Ornamenting the “Cold Roast”

The Domestic Architecture and Interior Design of Upper-Class Boston Homes, 1760-1880

Dorothee Wagner von Hoff

Transcript-Verlag

Ornamenting the “Cold Roast”

Pub Date: March 2013

ISBN: 9783837622768

340 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $62.00

Ornamenting the “Cold Roast”

The Domestic Architecture and Interior Design of Upper-Class Boston Homes, 1760-1880

Dorothee Wagner von Hoff

Transcript-Verlag

This book presents the meticulous case studies of three individual houses from different eras, which serve to depict the social, political, and cultural effects that domestic architecture and interior design had on the upper class, the city of Boston, and a national American identity. It takes the reader on a journey to 18th and 19th century Boston and provides insight into the lives of these prominent men and women as seen through the perspective of their homes. It is a novel examination of the cultural significance of domestic architecture and interior design and, because of its story-telling character and extensive attention to detail, it is fascinating for curious readers and cultural historians alike.

About the Author

Dorothee Wagner von Hoff received her PhD at the University of Munich. Her research interests include Colonial and Victorian Architecture and interior design, as well as urban studies and American literature.