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Casa Alta An Andalusian Paradise

Princeton Architectural Press

By Elizabeth McMillan

8.5 x 10.5 in; 192 pp;
Hardcover
April 2013
ISBN 9781616891374
ISBN10 1616891378

SKU# 9781616891374

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Quick Overview

When San Franciscans Victor Carrasco and
Elizabeth McMillan bought their dream home in
1978, an abandoned courtyard house in a small
Andalusian village in Southern Spain, they had
little idea of the adventure ahead of them, beyond
the immediate task of restoring an old building
in poor condition.
Casa Alta An Andalusian Paradise


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Casa Alta An Andalusian Paradise

When San Franciscans Victor Carrasco and Elizabeth McMillan bought their dream home in 1978, an abandoned courtyard house in a small Andalusian village in Southern Spain, they had little idea of the adventure ahead of them, beyond the immediate task of restoring an old building in poor condition. In addition to lacking modern amenities like plumbing and electricity, the fifteenthcentury Casa Alta featured a partly caved-in roof, a cracked facade, and a collapsed central arcade. What attracted the intrepid couple was not the structural mayhem facing them, but the spaces the three-footthick whitewashed walls enclosed, including two large courtyards, panoramic views of the landscape, and the ineffable history of a house that dates back to Roman times. Casa Alta presents the breathtaking results of a nearly three-decade-long labor of love. Stunning photographs capture the lived-in details of the house—part sanctuary and part labyrinth— from vibrant tiles and textiles to calming plants and pools. Bursting with color, pattern, light, and texture, Casa Alta is a fount of creative inspiration and an extraordinarily moving personal story sure to captivate anyone who has ever dreamed of renovating a historic home.

• Features gorgeous images by acclaimed photographer Richard Barnes
• Includes written contributions by John Loomis (author of Revolution of Forms), architect Antonio Ortiz, poet Jacobo Cortines, and the late Victor Carrasco
• Appeals to interiors and lifestyle audiences
• Dual-language edition (English and Spanish)

 

More Details

8.5 x 10.5 in; 192 pp;
Hardcover
April 2013
ISBN 9781616891374
ISBN10 1616891378
Author and philanthropist Elizabeth McMillan splits her time between her home in San Francisco and Casa Alta