The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors: A Tale of Architectural Choice and Craftsmanship

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9780393242041: The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors: A Tale of Architectural Choice and Craftsmanship

When Henry Petroski and his wife Catherine bought a charming but modest six-decades-old island retreat in coastal Maine, Petroski couldn't help but admire its unusual construction. An eminent expert on engineering, history, and design, he began wondering about the place's origins and evolution: Who built it, and how? What needs, materials, technologies, historical developments, and laws shaped it? How had it fared through the years with its various inhabitants? Sleuthing around dimly lit closets, knotty-pine wall panels, and even a secret passage-but never removing so much as a nail-Petroski zooms in on the details but also steps back to examine the structure in the context of its time and place. Catherine Petroski's beautiful photographs capture the clues and the atmosphere. A vibrant cast of neighbors and past residents-most notably the house's masterful creator, an engineer-turned-"folk architect"-become key characters in the story. As the mystery unfolds, revealing an extraordinary house and its environs, this ode to loving design will leave readers enchanted and inspired.

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Petroski s prose will make satisfying reading for architects and carpenters of the professional, amateur, and armchair varieties. "

A narrative tour-de-force. --David Esterly"

A very close examination of a house s anatomy, garnished with far-ranging asides on how things get made intriguing. --Peter Whoriskey"

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Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University. He is the author of seventeen previous books on engineering and design, including the classics To Engineer Is Human and The Pencil. Catherine Petroski is a photographer and the author of fiction and nonfiction books, including A Bride's Passage. She and Henry live in Durham, North Carolina, and Arrowsic, Maine.

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Descrizione libro Norton. 1 Cloth(s), 2014. hard. Condizione libro: New. When civil engineer Henry Petroski—author of To Engineer is Human and The Pencil—and his wife Catherine bought a modest though charming six-decades-old island retreat in coastal Maine, Petroski couldn't help but admire its hand-built construction. He began wondering about the place's origins and evolution: Who built it, and how? What needs, materials, technologies, historical developments, and laws shaped it? How had it fared with various inhabitants? Poking into dimly lit closets and behind knotty-pine wall panels, and even finding a secret passage—but never removing so much as a nail—Petroski sleuths out the details but also steps back to examine the structure in the context of its time and place."Since penning his first book on design failures in 1985, prolific author and civil engineer Petroski has also written at length about design successes, including such previously unheralded implements as paper clips, pencils, and toothpicks. When Petroski and his wife, Catherine, bought the cabin-like retreat several years ago, he had little idea it would be filled with enough design quirks to provoke him into a full-scale investigation of its construction history. Petroski's research included surveying the building's unusual environs and interviewing former owners and surviving relatives of its eccentric builder. Though this fascinating history of a house includes painstaking attention to woodcrafting techniques . the book is replete with Petroski's usual fascinating details and elegant prose."—Booklist 297. Codice libro della libreria 71720

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Descrizione libro WW Norton Co, United States, 2014. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. When Henry Petroski and his wife Catherine bought a charming but modest six-decades-old island retreat in coastal Maine, Petroski couldn t help but admire its unusual construction. An eminent expert on engineering, history, and design, he began wondering about the place s origins and evolution: Who built it, and how? What needs, materials, technologies, historical developments, and laws shaped it? How had it fared through the years with its various inhabitants? Sleuthing around dimly lit closets, knotty-pine wall panels, and even a secret passage-but never removing so much as a nail-Petroski zooms in on the details but also steps back to examine the structure in the context of its time and place. Catherine Petroski s beautiful photographs capture the clues and the atmosphere. A vibrant cast of neighbors and past residents-most notably the house s masterful creator, an engineer-turned- folk architect -become key characters in the story. As the mystery unfolds, revealing an extraordinary house and its environs, this ode to loving design will leave readers enchanted and inspired. Codice libro della libreria AAS9780393242041

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Descrizione libro WW Norton Co, United States, 2014. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. When Henry Petroski and his wife Catherine bought a charming but modest six-decades-old island retreat in coastal Maine, Petroski couldn t help but admire its unusual construction. An eminent expert on engineering, history, and design, he began wondering about the place s origins and evolution: Who built it, and how? What needs, materials, technologies, historical developments, and laws shaped it? How had it fared through the years with its various inhabitants? Sleuthing around dimly lit closets, knotty-pine wall panels, and even a secret passage-but never removing so much as a nail-Petroski zooms in on the details but also steps back to examine the structure in the context of its time and place. Catherine Petroski s beautiful photographs capture the clues and the atmosphere. A vibrant cast of neighbors and past residents-most notably the house s masterful creator, an engineer-turned- folk architect -become key characters in the story. As the mystery unfolds, revealing an extraordinary house and its environs, this ode to loving design will leave readers enchanted and inspired. Codice libro della libreria AAS9780393242041

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