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Guiding us through a stream of meditations on poetry, art, and the blooming of consciousness itself, Bachelard examines the domestic places that shape and hold our dreams and memories. Houses and rooms; cellars and attics; drawers, chests, and wardrobes; nests and shells; nooks and corners: No space is too vast or too small to be filled by our thoughts and our reveries. In Bachelard’s enchanting spaces, “We are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost.”
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Beaver, Robyn, ed.
Images 2005 Dewey Dec. 720.9
“100 fabulous architect-designed houses from around the world. We’ve found some remarkable homes, tucked away in off-the-beaten-track locations like Dakar, Senegal; Ko Samui, Thailand; the Brazilian countryside; Shanghai, China; Andalusia, Spain; and in more well-travelled locations, including the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Brazil, Finland, Mexico, Europe, and Japan. Each of the 100 featured houses is described in the architect’s words, accompanied by superb architectural photography and in most cases, plans that assist in a comprehensive understanding of each project.” -Publisher. Architecture, Domestic — Pictorial works, Interior architecture — Designs and plans, Architecture / Buildings / Residential. Architecture styles book free.
de Botton, Alain
A dazzling and generously illustrated journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations.One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kinds of walls, chairs, buildings, and streets that surround us. And yet a concern for architecture is too often described as frivolous, even self-indulgent. Alain de Botton starts from the idea that where we are heavily influences who we can be, and argues that it is architecture’s task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential.
Curl, James Stevens
Oxford Univ. 2006
A dictionary of the “many stylistic and technical terms used in architecture today. The work covers all periods of Western architectural history in more than 5,000 articles.” Libr J. Curl Oxford Dictionary of Architecture free download or read online.
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Curtis, William J. R.
Prentice-Hall 1983 Dewey Dec. 724
The volume’s well-detailed text is buttressed with 650 color and black-and-white illustrations. This should be a standard volume in all architecture collections.” Lib J. Architecture, Modern — 20th century.
Taunton 2003 Dewey Dec. 728
Jeremiah Eck believes that distinctive homes are a result of a balance between site, floor plan, exterior elements and interior details,” The Distinctive Home” is arranged by each of these four key elements, with examples of each. His tone is accessible and friendly, taking the homeowner by the hand and walking them through each element. Eck’s practical and thoughtful approach to home design will enable the homeowner to articulate exactly what they require in order to create a house that reflects their needs, lifestyle and spirit. At the end of each chapter, Eck profiles a house in detail, showing how the four key elements work together to create a truly distinctive home.
Dorling Kindersley 2003
Guiding readers through a staggering 5,000 years of world architecture, Jonathan Glancey’s eminently knowledgeable, authoritative, and always fascinating insights make reading this book irresistible, despite the enormity of the subject. Featuring influential and innovative architects of every age, along with their masterpieces, from the ziggurat at Ur to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, this stylish, lavishly illustrated book shows the unique historical, geographical, and cultural elements that have influenced and literally shaped the world’s greatest architecture.
Offers an incisive, insightful, and unrivalled critical history of planning in theory and practice, as well as of the underlying socio-economic challenges and opportunities. Reviews the development of the modern planning movement over the entire span of the twentieth-century and beyond. Draws on global examples throughout, and weaves the author’s own fascinating experiences into the text to illustrate this authoritative story of urban growth.
Harris, Cyril M.
This massive compendium by a renowned architectural editor and 50 expert contributors features over 2300 line drawings and clear, concise definitions of more than 27,000 important architecture and construction terms. The most definitive reference in the field, Cyril M. Harris’s Dictionary of Architecture and Construction brings you the broadest possible coverage of the language of architecture and building construction. Special care has been taken to include the latest terms in legal areas, technologies, techniques, materials, organizations, historic architectural styles, and architectural trends.
Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture – History of Architecture Books PDF
Harris, Cyril M.
In this volume, noted Columbia University Professor of Architecture Cyril M. Harris offers a unique tour through the entire history of architecture: an extraordinary compendium of clear, concise definitions for over 5,000 important terms. This thoroughly accurate and comprehensive gathering of architectural knowledge is complemented by an unprecedented collection of over 2,000 line drawings that richly illustrate significant aspects of architectural styles. Unusual cutaway views, close-ups of intricate details, and precisely rendered plans show many of the greatest architectural achievements of all time.
