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Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

New Classic American Houses

Becky

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If you are in the metro Boston area in the next month or so, try to catch a book talk for New Classic American Houses: The Work of Albert, Righter & Tittmann. For the rest of us, we’ll just have to settle for the book. In a time where Nantucket has been overtaken by gaudy McMansions that are trying to pretend that they are shingle style, and hot messes of massing on new houses that are trying to look classic, Albert, Righter & Tittman just gets it. I don’t really know how else to say it. They are respectful of tradition while pushing the envelope with postmodern moves. They understand scale, history, context, massing, and site planning.Here are a few teasers:

Top image from amazon.com. All other photos from Albert, Righter & Tittmann

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the "Editorial Director" here on Hatch, you can find me spewing lots of design opinions and tips over at Houzz. Make me happy -- leave a comment!

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  1. Joe Aristidis says:

    July 16th, 2010 at 11:50 pm (#)

    Great book, isn’t it? I saw it in Dymocks in Sydney’s CBD Australia and went back several times to have another look. This book costs in Oz around US$80 because of the book tariff laws protecting the local book industry. I thought how good would it be to build a straightforward off the shelf kit home with high ceilings and a pitched roof to lock up stage, rearrange the windows and and do the outside style elements yourself according to this modern american style…it would not be ‘fundamentalistic’ american classic style but you would still end up with a fantastic home for a small price. This is inspirational stuff.

    Cheers,
    Joe from Sydney

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