From the authors of the perennially popular A Field Guide to American Houses, the history and architectural history of the American West told in its surviving old houses and neighborhoods.This remarkable, information-packed architectural field guide covers the area that stretches from Texas to the Dakotas and westward to the Pacific, and includes 110 cities and towns with 172 historic neighborhoods and almost 200 museum houses. In a clear, easy-to-use format, the McAlesters provide thumbnail sketches of the history of the cities, towns, neighborhoods, and individual houses with just the right amount of information and fascinating detail. They reveal why and how the cities and towns developed and how the architecture of their interesting old neighborhoods and houses documents this past. The text is supplemented with historic and contemporary photographs, maps, and illustrations.

An invaluable guide for housewatchers and architecture buffs, as well as for actual and armchair travelers.