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The House of Coco. Hely Lima, New York.When hes not lounging in his Florida chateau, Coco retreats to Manhattan, where this pampered West Highland terrier receives guests in his very own Roman temple.Built by owner Hely Lima, the doghouse is adorned with marbleized columns and lacy balustrades made from greeting-card trimmings. The dome on top is an inverted salad bowl painted gold.
Foreign Correspondent. Babey Moulton Jue & Booth, San Francisco.Perfect for the pooch who likes to travel in style, this combination doghouse and sedan chair comes equipped with two carrying handles (humans not included).The rococo exterior is topped with leafy fronds and a gold finial. Inside, theres plush upholstered seating and a bulletin board (to display postcards, no doubt). The Roman shades raise and lower, for the modest traveler who doesnt like drawing attention to himself.
Chessies Doghouse. John M. Collins, Locust Valley, New York.This exquisite English timber frame doghouse was modeled after an eighty-year-old children playhouse on Long Island. The antique hand-hewn beams are held in place with mortise-and-tenon joints, and are topped with an authentic thatch roof. Antique glass fills the custom-made windows, which are held in place by bone-shaped latches. A matching leash holder flanks the front door.Jordan Saunders and her husband, Thomas A. Saunders III, installed the doghouse at their Long Island home.
Villa Dog. Charles Gwathmey, New York.This colorful collision of geometric forms sprang from the fertile imagination of Charles Gwathmey of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates, whose high profile commissions have included the addition to the Guggenheim Museum in New York.Until recently, however, Gwathmeys resume was missing one thing: a really good doghouse. Fortunately, that oversight has been rectified with the completion of this Cubist creation. Built out of painted plywood, it includes windows and an integrated vent to admit light and air. The yellow panel inscribed with diamonds swings open to facilitate cleaning.
Garden Pavilion for Dave. J. Woodson Rainey Jr., Arlington, Vermont.Architect J. Woodson Rainey Jr. gained notoriety a few years back for placing an eight-foot-square ant farm in the lobby of a Manhattan office building.Turning his attention to dogs, Rainey designed this collection of cedar timbers, granite slabs and stainless steel channels held together by gravity (making it easy to transport). Rain chains (inspires by Japanese architecture) drain roof water into a stone dish for the resident canine. The pet exits and enters through a leather flap built into the structures side.
Barkitecture
By Fred Albert

Size: 9 x 9", 
Cloth, 96 pages
60 illustrations, 55 in full color
Published 1999
ISBN: 978-0-7892-0373-1
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From miniature chateaus to modernist boxes, from anthromorphic abodes to classical temples, this book showcases nearly fifty one-of-a-kind doggy domiciles from across America.

In Barkitecture, architecture and design writer Fred Albert has collected some of the most wonderful and fantastic doghouses ever created. Examples include doghouses with clock towers and thatch roofs, doghouses shaped like TV sets, and even some thant look like dogs.

The book begins with an introduction that includes an entertaining history of the doghouse, accompanied by photos and drawings of noteworthy historical examples. Four Chapters follow: "Putting on the Dog" highlights stylish period reproductions; "Modern Barkitecture" includes cutting-edge "Bowhouse" designs; "A Breed Apart" features houses inspired by everyday objects; and the final chapter, "Puppourri," showcases wacky, one-of-a-kind structures that defy categorization.

Each house is illustrated by one or two color images and is accompanied by a witty, tounge-in-jowl text that describes the structures design and building materials, the creators inspirations,and their dogs reactions.

Fred Albert is one of the most respected architecture and interior design writers on the West Coast. He is the editor of Seattle Homes and Lifestyles magazine and is the co-author of American Design: The Northwest. His work has appeared extensively in The Seattle Times, Seattle magazine, and other regional and national publications.

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