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The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors free pdf When Henry Petroski and his wife Catherine bought a charming but modest six-decades-old island retreat in coastal Maine, Petroski couldn't help but admire its unusual construction. An eminent expert on engineering, history, and design, he began wondering about the place's origins and evolution: Who built it, and how? What needs, materials, technologies, historical developments, and laws shaped it? How had it fared through the years with its various inhabitants? Sleuthing around dimly lit closets, knotty-pine wall panels, and even a secret passage-but never removing so much as a nail-Petroski zooms in on the details but also steps back to examine the structure in the context of its time and place. Catherine Petroski's beautiful photographs capture the clues and the atmosphere. A vibrant cast of neighbors and past residents-most notably the house's masterful creator, an engineer-turned-"folk architect"-become key characters in the story. As the mystery unfolds, revealing an extraordinary house and its environs, this ode to loving design will leave readers enchanted and inspired.

About Henry Petroski

Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University. He is the author of seventeen previous books on engineering and design, including the classics To Engineer Is Human and The Pencil. Catherine Petroski is a photographer and the author of fiction and nonfiction books, including A Bride's Passage. She and Henry live in Durham, North Carolina, and Arrowsic, Maine.

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Author : Henry Petroski
Publisher : WW Norton
Data Published : 27 June 2014
ISBN : 0393242048
EAN : 9780393242041
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 304 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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  • The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors free pdfThe House with Sixteen Handmade Doors

    . When Henry Petroski and his wife Catherine bought a charming but modest six-decades-old island retreat in coastal Maine, Petroski couldn't help but admire its unusual construction. An eminent expert