Authentic Details for Design and Restoration

Superb! ...treasured by all who purchase a copy.”  —Gordon Chappell, Colonial Williamsburg

Can’t find a fence style to suit your house?

Tired of the ordinary and longing for something different for your property?


This was the motivation that propelled Harrison to search for thirteen years, gathering together unique discoveries from Massachusetts to Florida. Yes, there are any number of “how-to” books on building fences and gates, but FENCES, by Peter Joel Harrison, is not one of them. This pattern book depicts historic styles— Colonial, Georgian, Classical, Greek Revival, Gothic, Italianate, Victorian and Stick—collected from renowned museum houses and private dwellings; paled fences, picket fences, board, and rail fences. Included are period construction methods and trade terms. Forty-eight authentic shapes for palings with numerous meticulous details of caps, balls and urns. All make it possible to style your own creation. There is no longer any reason to struggle, searching for ideas.

Volume I

• Expanded second edition

• Forest green cloth cover

• Marbleized end papers

• Monograph

• 280 pages / 400 illustrations

• Part I—Fences (Colony and Republic)

• Part II—Fences of Cape Cod

• ©1999 / Printed in the USA

• ISBN 0-471-32199-0





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Fax: (800) 605-2665

Autographed copies: (919) 676-0659

“…Wonderful! I am so impressed. You’ve answered a real need, and so gracefully.”
—Early American Life


“… an exquisitely produced pattern book.”


“... Unique, beautifully, produced…”
—Cape Cod Life


“… the last word, showcases hundreds of historic accurate designs…”
—American Home Style & Garden


“A treasury of period fence details…”


“The pattern book of fence design that the nineteenth-century some how forgot.”
—Architecture Today London


“…nothing else like it in print.”
—Town and Country


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