The Mediterranean House in America by Lauren Weiss Bricker ; photography by Juergen Nogai
Reviewed by Julie D. Taylor
One of the surprises of this lushly illustrated book written by SAH/SCC Member Lauren Bricker is in its title: "in America" rather than "in California". Although 12 of the 25 houses featured are in The Golden State, it's enlightening to see the Mediterranean style interpreted in Florida, New York, and Texas. Each home is documented in new photography, footnoted text, and site and floor plans. Establishing shots of the exteriors and surrounding gardens lead the reader into the project, while succeeding photos bring both the grandeur and detail to light. An occasional archival view puts into perspective the lasting legacy of the structure. A testament to the enduring strength of the Mediterranean is how it stands up to homeowner's various interpretations today - European antique embellishments, 1920s-era furnishings. contemporary art and objects. The origins and history of each house are well documented, but given that the images presented are of the homes today, the text lacks an explanation of current owners and their intentions. With the inclusion of contemporary homes designed by Buzz Yudell and Barton Myers, the book begs the question: is Mediterranean a style or a lifestyle?