These two books cover a substantial period of German architecture, supplementing each other in a very direct way; Bröönner's book presents everything that was hated by the reformers in Umbach's book. The very feel of the books contrasts in a corresponding way: Umbach's small and smartly modest-looking; Bröönner's large, lavish, colorful——and although many times heavier than Umbach's, it costs only a little more.

The "deutsche Villa," as presented in Bröönner's very substantially upgraded version of the editions of 1987 and 1991, was a German architectural success story, at least so it was thought until 1900. Rising high, lavishly decorated, bulky or slender, these houses still dominate many of the inner suburban areas in virtually every town of the German-speaking lands (although this book deals with the area of present-day Germany only). Most of the color photographs are recent, and almost all...

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