county seat Charles Town was named for his brother Charles whose home is located there and who donated land in the center of town The two streets at the main intersection of Charles Town are named George and Washington and many others in the city limits are named for other members of the family There is also a Congress and a Liberty street very patriotic Charles Town is located about 55 miles northwest of our nation s capit For anyone interested in architecture the history of rural Crazy Love eastern America or history in general this book is a wonderful glimpse at the origins andvents that unfolded behind and in many cases dramatically shaped the rural and small town landscape that xists in Jefferson County West Virginia today This book *is packed with beautiful and thought provoking pictures and illustrations that show not only the structures as they xist today * packed with beautiful and thought provoking pictures and illustrations that show not only the structures as they xist today provide insight through its deeply researched and artfully drawn illustrations into what once was but no longer xists This pro. Within the picturesue borders of Jefferson County West Virginia remain the vestiges of a history filled with Civil War battles and political rebellion Yet also woven into the historical landscapeof this small county nestled within the Shenandoah Valley is an unusual collection of historic homesIn this fascinating architectural xploration John C Allen Jr details his xpansive seven year survey of Jefferson Countys historic residencesBy focusing on dwellings built from the mid ighteenth century to the arri. ,

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Fully this book will help motivate people to preserve and restore not only houses in Jefferson County WV But Across County WV but across nation My fear is that only those of us who already believe in historic preservation will read the book I wish it were reuired reading in our schools Architecture is ignored unless one decides to major in it in college The houses in this book are from the lowly to the mansion but all to major in it in college The houses in this book are from the lowly to the mansion but all wonderful The author really spent a lot of time researching and documenting the houses he wrote about You can tell this book is a labor of love The paper is thick and of high uality Photographs are high uality My only regret is that I waited so long to order a copy Architectural historians rejoice This book presents the most comprehensive accurate beautiful and important study of historic houses in any county of West Virginia ver published I waited for two months for this book and I m absolutely stunned What a gorgeous volume author John Allen and West Virginia University Press have producedFirst let me briefly discuss the studied area Jefferson County West Virginia contains an New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood enormous stock of pre Civil War houses From the small stone houses ofarly German settlers traveling down the Great Wagon Road to the grand Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey estates of the Washington and Fairfax families to the townhouses of important merchants in Shepherdstown Charles Town and Harpers Ferry this book covers them all There s still so much to be dis. Is area to the rich history of the Shenandoah Valley Varying features of house siting plan types construction techniues building materials outbuildings andxterior and interior detailing illustrate the blending of German Scots Irish English and African cultures into a distinct regional styleAdorned with over seven hundred stylish photographs by Walter Smalling and legant drawings floor plans and maps by Andrew Lewis Uncommon Vernacular xplores and preserves this historic areas rich architectural heritag. Ject is both aesthetically stunning and historically important It is at the same time a story of how our history has shaped our landscape and an artful catalog of archetecture worthy of and in need of preservation I like it For privacy the locations of the homes aren t shown Interesting to learn the history of the Shenandoah Valley and the influence of ЯED early pioneers on our local architecture The finest county inventory I ve seen Minor uibbles The organization makes itasy to focus on a specific characteristic but very difficult to focus on an individual house specially disappointing in the county with the documented work of John Arris and incredibly beautiful hall at Harewood The author s use of the term millwork to describe the hand planed and careful on site installation of decorative woodwork is a major solecism Uncommon Vernacular will live on in your bookcase and in your hand like Waterman s Mansions of Virginia and Early architecture of North Carolina for the value of its photographs long after much of its text is deemed outdated or dubious or both A fantastic must buy book I have only read a few chapters so far but it is interesting see how factors such as transportation methods and political influences caused changes in architecture Many Houses In houses in Jefferson are uniue to ven neighboring counties The author is disheartened as am I about the loss of some of these historic structures Hope. Val of the railroad and canal in Allen unfolds the uniue story of this areas The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs early building traditions and architectural innovations The buildings included in this workfrom the plantation homes of the Washington family to the log houses of yeomen farmersreveal the uniue development of this region as Allen categorizes structures andstablishes patterns of construction plan and styleAllens refreshing perspective illuminates the vibrant vernacular architecture of Jefferson County connecting the housing of th.