The middle Georgia area--including Baldwin, Hancock, Jasper,
Johnson, Putnam, Washington, and Wilkinson Counties--is a vast
living museum of classic southern architecture. First published in
1972, this sweeping survey remains one of the best books on the
topic, covering primitive, Gothic, Greek Revival, and Victorian
styles, and beyond.
John Linley's descriptions of the diverse structures of the
Oconee area are illustrated with more than three hundred
photographs and representative floor plans. Fine architecture, as
Linley shows, is greatly influenced by climate and geography, by
the natural resources of the region, and by history, custom, and
tradition. He considers these major factors along with such
individual features as green spaces--gardens and parks--and town
and city plans, viewing the architecture in relation to the whole
The architecture is discussed in chronological order by style
and is related to the surrounding country, with each of the seven
Oconee area counties presented historically and in terms of its own
resources. Touring maps of the counties and the principal towns
locate all structures and points of interest mentioned in the
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