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American Splendor. The Residential Architecture of Horace Trumbauer


Revised Edition, APRIL 2012
Michael C. Kathrens
Foreword by Barbara Eberlein
12 x 9 inches, 335 pp., 300 photographs and plans
Cloth, dust jacket   $79
ISBN: 978-0-926494-41-1

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The Duke house is almost more dignified than its French forebears. It is a total success. Phillip Johnson

Horace Trumbauer (1868-1938) was one of the most influential residential architects in the country house era that lasted from the late 19th century to 1930. His restrained limestone palaces and townhouses for the super rich defined a new elegance in American cities and seaside resorts.

A publicity-shy Philadelphian without social connecti ons and only 10th grade education, Trumbauer opened his own practice, at the age of 21. Within just a few years he was on his way to becoming a leading practitioner of residential design on the grandest scale. Working with some of America™s most powerful families, including the Vanderbilts, Goulds, Stotesburys, Phippses, Dukes, and Wideners, he executed commissions whose finesse and elegance rivaled the work of the celebrated architects of his generation Stanford White, Richard Morris Hunt, and Carrre & Hastings.

unmistakable synergy between architecture and design is the foundation for the appeal and longevity that his houses enjoy today. One hundred years later, Trumbauer invites us to approach his interiors with the same spirit of pragmatism and passion he devoted to them, a process of renewal that is inspiring and compelling writes the renowned Philadelphia decorator Barbara Eberlein in her new foreword.

Michael Kathrens classic volume, originally published in 2002, remains the only work on this great American architect. The revised edition of American Splendor features three additional chapters and 50 new color photographs.


MICHAEL KATHRENS is an independent scholar specializing in American residential architecture and interior decoration of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is the author of  Great Houses of New York (Acanthus Press, 2005), and Newport Villas (W.W. Norton, 2009). Kathrens is currently working on the second volume of Great Houses of New York , to be published by Acanthus Press in the spring of 2013. He lives in Newport, Rhode Island


"The revised 2012 edition highlights Trumbauers use of French and English influences to confer on his designs a sense of both stunning splendor and subtle refinement."   Philadelphia Style


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