Peter Pennoyer Architects
Peter Pennoyer Architects
Author(s): Anne Walker
Foreword: Robert A. M. Stern
Illustrations: 250 full-color and 30 black-and-white illustrations
Pages: 240 pages
Trim Size: 10 x 12 inches
Format: Hardcover with jacket
ISBN: 978-0-86565-268-2
Published Date: 11/01/2010
Price: US $60.00 CAN $78.00
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Praise for Peter Pennoyer Architects:

“Peter Pennoyer is on the top of my short list of great American architects. His extraordinary understanding of the nuances of architecture, and exemplary respect for historic precedents, allow me to do my job ever better. As can be seen on every page of this captivating book, he is a decorator's dream architect."

~ Jeffrey Bilhuber

“Peter Pennoyer is perhaps the rudest, rowdiest, most unruly, rambunctious, and revolutionary radical in all of contemporary architecture. He has dared rip out by the roots the cardinal rule of by-now-rusty, notoriously rule-ridden, nearly century-old Modernism: 'Thou shalt not render any design requiring more than a ruler and a protractor.' Pennoyer has readily run the forbidden risk of trying every form he can recall plus forms too radically recent to be recognized at first run-through. He is the ruler of Right Now in American architecture."

~ Tom Wolfe

“Like a summer's day, each of Peter Pennoyer's rooms invites and refreshes. His homes seem to have existed forever - perfectly proportioned, welcoming, and full of good times to come. A beautiful book to stroll through and linger in."

~ Sigourney Weaver

“Peter Pennoyer has a way of creating inspiring rooms that are incredibly beautiful yet still feel like homes meant for living in. His designs seamlessly mix color, pattern, texture, and proportion and have meticulous attention to historic details that stays true to the original architecture of the space."

~ Tory Burch

Combining an inventive spirit with an erudite grasp of architectural history, Peter Pennoyer Architects has been designing elegant, classically based homes in both urban and country settings for two decades. Twenty of the firm's residential projects are featured in this sumptuously illustrated volume, ranging from a triplex on New York's Fifth Avenue to a Spanish Colonial Revival house in San Francisco, from a farmhouse in the Virginia countryside to a ranch house in New Mexico. No matter how they differ in style, each project embodies the basic principles of the profession - beauty, utility, and fitness - that the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius postulated in the first century B.C.

The uniqueness of a Pennoyer project lies in the firm's solid grounding in - and fluency with - the classical idiom, which is not an end in itself but a point of departure. “It's classicism with a twist," says Peter Pennoyer. “We never repeat any design or even any aspect of a design. Our client can count on his house being singular in its outward guise." And, guided by Peter Pennoyer and Anne Walker's illuminating text, the reader can count on deriving great appreciation for the firm's impeccable implementation of classical traditions and skillful adaptation of timeless design to the exigencies of modern life.

Note: In addition to houses, Peter Pennoyer Architects also designs commercial and institutional spaces, including:

Keith Haring's Pop Shop, New York City

Warhol Factory, New York City (renovation)

The Mark Hotel, New York City

Hodsoll McKenzie Cloth, London


About the Contributor(s)

Peter Pennoyer, a graduate of Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, formed Peter Pennoyer Architects in 1990, opening a satellite office in San Francisco in 2005. The firm has designed houses and institutional projects from New York to California. He is the coauthor (with Anne Walker) of The Architecture of Delano & Aldrich, The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore, and The Architecture of Grosvenor Atterbury (all published by W. W. Norton).

Author Anne Walker holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from Columbia University. She is the coauthor with Donald M. Rattner of The Ford Plantation Architectural Pattern Book and the coauthor with Peter Pennoyer of The Architecture of Delano & Aldrich, The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore, and The Architecture of Grosvenor Atterbury.

Robert A. M. Stern, founder and Senior Partner of Robert A. M. Stern Architects, is Dean of the Yale School of Architecture. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the AIA New York Chapter’s Presdient’s Award  (2001) and the Board of Directors’ Honor from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America (2007).