Houses of Mexico delves into the roots of the bold yet elegant Mexican style, illustrated with many photographs from Spain and Portugal reflecting the Moorish influence. In addition to extensive coverage of the architecture of the houses, the book shows other spatial and decorative elements, including iron gates and grilles that give an atmosphere of seclusion; stairways that seem to grow out of the walls without any support; and old paintings, combs, ceramics, and character figures used in festivals, as well as ancient pre-Columbian figurines.
Verna Cook Shipway attended the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris and Columbia University's School of Architecture.
Warren Shipway received his graduate degree in engineering from Princeton. The Shipways are the authors of six other books on Mexican architecture and furnishings.