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Maine Cottages
Fred L. Savage and the Architecture of Mount Desert
John M. Bryan

ISBN 9781568983172
Publication date 5/1/2005
9 x 12 inches (22.9 x 30.5 cm), Hardcover
304 pages, 250 color illustrations, 75 b/w illustrations
Rights: World; Carton qty: 8; (-15.15)

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Mount Desert has been one of America's favorite tourist destinations for over 150 years. As early as the 1840s, the lush landscape of this island on the Maine coast attracted artists and writers, who soon made Mount Desert's beauty famous with their paintings and publications. The stream of tourists that began traveling to the island after the Civil War prompted a building boom of cottages, hotels, and various buildings in Bar Harbor and other towns in the vicinity.

Fred Savage (1861-1924) was the most influential architect in the development of Mount Desert and northeastern Maine, designing over three hundred buildings. Richly illustrated with archival drawings, photographs, and newly commissioned color photography, Maine Cottages presents all of Savage's most important works while placing the life and career of this architect in the larger context of Mount Desert.

John Bryan is a noted architectural historian and professor of art history at the University of South Carolina. Richard Cheek is an architectural photographer who has been recording the visual history of American design since 1966.

Editorial Reviews

The Sunday Telegram :
"Long loved by old money, Northeast Harbor remains a favorite to many. "

Maine Antiques:
"A pleasure to read . . . of value to anyone interested in any measure in the history of the island and/or the history of the shingle style."

Clem Labine's Period Homes:
"In the introduction to his new book, Maine Cottages: Fred L. Savage and the Architecture of Mount Desert, John M. Bryan writes that the architects 'did more than anyone else to shape the architectural character of Mount Desert.' Three hundred comprehensively researched and handsomely illustrated pages later, readers will have little doubt as to the veracity of Bryan's assertion."

Coastal Classic, Boston Sunday Globe :
"A walking tour of more than 70 surviving structures designed by the local sea captains son from 1886 to 1924. They range from the grand old Asticou Inn, which presiides over the harbor, to a shingle-style cottage, Rosserne, overlooking Soomes Sound." — Letitia Baldwin

Cottage Style:
"Lovers of New England and Victoriana should not miss this book."

"Athoroughly researched and beautifully illustrated book documenting Savage's imprint. . . . A well-organized, well-written, in-depth work . . . Essential."

2nd Home Journal:
"This handsome book will delight those who appreciate the homes and mansions-all known as cottages-that overlook some of Maine's most rugged shores and magnificent views."

Antiques Magazine:
"Lucidly written, well annotated, and spectacularly illustrated with photographs by Richard Cheek, which themselves constitute a vicarious and pleasurable visit to the island."

Maine Antique Digest:
"A pleasure to read. The story of Fred Savage is also in large part the story of the development of the shingle style on some of the wealthiest real estate Down East. Here the two are entwined with a sumptuousness worthy of the subject."

Reader Comments

(rating 5 out of 5):
What a fabulous book!!!
- Rose P. Ruze from Concord, MA (05/13/2005)
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