From ancient ruins to twentieth-century Modernism, the Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture covers the full spectrum of architecture’s rise and development.
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Chelsea Green 2015
Provides a new way of thinking about urban living, with practical examples for creating abundant food, energy security, close-knit communities, local and meaningful livelihoods, and sustainable policies in our cities and towns. Hemenway lays out how permaculture design can help towndwellers solve the challenges of meeting our needs for food, water, shelter, energy, community, and livelihood in sustainable, resilient ways.
Brompton 1988 Dewey Dec. 724
An exploration of the present century’s most noted architectural achievements furnishes information on Le Corbusier, Wright, and the Bauhaus school and chronicles the revolutionary trends that have taken place. Architecture — History — 20th century, Art nouveau (Architecture), Architecture / General, Architecture, Modern — 20th century, International style (Architecture). Famous 20th century architects.
Huxtable, Ada Louise
Walker 2008 Dewey Dec. 724
Known for her well-reasoned and passionately held beliefs about architecture, Ada Louise Huxtable has captivated readers across the country for decades, in the process becoming one of the best known critics in the United States. Her brilliance over so many years is unmatched, and her range has always been vast-from a plea to save a particular architectural treasure to an ongoing discussion about whether modern architecture is dead. Her keen eye and vivid writing have reinforced to readers how important architecture is and why it continues to be both controversial and fascinating.
Random House 2011
The Death and Life of Great American Cities was described by The New York Times as “perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning. Jane Jacobs, an editor and writer on architecture in New York City in the early sixties, argued that urban diversity and vitality were being destroyed by powerful architects and city planners. Rigorous, sane, and delightfully epigrammatic, Jane Jacobs’s tour de force is a blueprint for the humanistic management of cities. It remains sensible, knowledgeable, readable, and indispensable.
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Jordan, Wendy A.
Quarry 2008 Dewey Dec. 728
Universal Design for the Home features a blend of beautiful projects, creative ideas, and substantive planning information. Highly visual, the book features projects showing room contexts, as well as detail shots. The mix of projects encompasses small and large houses; one-story and multi-story houses; and ideas for general accessibility and comfort as well as some targeted more directly at handicap accessibility. There is an emphasis on remodeled projects, but new homes designed with an eye toward accessibility — present and future — are included as well. Chapters cover the spectrum of accessible home planning, from room arrangements to kitchens, baths, entries, and exterior areas. The book displays fresh, inspiring design ideas as well as must-have, good-sense solutions, such as wider doorways. Basic specifications, how-to tips, and other technical content are featured throughout the book in easy-to-find boxes and sidebars.
Architectural Press 2001
“Bryan Lawson provides an ideal introduction to the topic, breaking down the complex and abstract terms used by many design theoreticians when writing about architectural space. Instead, our everyday knowledge is reintroduced to the language of design. Design values of ‘space’ are challenged and informed to stimulate a new theoretical and practical approach to design.
This book views architectural and urban spaces as psychological, social and partly cultural phenomena. They accommodate, separate, structure, facilitate, heighten and even celebrate human spatial behavior.” -Publisher.
Magnago Lampugnani, Vittorio
Abrams 1986 Dewey Dec. 724
With more than 350 entries, this handy new  reference work covers the field of 20th-century architecture on a worldwide sale. Biographies of individual architect and firms include the work of the present generation, such as Michael Graves, Renzo Piano, Frank Gehry, Charles Moore, Robert Stern, and Hans Hollein, adding them to those of such earlier architects as Antoni Gaudi, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Louis Sullivan. Lengthy articles cover countries of the world where substantial contributions have been made to building innovations.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013
Dense urban living has been prescribed as a panacea for the environmental and resource crises of our time. But is it better or worse for our happiness? The award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery finds answers to such questions at the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness, and during an exhilarating journey through some of the world’s most dynamic cities. Full of rich historical detail and new insights from psychologists and Montgomery’s own urban experiments, Happy City is an essential tool for understanding and improving our own communities.
