Lake Tahoe’s Rustic Architecture

51n2ewbklhl-_sx345_bo1204203200_My next book is scheduled for publication on July 18, 2016. Yes, I’ve turned my attention from Bayou Built to Tahoe Rustic. Here’s the little blurb that appears on the back of the book.

Lake Tahoe is the gem of the Sierra Nevada. All who visit this beautiful Lake of the Sky share Mark Twain’s impression of the place as he camped on its shore in 1861: “As it lay there with the shadows of the mountains brilliantly photographed upon its still surface I thought it must surely be the fairest picture the whole earth affords.” This quote from Roughing It includes the trinity of Tahoe’s landscape―sky, mountains, and lake―that people find inspiring still. That explains, in large part, why the built environment around the lake is predominantly rustic. The Rustic style of architecture is noted for its compatibility with its surroundings by using natural materials in construction―logs, stone, and wooden shingle―along with muted shades of green and brown. Through its homes, resorts, and other assorted buildings in the Rustic style, “the fairest picture” remains just that.

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