The Great American House (Hardcover)

Tradition for the Way We Live Now

By Gil Schafer, III, Marc Kristal, Bunny Williams (Foreword by)

Rizzoli International Publications, 9780847838721, 254pp.

Publication Date: September 18, 2012



Architect Gil Schafer illustrates how he blends classical architecture, interior decoration, and landscapes to create homes with a feeling of history. Schafer specialises in building new 'old' houses, as well as renovating historic homes.

About the Author

Award-winning architect and AD 100 member Gil Schafer is consistently recognized as one of the world's experts on contemporary classical architecture. From 1999 to 2006, Schafer served as president and then chairman of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America. His work has been featured in many publications, including Elle Decor and the New York Times. Bunny Williams is an acclaimed interior designer and the author of four books, including An Affair with a House.

Praise For The Great American House: Tradition for the Way We Live Now

"...a stunning testimony to a life well-lived. His work melds the best of the past, present and future, with each home beautifully thought out, romantic and dreamy. Each of the 256 pages in this tome is an inspiration to build one perfect home in your lifetime."

"These pages document Schafer's love...and illustrate how thoughtful architecture can infuse the spaces in which we live with meaning." ~Veranda Magazine

"I opened the book, and before I knew it, a few hours had passed. And really, I can’t imagine a better way to spend a few hours than to read Gil’s engaging text and pore over the big, beautiful photos of his work." ~The Peak of Chic

"Anyone that has loved a house--or wants to fall in love all over again with their old one should get this book. Better yet-if you don't believe in Love- get the book, Schafer will convince you it can be found at Home."

"This is a remarkably good book, "The Great American House", should be on your list."