Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9781935195245 Published April 2012

The Complete House and Grounds

Learning from Andrew Jackson Downing’s Domestic Architecture

Caren Yglesias

The Complete House and Grounds

Caren Yglesias

Distributed for Columbia College Chicago Press

255 pages | 100 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2011
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9781935195245 Published April 2012

Andrew Jackson Downing, now considered the father of American landscape architecture, was among the first to develop aesthetic theories that differed sharply from those perpetuated in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Europe. He designed houses based upon American democratic values and advocated for domestic design that would satisfy basic human needs along with the desire to live well.

In this book, Caren Yglesias, a practicing architect, examines Downing’s legacy with an eye for relevance to today’s domestic landscape. She builds on Downing’s work in order to redefine what makes a “complete,” or nurturing and fulfilling, house and grounds.
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1. A. J. Downing: A Life
2. Design Principles
    Adapting foreign influences for the American audience
    Truthful architecture
    Truthful landscapes
3. House and Grounds
    A regular house with a subdivided floor plan
    An irregular house with an assembled floor plan
    Linking a proprietor’s character to architecture and landscape
4. Original Forms of Dwelling
    The secure cave
    The mediating tent
    The hut of instruments
5. Applying a Language of Sensibilities
    Methods of personification, allegory, and animation 

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