New Classic American Houses

The Architecture of Albert, Righter & Tittmann

By Dan Cooper

Foreword by Robert A. M. Stern

216 pages

9¾ x 10¾ in. , portrait

Over 430 color, b+w illustrations

Hardcover with jacket

ISBN 978-0-86565-253-8

US $50 / CAN $64.99

"Brew a hearty cup of tea, sit down by the fire, and waltz through the pages of Albert, Righter & Tittman’s magnificent portfolio of work. New Classic American Houses is an architectural page-turner brimming with creative interpretations of traditional forms. AR&T’s four decades devoted to mastering the art of the new old house shines through designs that are intoxicating. This classically crafted monograph will be an elegant addition to any traditionalist’s library."
— Russell Versaci, AIA, Architect and author of Creating a New Old House and Roots of Home

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Named one of the best architecture firms of 2008 by Best of Boston®, Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects create finely crafted houses that pay homage to classic American house styles yet are adapted with skill, mastery, and a good dose of irreverence to suit contemporary American life. At first glance, the Cambridge Cupola House looks like a typical mid-nineteenth-century Greek Revival house, but on closer inspection, one realizes that nothing is quite where it should be. The grand, cupola-topped rotunda entrance, for instance, is located not in the front, but on the side of the house! The reason? To increase the living space for the inhabitants.

Illustrated with specially commissioned photographs, as well as with plans, drawings, and watercolors, this sumptuous volume celebrates AR&T’s timeless, innovative designs and explores the historical styles on which they are based—from Classical to Shingle, from Carpenter Gothic to Cape.

Dan Cooper writes about architecture, interior design, and antiques for Period Homes, Old-House Interiors, Antique Homes, Arts and Crafts Homes, Victorian Homes, Style 1900, Traditional Building, and Art and Antiques, among other publications. A nationally recognized expert on historic carpeting, he is consulted by museums, state capitols, and private citizens all over the United States and Canada. He divides his time between Western Massachusetts and New York.

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 President’s Award (2001) and the Board of Directors’ Honor from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America (2007). He is the author of many books and his work is the subject of many more.