Palmer, Allison Lee
Scarecrow Press 2008 Dewey Dec. 720.9
This dictionary provides a historical overview of the major architectural developments and styles, building materials and types, major structures and locations, sites and architects. Historical eras like ancient Egyptian architecture and the Renaissance in Europe and movements such as Art Deco are covered. Materials discussed range from concrete, stone, glass and wood, while types of structures include architectural inventions such as the arch and dome to building types from monasteries and mosques to museums and skyscrapers.
The Seventy Wonders of the Modern World: 1500 Years of Extraordinary Feats of Engineering and Construction
Parkyn, Neil, ed.
Thames & Hudson 2002 Dewey Dec. 720.9
St. Peter’s Basilica, the Taj Mahal, the Topkapi Palace, the Sydney Opera House, the Hoover Dam — the world’s greatest structures capture the imagination, whether they are places of worship, palaces of pleasure, skyscrapers, bridges, dams, or colossal statues.
How was the Empire State Building erected in the middle of the crowded city of New York? What machines were used to dig the Channel Tunnel? Why does the Leaning Tower of Pisa lean — and why does it not fall over? How can the Akashi Kaikyo suspension bridge in Japan span 1.4 miles yet withstand earthquakes and typhoons? And what supports the soaring, lofty vaults of Chartres Cathedral? Such questions are answered by an international team of architects, engineers, and architectural historians who chart the progress of human ingenuity and creativity from A.D. 500 to the present day.
Poppeliers, John C.
Perennial Classics 2000 Dewey Dec. 720
Captioned photographs and a descriptive text identify architectural styles in America from the seventeenth century to the 1930s.
Rasmussen, Steen Eiler
Widely regarded as a classic in the field, Experiencing Architecture explores the history and promise of good design. Generously illustrated with historical examples of designing excellence—ranging from teacups, riding boots, and golf balls to the villas of Palladio and the fish-feeding pavilion of Beijing’s Winter Palace—Rasmussen’s accessible guide invites us to appreciate architecture not only as a profession, but as an art that shapes everyday experience.
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Sears, Roebuck & Co. 1912 & 1930
The American catalog sales company Sears Roebuck & Co. sold kit homes for about three decades in the early 20th century. These two catalogs provide their offerings in 1912 and 1930.
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Taunton 2002 Dewey Dec. 728
“The author presents a compilation of 31 essays from her “Drawing Board” column in Fine Homebuilding magazine “that offer a number of solutions to household design problems both big and small.” Susanka offers an eclectic mix: tips on site selection, mud room design, planning to fit specific furniture, creating a family room that works (etc.) Libr. J.
This Is An Essay On Aesthetics By One Of The Greatest Japanese Novelists. The Text Ranges Over Architecture, Jade, Food, Toilets, And Combines An Acute Sense Of The Use Of Space In Buildings, As Well As Perfect Descriptions Of Lacquerware Under Candlelight And Women In The Darkness Of The House Of Pleasure. The Essay Forms A Classic Description Of The Collision Between The Shadows Of Traditional Japanese Interiors And The Dazzling Light Of The Modern Age.
Tiesdell, Steve and Carmona, Matthew
Taylor & Francis 2007
This collection of essays introduces the 6 dimensions of urban design through a range of the most important classic and contemporary key texts. Compiled by the authors of the best selling Public Places Urban Spaces, this indispensable guide includes all the crucial definitions and various understandings of the subject, as well as a practical look at how to implement urban design.
Landscape Architecture Sourcebook: A Guide to Resources on the History and Practice of Landscape Architecture in the United States – History of Architecture Books PDF
Vogelsong, Diana, ed.
Describes key reference material and significant works for the practice and study of landscape architecture. Coverage includes reference works, general texts and histories, landscape architects and architectural firms, practical handbooks, plant guides, core works on places and projects, periodicals, and institution resources. A useful glossary defines key terms important for understanding the structure of the resources and literature for the field of landscape architecture.
Von Hausen, Michael A.
How are we going to improve community health, reduce crime, and improve mobility in cities while at the same time expanding our cities to accommodate growth? How do we do more with less, live within our means, and still create a higher quality of life? For future human survival and quality of life, the world needs a more inclusive, rigorous, socially inspired, and comprehensive urban design model integrated with sustainable development. This book delivers that model—a reference guide for doing it right.
