Book Review: Christmas at America’s Landmark Houses

Book Review Christmas

A beautiful book came to our attention recently, and we think you’ll love adding it to your personal library or perhaps giving it as a gift to someone special on your Christmas list this year.

Titled Christmas at America’s Landmark Houses (Schiffer), the book is introduced through a foreword by Christopher Radko, whose vision for beauty has provided holiday magic for three decades through the fragile, handmade European-style glass ornaments from his namesake company.

Across the United States, properties with historic ties offer opportunities for visitors to explore and appreciate architecture and furnishings unique to each site. The value of visiting such a house is never more evident than during the Yuletide season. From notable residences, such as Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, to lesser-known dwellings, such as Whistler House (birthplace to the famous artist James McNeill Whistler), each has a story to share. And the stories have been compiled and assembled into this handsome and enlightening book by Patricia Hart McMillan and David Strahan, partners at Strahan + McMillan Architecture & Interior Design, in San Antonio, Texas.

Eighteen houses and Colonial Williamsburg are included in this inspiring work. All the properties are shown decorated for Christmas, and although some decorations are period correct, others are a happy blend of contemporary ornamentation. More than 350 images convey details about the structures, including the typical ranch-style house that was home to two future U.S. presidents, plus the “castle” where auto magnate Edsel Ford once lived.

Be inspired by the architecture, the furnishings, and the holiday décor at these American homes.

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