William T. Baker's work is inspired by the bounty of classical architecture found in the grand homes of the southern United States, particularly Georgia. The hallmarks of this architecture are his extraordinary attention to the finer details of craftsmanship and construction, and his keen eye for scale proportion.
Throughout the pages of this richly illustrated book, we meet the families who have entrusted him with their dreams and visions and whose trust has been rewarded with classically inspired homes of grace and beauty.
The twenty-eight projects presented in this volume encapsulate the first two decades of Willian T. Baker's career and give the reader a glimpse into the lives of these modern American families. Blending seamlessly into historic neighborhoods, these new 'old houses' are outstanding achievements in timeless, permanent architecture that resist modern shortcuts and easy solutions.
An insightful introduction by Atlanta historian, Beverly Means DuBose, III contributes to a deeper understanding of the history of classical architecture in America and the culture that has produced some of the world's great residential architecture. Says Mr DuBose, 'Few possess the talent to be sensitive to the desires of the client while producing a classical design that is livable, functional, and a visual delight.'
William T. Baker is one of America's talented designers who is at the forefront of the renewed interest in classicism. His work is contributing greatly to some of the most esthetically pleasing residences being built in the Untied State today.