Thunder Bay 1999 Dewey Dec. 720.9
A must-have for Wright fans and lovers of architecture and design. This comprehensive guide to the life and times of the man widely considered to be one of the most innovative and influential figures in modern architecture provides an A to Z chronicle of Wright’s work, family, friends, and the major events that shaped his career. Over 1,000 stunning color photographs include interior and exterior shots of his most acclaimed architectural masterpieces. Architecture / Individual Architects & Firms / General, Architecture / Reference, Architects — Biography — United States, Biography & Autobiography / Artists, Architects, Photographers, Architects.
Whiffen, Marcus; Koeper, Frederick
MIT 1981 Dewey Dec. 720.9
Architecture — United States, Architecture / History / General, Photography / General, Architecture.
Norton 2000 Dewey Dec. 720.9
Carter Wiseman presents an original, readable, and literate overview of the major figures, influential movements, and landmark buildings that have defined American architecture over the past hundred years. In a survey that is “as good . . . as anyone is likely to write . . . accurate in its facts, wise and fair in its judgments”(New York Times), he focuses to a large extent on architecture’s makers–the commanding figures who by force of personality and sheer artistic ability indelibly influenced its progress: Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson, I. M. Pei, Robert Venturi, Louis Kahn, Frank Gehry. The triumph of modernism; the growth of architectural preservation; the eclipse of the practical arts by money, theory, and abstraction; and the uncertain future of architecture in a country that celebrates both individualism and community are just some of the issues addressed in this highly praised work.
Pocket 1981 Dewey Dec. 720.9
After critiquing—and infuriating—the art world with The Painted Word, award-winning author Tom Wolfe shared his less than favorable thoughts about modern architecture in From Bauhaus to Our Haus.
In this examination of the strange saga of twentieth century architecture, Wolfe takes such European architects as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, and Bauhaus art school founder Walter Gropius to task for their glass and steel box designed buildings that have influenced—and infected—America’s cities.
This research guide from the librarians at University of Wisconsin – Madison has links to many free online vintage books about early American architecture, organized by region.
Open Access Textbooks
Open Access textbooks are licensed by authors and publishers to be freely used, and were published or updated in recent years. You may also find here other learning resources, such as course lesson plans.
Portland State Univ. 2021
This book aims to narrate fundamental concepts of structural design to architecture students such that they have minimum involvement with math problem-solving.
Mavs Open Press 2022
This book offers a web-based multimedia platform to enable students in Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Construction Engineering to learn fundamentals of BIM using Revit and be able to create building architectural, mechanical and structural models, develop construction documentation and analyze building performance.
Iowa State Univ. 2021
This book is for the beginning level of both architecture and interior design students who learn computer graphic communication software. The author developed multiple tutorials to teach three computer graphic applications, AutoCAD, Revit, and Enscape.
British Columbia/Yukon 2021
The AutoCAD 2D eBook was written as a tool to guide and teach you to master AutoCAD. No two students learn at the same pace, therefore the eBook was written with competency-based modules. The competency-based modules are bite-size pieces that allow you to work at your own pace.
Creative Commons 2019
Introduction to Design Equity, an open access book for students and professionals, maps design processes and products against equity research to highlight the pitfalls and potentials of design as a tool for building social justice.
Containing eighty finely lithographed plates, showing new and original designs in the Queen Anne, Eastlake, Elizabethan, and other modernized styles, giving perspective views, floor plans, elevations, sections, and a great variety of miscellaneous exterior and interior details of dwellings of moderate cost…
Comstock, William T.
NY: Comstock 1881 Dewey Dec. 720
(continuing the info on the title page) “Also a number of designs of low priced cottages in the various popular styles, adapted to the requirements of seaside and summer resorts, and suburban and country places. Also, several designs for modern store and office fronts, counters, shelvings, etc. etc.” 19th century house plans. Architecture, Domestic–Designs and plans.
Donovan, John J.
Macmillan 1921 Dewey Dec. 727
The application of modern school architecture to modern school development. It covers site, planning, cost, all departments, heating and ventilation, plumbing, and electrical installation, and illumination. An expensive work but authoritative and encyclopedic in character. Written by specialists chosen from the eastern and middle western parts of the United States as well as the Pacific coast. It is planned especially for architects, school-boards and superintendents. It includes a chapter on Standards by the chairman of the Committee on standardization of schoolhouse planning and construction of the National education association. A bibliography and a list of the many illustrations arranged by architects and by location are included.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926. School buildings — United States.
