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The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors: A Tale of by Henry Petroski

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By Henry Petroski

An architectural whodunit that unlocks the secrets and techniques of a hand-built home.

whilst Henry Petroski and his spouse Catherine obtained a captivating yet modest six-decades-old island retreat in coastal Maine, Petroski couldn’t support yet respect its strange development. An eminent professional on engineering, historical past, and layout, he started pondering in regards to the place’s origins and evolution: Who outfitted it, and the way? What wishes, fabrics, applied sciences, historic advancements, and legislation formed it? How had it fared over the years with its a number of population?

Sleuthing round dimly lit closets, knotty-pine wall panels, or even a mystery passage―but by no means elimination a lot as a nail―Petroski zooms in at the information but in addition steps again to check the constitution within the context of its time and place.

Catherine Petroski’s appealing pictures seize the clues and the ambience. a colourful solid of acquaintances and prior residents―most significantly the house’s masterful writer, an engineer-turned-“folk architect”―become key characters within the story.

As the secret unfolds, revealing a unprecedented condo and its environs, this ode to loving layout will depart readers enchanted and inspired.

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The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors: A Tale of Architectural Choice and Craftsmanship

An architectural whodunit that unlocks the secrets and techniques of a hand-built domestic. whilst Henry Petroski and his spouse Catherine acquired an enthralling yet modest six-decades-old island retreat in coastal Maine, Petroski couldn’t support yet respect its strange building. An eminent professional on engineering, heritage, and layout, he all started thinking about in regards to the place’s origins and evolution: Who equipped it, and the way?

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But then another fork comes into view, where the lane diverges and loops around the tree. At last the river and our house beside it reveal themselves. ” Finding and buying a retreat in Maine, or anywhere else, is no trivial matter. There are, of course, financial considerations, which include whether the place is affordable and likely to hold its value. But there are also matters of accessibility, livability, and possibility. How far from home must a second one be to qualify? How different must or should the climate be to feel invigorating?

Had the broad expanse of the river in the background not pulled our eyes to it then, as it still does now, I might have suggested that the realtor turn around without our looking inside. The aspect of the building from the drive was the least attractive to me, something I remembered feeling even when looking at the listing photos. The steeply pitched and unrelieved roof dominated the view, the top of the chimney on the far side being barely visible from the approach road. The attic windows in the south gable were crowded up against the eaves, and those on the lower floor lacked even a hint of symmetry or unity.

When we ask our short-distance callers to describe where they are, they invariably say that they are in front of a very big shingled house into whose driveway our instructions are taking them. We tell them that they are on track and should drive straight toward the barn, which has a discreet sign reading “Robert Shultz Builders,” and follow the drive that makes a sharp right just in front of it. Even though the improved way ends there, they should continue on the dirt road going down toward the river.

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