architecture has been influenced by Spanish and Italian motifs since the early
days of the Republic. Spanish Colonial architecture, in particular, made its
way into the southern reaches of the United States, especially in the former
Spanish domains. In the 1920s, Spanish-style architecture was very popular
across the warmer climates of California, Arizona, New Mexico, the Gulf Coast
and Florida. Influences from Italy and Northern Africa were also finding their
way, indirectly, into this peculiar American interpretation of Mediterranean
architecture. These early influences continued to hold sway on the design of
building into the late twentieth century.
selected some of the finest American houses in this "Mediterranean"
style to illustrate his 1928 survey. He included 77 estates and residences, and
one hotel, with designs by Wallace Neff, George Washington Smith, Marion Sims
Wyeth, Myron Hunt, Marston Van Pelt and Maybury, Sumner Greene, and many
others. Each building is illustrated by plan and photographs. Geo-graphically,
California and Florida dominate the survey, with designs from as far north as
Pittsburgh and Cleveland.