Book on Irvington architecture arrives on time for the holidays
, 2014

Book on Irvington architecture
arrives on time for the holidays

The Irvington Village Improvement Association (VIA) on Friday announced the publication of a new book, The Houses of Irvington: Architecture of an American Village, will be available for sale in stores beginning November 26.

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Members of the Irvington Village Improvement Association and author Steven Reiss examine the first shipment of The Houses of Irvington-Architecture of an American Village. From left are Gene Edmonds, Kathleen Pollard, Reiss and Katya Spicuzza.

Authored by Irvington resident and architect Steven Reiss, the book portrays nine distinct architectural styles.

“Readers can easily identify these styles with book in hand walking through the village,” said Reiss. “The book offers a visual history of the evolution of American house design using photographs of over 40 Irvington homes.”

He feels strongly that the history of any community can be better understood through the architectural lens of its homes constructed over time, he said.

Residents and visitors will greatly enjoy their experience of viewing Irvington’s historic development with the help of this book, said VIA president Larry Worth. The book is one more way to enrich the experience of visitors and friends coming to Irvington and the Northern Neck.

Councilman and VIA member Gene Edmonds said he is especially pleased with a section in the book titled Yesterday and Today, which looks at a number of photographs of Irvington buildings and compares them with photographs from when they were first built.

“A community’s character is deeply rooted in its past and while structures can’t always be saved, they should be remembered as their stories are told and retold through time,” said Edmonds.

Vice mayor and VIA member Kathleen Pollard was directly involved in the project.

“The release of this book is just in time for holiday gifts,” said Pollard. “The book frames the houses of Irvington from the mid-1700s through the Steamboat Era to the picturesque Irvington of today.”

To celebrate the completion of the book, copies will be signed by the author and sold at two upcoming events, including Taste by the Bay at the Tides Inn on Saturday, November 23, and a signing at Jimmy and Sook on December 5.

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