Eberlein, Harold Donaldson
Little 1915 Dewey Dec. 724
The best general book on the subject. Systematic but popular treatment for the general reader as well as the architect, considering the architectural types of different colonies — Dutch, New England, southern — and distinguishing colonial from Georgian. It devotes most space to dwelling houses, but churches and public buildings receive attention and also the architects. It is lavishly illustrated from photographs.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926. Architecture — United States, Architecture [Colonial ].
Gardner, E. C.
Boston: Osgood 1875
Light and amusing chapters by an architect describing his experiences with various clients, re-living the process of trying to design houses to fit their needs and wants. Drawn illustrations are included. 19th century house plans. Architecture, Domestic.
Foreign Examples in Domestic Architecture – A Collection of American House Plans – Materials and Details for the Artistic House-Builder – The Architect
Gibson, Louis H.
NY: Crowell 1895 Dewey Dec. 720
The book is organized in five sections, listed in the sub-title above. “The World’s Homes” has three chapters of French architecture and single chapters for English, German, Swiss and American colonial styles. Numerous illustrations throughout. 19th century house plans. Architecture, Domestic — History, Architecture, Domestic.
Architect and Housewife; a Journey through the House; Fifty convenient house plans; practical house building for the owner; business points in building; how to pay for a home
Gibson, Louis H.
NY: Crowell 1889
Intended to be educational without being technical, this book by an Indiana architect in the 1880s “is intended to deal with houses in a housekeeping spirit. The architect has in mind convenience, stability, and that ideal of housekeepers, beauty of surroundings”. The second part deals with the arrangement of the house, and especially kitchens and pantries, plumbing, laundry, and heating. Following that is a non-technical section on building houses, and then a section on hiring a building contractor. The last section is financing the home. 19th century house plans.
Parsonage houses, Bailiffs’ lodge, Gardener’s lodge, Game-keeper’s lodge, Park gate lodges, etc. in the Grecian, Italian, and old English styles of architecture. With observations on the appropriate choice of site; the whole designed with strict reference to the practicability of erection, and with due attention to the important consideration of uniting elegance, convenience and domestic comfort with economy … With accurate estimates appended to each design. With colored plates
London: Longman 1833
This book is essentially an advertising publication from an architectural firm in England in the 1830s that catered to the extremely rich. Illustrations of the company’s range of palatial buildings are full-page color paintings. 19th century house plans. Architecture, Domestic — Designs and plans — Great Britain — Ireland, Cottages.
Gotch, John Alfred
Scribner 1914 Dewey Dec. 724
A historical and descriptive account of the Tudor, Elizabethan and Jacobean periods, 1500-1625, by an authority. It covers much the same period as that in his former work, Architecture of the Renaissance in England (Batsford 1894) with the addition of the first half of the sixteenth century. The former book has examples of Elizabethan and Jacobean buildings to a large scale, with a brief account of each, whereas this one takes the form of a handbook tracing the development of style from the Gothic period to the advent of Inigo Jones. It contains 87 collotype illustrations in the text. First published in 1901.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
Gotch, John Alfred
Dutton 1925 Dewey Dec. 728
A simple and readable account of the growth of English domestic architecture from medieval to Georgian times, showing how the developing of social customs and the changing ideal of comfort were expressed in the construction of the houses, chiefly of the great old homes of England. There are 48 illustrations and 7 plans. The author’s English home from Charles I to George IV (Batsford, 1918. 30s) is a more elaborately illustrated presentation showing interior and exterior views, including plans, measured drawings, and views from rare old prints.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
Halsted, Byron D.
NY: Orange Judd 1881
An informative and non-technical book explaining and showing how a variety of 19th century American barn designers addressed the needs of farmers and of the animals that live in these buildings. Two Hundred and fifty-seven drawn illustrations. 19th century house plans. Farm buildings — Designs and plans, Barns, Stables, Stables — Designs and plans, Farm buildings, Barns — Designs and plans.
Harney, George E.
