There is at the present time a fortunately widespread and increasingly intelligent interest in the so-called Colonial Style, and particularly in its application to home-building. This book has therefore been compiled in the hope that it may be of use to those who admire the old examples and who wish to avoid in their possible building operations, certain short-comings recognizable in much of the supposedly- in-the-old-vein modern work.
To such, and perhaps only to the keenest of such, portions of Chapters III, IV, V, VI, and the latter part of Chapter IX may be found of interest, and can equally well be avoided by those who do not care to go into the more intimate details of the subject.
It is hoped that possible readers finding mistakes as to dates of buildings or other misinformation, will kindly report the same to the writer, as their assistance in making the work more comprehensive will be appreciated. Equally gratefully received would be items regarding notable Colonial examples with which the writer may not be conversant, and particularly welcome would be enlightenment as to the designers of the earlier houses, of whom the traces are almost entirely lost.