Duck Duck Book

10 – tiny, tiny houses
01.31.2005, 12:03 am
Filed under: art & entertainment

Tiny, tiny houses / Lester Walker.
Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Press, 1987.
[MCL call number: 728.37 W181t; one copy, no holds]

Walker describes some weensy houses, and provides photographs and sharp architectural drawings of each. Some of the houses are one-offs — such as Thos. Jefferson's starter house at Monticello or the little inside-out house that has everything but the bedroom on the wraparound porch — but others are designs that were used for many buildings — such as the bandbox rowhouses (three 10' x 10' rooms stacked on top of each other) of Philadelphia and the "camp" houses built for Methodist summer religious retreats around 1900. It's a nice book to leaf through as you daydream about your own tiny little castle.

n.b., Tiny, Tiny Houses was reprinted in a slightly smaller format (23 cm rather than 29 cm tall) and with a new title:

A little house of my own : 47 grand designs for 47 tiny houses / by Lester Walker.
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal, 2000.
[MCL call number: 728.37 W181L 2000; two copies, no holds]

Walker is probably most well-known for his more comprehensive work on domestic architecture in the United States, American Shelter : An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Home (1981, reprinted in 2002 under the title American Homes : The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Domestic Architecture; don't ask me why his books have such mutable names), which provides detailed descriptions and meticulous drawings of home types, from houses made of ice and sod to trailer homes to the fancy Victorians with gingerbread on them.


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