Elizabeth Collins Cromley


On her book The Food Axis: Cooking, Eating, and the Architecture of American Houses

Cover Interview of January 19, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“How a building performs as the center of architectural history.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“I hope that historians and architects will come to think about the evolution and development of American domestic architecture more as the product of people living in houses, than as the product of architects and designers producing stylish surroundings.”

On the second:

“Perhaps 5% of the buildings that get constructed in the United States are really designed by architects; the other 95% belong to the category of vernacular buildings.”