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The Gentleman's Farm
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For four centuries, the ideal of the gentleman's farm has inspired Virginians to create extraordinary homes on landscapes of unparalleled beauty. Often places of retreat, these houses display the virtues of the very best of American historic and classical architecture, incorporating harmonious proportion, elegant interiors, and thoughtful design in traditional styles. Each one in its way a model of taste and beauty, the houses of The Gentleman's Farm are an expression of an American ideal of domestic happiness, the very picture of home, which has served to influence the style of residential building across the country. The houses featured, including a centuries-old home for a president as well as recently built residences, present a stylish, traditional aesthetic, hallmarks of which include warm, wood-paneled libraries, plaster walls hung with paintings of horse riding scenes, classical motifs, lovingly wrought architectural detail, screened porches, large windows that frame inspiring vistas of the country landscape-all those things that say home to the country and suburban gentleman and gentlewoman.
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Laurie Ossman, Director of Museum Affairs at The Preservation Society of Newport County, spent every summer growing up on her grandfather's Charolais farm in West Virginia. As Director of Woodlawn and Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House in Alexandria, Virginia, she worked with restaurateur Michael Babin to reinvent the historic site as the headquarters of The Arcadia Center for Sustainable Agriculture (www.arcadiafood.org). She is the author of Great Houses of the South and co-author (with Heather Ewing) of Carrere and Hastings: The Masterworks, as well as dozens of articles and reviews in both popular magazines and scholarly journals. Debra A. McClane is a private consultant in architectural history and historic preservation. A native of Botetourt County, Virginia, she grew up on the family farm, where her father continues to raise Angus cattle. Walter Smalling is an architectural photographer whose work has appeared in Architecture, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, Architectural Record and many others. He is the photographer for more than fourteen books.

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"The country home has long been the bellwether of classical architecture, distinctive taste, stately elegance, and tradition. . . Detailing the hallmarks of a classically styled hunt country house, [The Gentleman's Farm] features a variety of interiors from a presiden'ts centuries-old-home to newly designed retreats in the Virginia hunt country. Designers who appreciate proportion, history, and classical architecture, in particular, will find this book a useful addition to their design library." -ARRAY MAGAZINE "Calling all lovers of traditional design and historic homes! The Gentleman's Farm: Elegant Country House Living provides an endless array of inspiration for anyone with dreams of owning a genteel estate brimming with woodwork." -Curbed.com -The country home has long been the bellwether of classical architecture, distinctive taste, stately elegance, and tradition. . . Detailing the hallmarks of a classically styled hunt country house, [The Gentleman's Farm] features a variety of interiors from a presiden'ts centuries-old-home to newly designed retreats in the Virginia hunt country. Designers who appreciate proportion, history, and classical architecture, in particular, will find this book a useful addition to their design library.- -ARRAY MAGAZINE -Calling all lovers of traditional design and historic homes! The Gentleman's Farm: Elegant Country House Living provides an endless array of inspiration for anyone with dreams of owning a genteel estate brimming with woodwork.- -Curbed.com

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