Thomas H. Creighton and Katherine M. Ford: CONTEMPORARY HOUSES EVALUATED BY THEIR OWNERS. New York: Reinhold Publishing Corporation, 1961. First edition. Quarto. Black cloth decorated in yellow. Photo illustrated dust jacket. 224 pp. 240 black and white images. Jacket with light wear to top edge and a tiny chip to the lower edge of the rear panel. Interior unmarked and very clean. Out of print. A fine copy in a nearly fine dust jacket.
224 pages and 240 black and white photographs and floorplans. Includes an excellent essay that discusses in depth the following topics: the characteristics of the modern house, the architect-designed house, the critical attitude, open planning glass walls, flexibility, materials and finishes, and ornament. Highly recommended .In terms of decor, there is none of that Chippendale jive here -- every residential interior is decked out in full prewar, streamlined glory.
From the dust jacket: "The First Book to Answer These Important Questions: How well have the houses designed by some of America's best residential houses worn? How well have they met the needs of the families for whom they were planned? Frankly and freely, the owners of 36 custom-designed houses tell what they like -- and don't like about their new houses."
From the front panel: " Thirty-six houses designed by leading architects for today's living are here evaluated by the people who know them best -- their owners. An ideal guide for the prospective home builder who wishes to profit fromthe experience of others in building, whether ranch houses, town houses, houses on the shore and in the mountains, anywhere across the nation, from Connecticut to California.
Includes houses designed by Bruce Abrahamson, Robert Alexander, Blaine Drake,Anshen and Allen, Mario Corbett, George Matsumoto, Roger Lee, Sherwood, Miles and Smith, Richard Neutra (2), Josef Van Der Kar, Francis Jospeh McCarthy, E. G. Hamilton, Philip Johnson (2), Killingsworth-Brady-Smith, Robert A. Little and Associatiates, Edward Dart, The Architects Collaborative, Minoru Yamasaki and Associates, Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons (3), William Muchow, Harris Armstrong, Robert Browne, Henry Hill (2), Bassetti and Morse, George Rockrise, A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons, Olindo Grossi (2), Meathe, Kessler and Associates, J. R. Davidson, and John Ridley.