Arnold Nicholson covers American houses in history since 1610 but stops short of houses built after the Civil War in his easy to read, easily informative book. He arranges the houses by region and places them in architectural and historical perspective. Here are the homes of Presidents (Mount Vernon and Woodlawn, the Octagon, Monticello, the Hermitage, etc.) revolutionary heroes, sea captains, hosts and hostesses, and at least one house made famous by literature (The House of the Seven Gables). The illustrations, some in full color, afford a view of exteriors and interiors and are of representational rather than artistic interest. Solid, 100% Americana.