- The architect Gil Schafer illustrates how he blends classical architecture, interior decoration, and landscape to create homes with a feeling. As a traditional architect, Gil Schafer specializes in building new “old” houses as well as renovating homes.
His work takes the best of American and classical architecture—its detailed moldings and harmonious proportions—and updates it, retaining its character and detail while simultaneously reworking it to be more in tune with the way we live now—comfortable, practical, family-oriented. In his first book, Schafer covers the three essential cornerstones of creating a great traditional house: architecture, landscape, and decoration. He discusses the important interplay between interior architecture and the fabrics, furniture, and wall treatments. In-depth profiles build on these essays, including Schafer’s own new “old” house in the Hudson Valley; the renovation of a home in Nashville designed by Charles Platt; and the restoration of a magnificent Greek Revival mansion in Charleston. Filled with hundreds of interior and detail shots, The Great American House is an invaluable resource for anyone who loves old houses and traditional design.