THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS OF WILLIAMSBURG by Marcus Whiffen

THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS OF WILLIAMSBURG

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Rockefeller restoration of Williamsburg has familiarized all students of our heritage with life in colonial America. Here, in this copiously illustrated volume, is a full architectural history of some of the significant buildings of the colonial capital of Virginia. Enlivened by contemporary accounts of domestic details, from contracts, letters, newspaper accounts, petitions to the House of Burgesses, a thorough picture of the initial problems of building the town emerges. The close relationship between English and American architecture and town planning is seen. The book shows that Thomas Jefferson's work at Williamsburg, although largely unrealized, is important in relation to American architecture as a whole and to his personal development as an architect. A dry wit adds sparkle to the scholarship evidenced in this work. A plus market should be found in regional and travel Book readers.

Pub Date: Sept. 22nd, 1958
Publisher: Holt