Michael C. Kathrens is an independent scholar specializing in American residential architecture and interior decoration of the mid-nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries. His previous publications include American Splendor: The Residential Architecture of Horace Trumbauer (Acanthus Press, 2002; revised ed. 2013), The Great Houses of New York: 1880-1930 (Acanthus Press, 2005; revised ed. 2014),
Newport Villas: 1885-1935, The Revival Styles (W.W. Norton, 2009), The Great Houses of New York: Volume II (Acanthus Press, 2013). Kathrens is currently working on two projects: Newport Cottages: 1835-1890 and The Houses of Ogden Codman Jr. Michael was born and raised in Kansas City.