NY: Woodward 1870
The author was obviously an architect for wealthy people with landed estates. His designs for stables and out-buildings were too stylish and expensive for most farmers. Many fine drawings. 19th century house plans. Farm buildings — Designs and plans, Fences — Design and construction, Barns — Designs and plans.
and Out-buildings embracing the Origin and Meaning of the House; the art of house-building, including planning, style and construction ; designs and descriptions of cottages farmhouses, villas and out-buildings, of various cost and in the different styles of architecture, etc., etc. ; and an appendix containing recipes for paints and washes, stucco, rough-cast, etc. ; and instructions for roofing, building with rough stone, unburnt brick, balloon frames, and the concrete or gravel wall ; with numerous original plans
Jacques, D. H.
NY: American News 1866
This book contains useful non-technical explanations of basic processes of constructing houses and farm buildings. It has drawings of a wide variety of buildings, including housing for a wide range of budgets as well as churches and school-houses. The early Victorian style of some of the houses looks very familiar, matching that of many historic homes around the country today. Numerous drawn illustrations and floor plans. 19th century house plans. Outbuildings — Designa and plans, Cottages — Designs and plans, Architecture, Domestic — Designs and plans, Country homes — Designs and plans, Farmhouses — Designs and plans.
Scribner 1907 Dewey Dec. 720
A book to assist the professional student and general reader in recognizing the elements of beauty in all kinds of buildings, in distinguishing the good from the bad in architecture, and in defining precisely wherein the goodness or badness lies.
The writer shows an intimate knowledge of the subject and broad-minded judgment. Numerous half-tone illustrations of well-known buildings add value.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926. Architecture — Composition, proportion, etc — Aesthetics.
Fletcher, Sir Banister Flight
Scribner 1905 Dewey Dec. 720.9
An excellent, comprehensive and profusely illustrated handbook giving a comparative view of the historical styles from the earliest period. Part one covers the historical styles and Part two the non-historical styles. It was first published in 1896.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
Hamlin, Talbot Faulkner
Scribner 1921 Dewey Dec. 720.1
An explanation of the principles of good architecture made clear by many examples in this country and abroad. No attempt is made to treat the subject by periods of development. It is well illustrated and contains a brief bibliography on the theory of architecture. The author believes that only by a wide-spread knowledge of the intellectual and emotional in architecture can its beauty increase.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
Price, Charles Matlack
A popular treatment of interest to those intending to build, to beginners in the study of architecture, and to the general reader. Covers the subject fully as an art and a science. Part one discusses style from a decorative point of view, and part two is a practical guide to building. Has excellent illustrations, many of modern work.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and Descriptive (Vol 1, A-E) – History of Architecture Books PDF
Edited by one of the foremost writers in America on architecture, with contributions by sixty men of broadest training and technical skill, this valuable work will always remain a standard reference authority for the student and a storehouse of information for anyone interested in the subject.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
Consisting of Forty-four Large Quarto Plates containing original designs of Medium and Low Cost Cottages, Seaside and Country Houses. Also, a Club House, Pavilion, School House, and a Small Seaside Chapel. Together with a Form of Specification for Cottages.
Comstock, William T.
NY: Comstock 1883 Dewey Dec. 720
Many of these cottages, which were apparently vacation homes for prosperous people, were pretty large. Most of the book consists of drawn illustrations of these houses, with floorplans. A chapel is at the back. 19th century house plans. Architecture, Domestic — Designs and plans, Cottages.
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an illustrated account of some excellent houses built and gardens planted during the last few years showing unmistakable influence of the modern trend in ideals architectural
Architectural Book 1915 Dewey Dec. 728
Architecture, Domestic — United States. House design books.
NY: Outing 1908
The log cabin was a familiar site on the American frontier for two centuries. They were homes that settlers could build themselves at virtually no cost with nothing but very basic tools, if there were trees available. Most settlers replaced the log houses with more comfortable and more expensive frame houses as soon as possible, as homemade log homes were a mark of poverty. However, in the early 20th century log buildings were making a comeback as hunting camps and lakeside cottages. This how-to book, full of instructions and including a number of photos of log buildings in use, was for that audience. Log cabins — Design and construction, Log cabins, Log buildings, Building, Wooden, Log cabins — Designs and plans.
