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Federal Style Patterns 1780-1820

“Those seeking guidance or inspiration in creating historically accurate Federal-style architectural elements need look no further than Federal Style Patterns 1780-1820.” Period Homes, September 2005

Federal Style Patterns 1780-1820

Federal Style Patterns 1780-1820

Federal Style Patterns 1780-1820

Federal Style Patterns 1780-1820

About the Book

Just published by John Wiley & Sons, Federal Style Patterns 1780-1820! In spite of a renewed interest in and enthusiasm for America’s Federal Style, a Federal Style pattern book has not been published in over 200 years and until now, there was no single volume source to turn to for examples of the appearance of Federal Style interior architectural treatments.

Drawn by a Cabinetmaker, these Federal Style patterns were meticulously researched, accurately drawn, and are based upon Period Pattern Books, Photographs, and Drawings of Historic Homes.

This unique one-volume resource includes over three hundred clear, crisp line drawings of Federal Style architectural details:

Cornice Moldings in Five Styles, Chair Rails, Window & Door Surrounds, Window Sills & Aprons, Interior Doors and Arches, Baseboards, Mantels, Room Designs, & Fences.

Learn the “secret” of Neoclassic proportioning and see how simple it is to create your own eye-pleasing designs! Period books, such as Asher Benjamin’s American Builder’s Companion, assume and require that the reader possess an understanding and facility with Geometry. Federal Style Patterns 1780-1820 introduces the use of the common feet/inch calculator and computer so that the modern user may easily understand and utilize the proportioning system used for Federal Style designs (Golden Section). The Golden Section is explained in this work for practical design use. Most volumes discuss the Golden Section only as math theory. In addition, each book includes a Companion CD with drawings ready to use in PC and Mac formats.

Acomplement to photographic architecture booksFederal Style Patterns 1780-1820 provides clear, contour- style drawings of the small details of the American Federal Style. These small details (quirked moldings, carved rosettes, beads, etc.) are its most characteristic feature and photographs rarely can capture them.

Companion CD. Each book includes a CD-Rom containing the drawings in vector PDF, PowerCadd for Macintosh, DXF for PC, and PostScript formats.

FEDERAL CHARM: Exploring the Timeless Elegance of Federal Style Architecture and Home Decoration

Welcome to “Federal Charm”! This blog is all about exploring the timeless elegance of federal style architecture and home decoration. From the grandeur of historic homes to the simplicity of modern interiors, we’ll delve into the world of federal style and discover how it can be incorporated into our homes today.

Federal style architecture, also referred to as “Adam style,” emerged in the late 18th century, known for its symmetrical facade, central entrance, balanced windows, elegance, simplicity, and classical influences.

One of the great things about federal style architecture is that it can be adapted to suit a variety of tastes and styles. Whether you’re drawn to the grandeur of historic homes or the simplicity of modern interiors, you’ll find that federal style has something to offer.

On this blog, we’ll take a closer look at the history and characteristics of federal style architecture, as well as explore ways to incorporate it into modern homes. From decorating tips and DIY projects to tours of historic homes, you’ll find plenty of inspiration for your own home here. So, come along and join us on our journey of discovery as we explore the timeless elegance of federal style architecture and home decoration!



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