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Architectural Styles: Owen Hopkins

In the introduction to his visual guide to Architectural Styles, Owen Hopkins lets the reader know that architectural “style” is a 19th century creation, something that enabled architectural historians to chart developments in the appearances of buildings over time. But 220 pages later, in the book’s postscript, he asks, “In the face of ever-increasing architectural variety…what possibilities are there for ‘style’?” In both instances, Hopkins appears to be arguing against the validity of architectural style and the need for a book documenting one. Yet alas, he has written a book on such a topic, and with its focus on the visual, the book is a good introduction for students of architecture and laypeople with an interest in architecture, and a handy reference for architects who have forgotten what they learned in their history classes. In the book’s chronological format, there is an obvious move from simplicity to complexity, from “one” classical style to a plethora of styles, or, more accurately, a plurality of architects creating their own styles. The book starts with a chapter on …