Author(s): Susan Daley
The American farmhouse represents integrity, ingenuity, capability and America's rural and agricultural heritage. Today the farmhouse is a survivor from another era and can be found either in the process of constant evolution or carefully preserved in the original state by the owners. Photographers Steve Gross and Sue Daley set out to document 20 farmhouses of America's east coast. Some are working farms that have been passed down from generation to generation, others are farmhouses that have been rescued from abandonment and neglect and are now furnished with handmade items and folk art. Accompanying over 200 stunning photographs of the houses exteriors, interiors and surrounding gardens and land, will be text discussing the history of the homes and the families that proudly maintain them. From a 300 year old Sydenham House in Newark, New Jersey to Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, in the same family since the 18th century and now a CSA organic farm, this is a look at American culture through that most celebrated and quintessential building style, the farmhouse.
Steve Gross and Sue Daley are a husband wife team of photographers who travel extensively documenting American architecture and design for books and magazines. Their previous books include Gardens of the Hudson Valley (Monacelli Press, 2010), Creole Houses (Abrams, 2007), Catskills Country Style (Rizzoli, 2006), Santa Fe: Houses and Gardens (Rizzoli, 2002), and Old Florida (Rizzoli, 2003).