In the late nineteenth century, Pfeffer discovered, Northern New England saw an explosion of home construction as the railroads and steamboats opened up the mountains and river ways to tourists. As the middle class emerged, both rich and poor were eager to get out of urban areas for more rustic homes, closer to nature. Unlike the ostentatious homes of the ultra-wealthy, these humbler New England vacation homes were largely built by local, often self-taught architects who knew the area and worked with a deep connection to the landscape.
From the seacoast of Maine to the hill towns, lakes, and rivers of Vermont and New Hampshire, Pfeffer has thoroughly researched and thoughtfully photographed the best examples of this vernacular architecture. His beautiful photography will transport you to historic New England. Ripe with history and commentary, this is a serious and richly documented survey of master craftsmen, whose subtle but powerful influence on the northern New England landscape is recorded by an author with a keen and critical eye in these pages. (GibsonsB)