Victorian Exterior Decoration: How to Paint Your Nineteenth-Century American House Historically

Roger W. Moss, Author, Gail Caskey Winkler, With Henry Holt & Company $35 (117p) ISBN 978-0-8050-0376-5
In a well-written, practical and humorous book, the authors of Victorian Interior Decoration explain how owners can paint their private Victorian houses to meet the standards of Historical-level authenticitythe level of authenticity required by most historical-district zoning boardswhile satisfying their own tastes. Generously illustrated with 19th century color prints and modern photos, the book discusses the philosophy and fads of house painting during the Victorian period (using interesting excerpts from 19th century essays, trade catalogues and paint company brochures), as well as how readers can skillfully select and apply colors to Victorian houses today. The book is thorough, detailing how every section of a house exterior, including roofs, storms, foundations and door plates, should be treated. Elucidating much technical information, the work is suitable for home owners, designers, preservationists and American history buffs. (May 15)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1987
Release date: 05/01/1987
Paperback - 128 pages - 978-0-8050-2313-8
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