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Architecture
  • Author:
    Michael Dolan
  • ISBN:
    1585746630
  • ISBN13:
    978-1585746637
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  • Publisher:
    The Lyons Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Pages:
    352 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Architecture
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  • Rating:
    4.3
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Dolan) takes us on an irreverent yet informative tour. Ease back in your rocker with a bourbon and a bloodhound by your side, and drink in this panoramic history of America's noblest, and most eminently suitable, haunt.

Dolan) takes us on an irreverent yet informative tour. -The Library Journal. Reading this book feels like sitting on a front porch listening to a master storyteller. Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and Stomping Grounds.

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The American Porch book. It is interesting to know the history of the various types of porches found in America, but I did skim parts that became a little tedious

The American Porch book. It is interesting to know the history of the various types of porches found in America, but I did skim parts that became a little tedious. Couple of friends have read it and also enjoyed the historical aspects. Good stories that related to people in history and understanding why various types of porches exist in different parts of the country. Mar 27, 2008 braden rated it liked it. Good stories and mostly good history.

The American Porch is an excellent book. The description, "an informal history of an informal place" describes the book perfectly. Lots of pictures, in color and black and white, help illustrate the variety in porch design going back centuries

The American Porch is an excellent book. Lots of pictures, in color and black and white, help illustrate the variety in porch design going back centuries. If you're a homeowner the book will aid you in clarifying your love/hate relationship with the front of your home. Mr. Dolan obviously did some serious thinking about his front porch before he contracted to have it built.

B&W and Color Illustrations. DJ price clipped ISBN: 1585746630 1. 0 (Porches, Outdoor Living Space, Architecture).

The American Porch: An Informal History Of An Informal Place. B&W and Color Illustrations.

Dolan shows how porches fit into American folkways and mass culture over the past 200 years, but he tends to skimp on details of physical object itself – how the American porch in all its remarkable variety was designed, what materials it was made of, etc. The photos are beautiful. Some plans and dimensions would have made the book more useful to designers and builders.

There¿s a personal side to all this, too: Dolan designed and oversaw construction of a classic four-pillared front porch to grace his 1926 bungalow in his hometown of Washington, . The story of that porch's decay and restoration not only inspired the book but serves as a touchstone in the author's story. About the Author: Michael Dolan has written for The New Yorker, Slate, Outside, The New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, and other publications.

Guest host John Ydstie speaks with Michael Dolan, author of The American Porch: An Informal History of an Informal Place.

In his book The American Porch: An Informal History of an Informal Place, historian Michael Dolan . History-minded participants-like straw-hatted, dry-humored Claude Stephens-took in talks and music on porches, even a play. Stephens is a seventh-generation Louisvillian

In his book The American Porch: An Informal History of an Informal Place, historian Michael Dolan asserts that slaves combined the precolonial African housefront with the native Arawak "bohio" in the Caribbean. West Africans had used an area in front of their home during the hot daytime hours, shading it with a roof supported by poles and elevating it a few feet to keep away biting insects. Stephens is a seventh-generation Louisvillian. He got national attention a few years ago for announcing that he'd formed the Professional Porch Sitters Union Local 1339.

A fascinating look at an American institution--a place where public life meets private.

Micelhorav
This book has plenty of appeal for anyone. A bit of history, politics, social commentary, and comedy transform what could have been a rather sterile topic into a lively review of an iconic piece of American architecture.
Bradeya
I could not get through this book on my favorite subject. The incoherent ramblings of this book caused me to finally put it down. I tried to skip ahead about half way through and could still find nothing interesting. This author has no self control and thinks that we should be interested in his constant asides that are not at all compelling. I love porches. I have one I wrote essays about them and have done my own extensive research. I was very excited to find that someone had written a book dealing with the history of my favorite architectural idiom and I was very disappointed by this book.

The one bit of insight I got from this book is that maybe the dominance of

European history and cultural on American society is not a grand conspiracy to oppress marginalized people. It is just a phenomenon caused by lazy writers who would rather travel to Italy than Africa. Dolan mentions that many notable scholars believe that the origins of the porch are found in African dwellings. He describes this for a little while with most of his information coming from a single interview. He then states that Italy also has places that kind of look like porches and then describes for two chapters his trip to italy to look at porticos. The coverage of the African roots of the porch was at best cursory and done in way that I felt was kind of gross in its part in continuing to marginalize forgotten history. This book is not worth the effort it takes to try to get through it.
Nkeiy
Liberal slant and vulgar language? Well, I guess some people would see even topless statutes of Justice holding her scales in the cool, august halls of federal buildings as vulgar.

Michael's book is wonderful, and pretty much partisan-free. It's a very personal view he takes, but his wit and degree of research is what makes this book worth reading. I now have a much better understanding of porches and their history, and thanks to a previous reviewer of this book, I also understand why porches went away in the modern age, and why their return seems threatening to those who want to keep us divided and scared.
Gela
Michael Dolan makes fascinating what is essentially just a bit of board and nail by unusual side trips and excursions. History, construction and architecture weaved together with sociology and anecdote make for a wonderful read. Dolan's research is meticulous and a reader feels this was done out of a profound love of the subject and a need to share his enthusiasm with somebody. If you love to sit on your porch -- or hope to have one someday -- you should buy this book.
OwerSpeed
I stumbled across this delightful and improbable book recently and loved it. It's scholarly, it's profane, it's a personal walkabout that everyone(who lives in a pre-1950 house or New Urbanist enclave) can enjoy without leaving home.

Then I read your reviews and was suprised to see that every guest reviewer gave The American Porch 5 stars while two (philistines) gave 1 star.

May I be the first Amazon reviewer to review other reviews? (Probably not.) The 1-star reviewers are full of stuffing and probably could not tell a front porch from a port cochere, a Porsche 914, or Port-de-Paix, Haiti.

That said, I am enamored by Mr. Dolan's style (Jimmy Breslin meets and perhaps mates with Wytold Rybcinski). Yes he peregrinates but the side journeys are thoroughly enjoyable -- a creek with many fingers, each worth exploring, preferably by a canoe moving with the tides.

I just wrote that sentence to prove that Mr. Dolan is a far better writer than I. Has this man written another book?
Tall
Mr. Dolan has captured my attention with a most complete writing of a very favorite place: a porch. I found its history from early Greek to present day country home porches to be most interesting and informative. The photographs and descriptions of porches brings nostalgia. The book can best be read while sitting on a porch swing, sipping hot cocoa when the weather is cool or a glass of iced tea when its warm...
Zadora
This book is much more than architecture. I especially liked the connection of the American Porch to history, politics, movies, and the crafts movement in this country. Others may find the effect that the porch had on slavery, Italian aristocracy, tourism, and air conditioning more interesting. It is just a great read.
I was moved by the book so much that I built a porch on my house too!