For residents of the Delaware Valley who love old houses, the term “Okie House” has special meaning. Architect Richardson Brognard Okie’s enduring gift to this region and to traditional domestic architecture on the national scene was his design of distinctive residential enclaves that celebrated the vernacular building traditions which emerged in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as settlers created shelter for their families and built utilitarian structures to facilitate their agrarian pursuits. During the second quarter of the twentieth century, the architect’s highly personal re-interpretation of the form and function of these early farmhouses and out-buildings became his unique signature. This stylized concept of the “farmstead” gained broad appeal and has had a lasting impact on residential design in the Delaware Valley and beyond for the past seven decades. So when someone says “I want to live in an Okie House”, an image begins to appear.


-James B. Garrison, AIA



Traditional Homes of

R Brognard Okie


Rizzoli Autumn, 2013


Text by James B. Garrison AIA


Forward provided by John D. Milner FAIA


New color photographs by

Geoffrey Gross & James Garrison


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Charles E. Peterson Fellowship







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