“Selling the Dwelling: The Books That Built America’s Houses, 1775-2000.”

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January 12, 2014 by SherylJaeger

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Through Friday February 7, 2014 in our Ground Floor Gallery:“Selling the Dwelling: The Books That Built America’s Houses, 1775-2000.” An exhibit by Ephemera Society member, Richard Cheek. The evolution of the house design book in the United States is a long and complicated story, filled with architectural creativity and banality, commercial genius and excess, egalitarian and humanitarian ideals, literary and social ambition, can-do individualism, faith in progress and invention, and endless energy. All of these quintessential American traits are bound within the pages of the builder’s guides, pattern books, catalogues, and other forms of architectural literature on show at the Grolier Club through February 7, 2014. Curator Richard Cheek highlights the more visually arresting and socially compelling examples of this genre, focusing on books that reveal the character of our country as much as they do the style of our houses. Gallery hours Monday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm, but please note note that the Club will be closed on January 20, 2014. for more information go to http://www.grolierclub.org/


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