A History Through Houses: Cape Cod's Varied Residential Architecture

A History Through Houses: Cape Cod's Varied Residential Architecture

by Jaci Conry


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The rugged beauty of the Cape's landscape has been captured in writing since the days of Henry David Thoreau. Yet few mention the area's architecture, aside from references to the "Cape Cod houses," the basic cottages that the earliest settlers built. From Provincetown at the northern tip to the village of Woods Hole at the opposite end, the residential architecture of Cape Cod encompasses an extensive range of styles. Scattered among the charming Capes are stately Federals and Greek Revivals built for sea captains, detailed Carpenter Gothic cottages constructed by Methodist camp-goers and sprawling Victorian and Shingle-style summer mansions built during the Gilded Age. Journey with Cape Cod native Jaci Conry as she reveals the architectural influences of different eras on this timeless peninsula.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540204899
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 07/30/2010
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Jaci Conry has been intrigued by historic architecture since she was a little girl. A former editor for Forbes, South Shore Living magazine, Cape Cod magazine and the Cape Cod Guide, she is a Cape Cod native with intimate knowledge of the area’s treasured antique homes and was delighted to have the opportunity to write about them for this book. She currently writes about historic homes, architecture and design for publications including the Boston Globe Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Dwell and New England Home. She lives in a historic 1910 foursquare in Falmouth with her husband, Michael; at the time this book went to press, they were awaiting the birth of their first child. For more information about her work, visit www.jaciconry.com.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

1 The Region's Earliest Dwellings: The Enduring Cape Cod-Style House 19

2 The Whaling Era: Georgians, Greek Revivals and Second Empires 39

3 Camp Revivals and Carpenter Gothic Architecture 61

4 Cape Cod's Golden Age 77

5 Embracing the Twentieth Century 101

6 Modernist Residences 115

7 Houses of Contemporary Times 129

8 Where to Go 145

Bibliography 153

Index 155

About the Author 159

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