Concept

On the whole, Southern architecture is, in style and inspiration, not so different from classical and traditional architecture anywhere else in the United States. But in particular, the architecture of the South is as varied as the many Southern sub-cultures which stretch from tidewater Virginia down to northern Florida and on over to the Gulf Coast of Texas. The climate, economy, social origins, migratory patterns, patronage, and individual genius of each locale imprint its town plans, homes, gardens, and religious and commercial buildings with a character unique to itself yet basic in its Southernness. The challenge for historians is to identify the aspects of this architecture which seem peculiar to this region and to articulate reasons as to why they are so, well, Southern. At Golden Coast Publishing the primary goal is to document the art and architecture of the South and present this documentation in packages which are accurately rendered, beautifully illustrated, enlightening, and accessible.

Golden Coast books on classic Southern cities chronicle the social and cultural histories of each place as expressed and revealed through its architecture. All are lavishly produced in full color and blend archival and contemporary illustrations with provocative scholarship and entertaining anecdotes. Each volume features an exclusive portfolio tour of homes and gardens illustrating how the ever-present Old South awareness of the past is often mixed with resourceful accommodations for modern living. The array of sizes, styles, and taste that unfolds within the portfolios provides a beautiful testament to the vigor and variety of Southern home-building.

Golden Coast monographs on architects and their firms present a comprehensive overview of an individual's career practice and frame it within a larger chronological, historical, and stylistic context. The architects featured are primarily those whose practices reflect the Southern preference for tradition and classicism. Their careers have inspired an admiration for their work lasting beyond their working practice and even their lifetimes, often illustrating an extraordinary blend of artistic and social talent.