Chromatic Homes: “How the simple act of painting an ornate structure in bright or bold colors can inspire, empower, sustain and enlighten an entire community.”

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A Courier-Journal article sets the table.

Want to revitalize Louisville? Paint the town red. Or yellow. Or blue.

So says John Gilderbloom in his new book, “Chromatic Homes: The Joy of Color in Historic Places,” (University Press of Kentucky, $24.95).

The director of the University of Louisville’s Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods asks readers, “Can chromatic homes be the secret sauce for neighborhood and community regeneration?”

Do people still give books as Christmas presents?

CHROMATIC HOMES: The Joy of Color in Historic Places

John I. “Hans” Gilderbloom explores and celebrates the appeal of these captivating houses in Chromatic Homes: The Joy of Color in Historic Places. Highlighted in gorgeous detail are the relevance of the homes’ styles and colors as well as their history—many believed to have been around for decades in American cities such as Louisville, Cincinnati, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Miami, and around for centuries in far-flung places such as Havana, Cuba, Venice, Italy, and Moscow, Russia.

Filled with 182 engaging and eye-catching photos of homes all across the nation and the world, Chromatic Homes perfectly illustrates how the simple act of painting an ornate structure in bright or bold colors can inspire, empower, sustain and enlighten an entire community. Chromatic Homes creates prosperity, pride, and joy for the homeowner and neighborhood.

Published by the University Press of Kentucky.

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