Kimball, Sidney Fiske
Scribner 1922 Dewey Dec. 728
A series of lectures delivered in 1920 at the Metropolitan museum of art in New York and published under its auspices. It is an attractive study of American architecture before the Revolution, beautifully illustrated, and based on old records, accounts, inscriptions, original designs, wills, deeds, and other documents, and limited to the period of the colonies under British rule, describing and illustrating over two hundred typical houses. It is rich in historic lore and biographical information. Special features are a chronological chart, notes on individual houses on which the text is based, and a full index.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926. Architecture, Domestic — United States, Architecture, Colonial, United States — Historic buildings.
Peabody, Henrietta C, ed.
Atlantic monthly 1920 Dewey Dec. 728
A copiously illustrated volume with measured drawings and slight text, adapted from The House Beautiful, showing details of attractive entrances, staircases, panelings, fireplaces, bookcases, cupboards, kitchens, and breakfast corners. The illustrations are limited to colonial architecture, and are taken from houses in Salem and other New England towns, and from artistic modern interiors. Suggestive to anyone planning a house on colonial lines.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
being a complete collection of practical, economical and common sense plans of houses, barns, outbuildings, stock sheds, etc. : illustrated with over twelve hundred copper half tone plates and zinc etchings, and containing over three hundred house and barn designs
Radford, William A., ed.
Chicago: Radford 1908
The first 100+ pages of this 1908 book make up what is really a catalog for a company that sold blue prints, with illustrations of dozens of houses, including the floor plans. Most are recognizable, as many of these styles of homes are still in use around the U.S. The remainder of the book is for barns and farm buildings, and contains advice and information about building them (using the Radford company’s blueprints, of course). In addition to many types of barns, the farm buildings include carriage houses, horse stables (including city stables), a range of chicken houses, ice houses, implement sheds, smoke houses, hog houses, and granaries. Architecture, Domestic — Designs and plans, Barns, Architectures, Domestic — United States, Room layout (Dwellings), Barns — Designs and plans.
For Village and Country Residences, costing from $250 to $8,000; including Full Descriptions and Estimates in Detail of Materials, Labor, and Cost, with Many Practical Suggestions, and 175 Illustrations
Reed, S. B.
NY: Orange Judd 1882
This book, first published in 1878, provides 40 home designs, each with a description, itemized cost list, floor plan, and illustration of the completed house.
Sears, Roebuck 1921 Dewey Dec. 728
Catalog of full-size house kits produced by Sears, Roebuck that could be ordered for shipment.
Sears, Roebuck 1920 Dewey Dec. 728
Catalog of inexpensive small houses produced by Sears, Roebuck that the company claimed could be erected very easily by bolting together.
Stevens, Edward Fletcher
A. B. P. 1921 Dewey Dec. 725
A very complete treatise, by an experienced hospital architect, giving the development of medical institutions in both Europe and America. Various solutions of the difficult problems of housing and caring for the sick are presented, and special chapters consider the ward, surgical and medical units and their equipment. The material on heating, ventilation and plumbing has been revised by specialists. There are many illustrations and plans.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
NY: Craftsman 1909
Gustav Stickley (1858-1942) was an American furniture maker who, beginning in the 1890s, was heavily influenced by the English ‘Arts and Crafts’ movement. That movement, led by artist and poet William Morris, reacted against factory-made goods and modernism by reviving old-fashioned hand-crafted production of a wide variety of goods, and idealized medieval European society. Stickley gradually broadened his activities from furniture making to include design of homes, crafts, literature, music, and city planning, and for several years published a magazine, ‘The Craftsman’, to promote his ideas. This book begins with some of his thoughts on design. It also has many drawn illustrations of houses, including interiors with his original designs of furniture and home crafts.
Our Homes and their Adornments, or, How to Build, Finish, Furnish, and Adorn a Home – History of Architecture Books PDF
Varney, Almon C.
Chilton 1885 Dewey Dec. 728
“Practical instructions for the building of homes, interior decoration, wood carving, scroll sawing, house painting, window hangings, screens curtains, window gardening, incidental decorations, decorative art needle-work, and economic landscape gardening; to which is added a household compendium of new, practical and valuable recipes, the whole being designed to make happy homes for happy people.”- from the Title page. Architecture, Domestic — Designs and plans, Interior decoration, Home economics. History of architecture book pdf.
“Besides being an authority on gracious living in late 19th century Detroit, Varney was a prolific architect. His creations, which included apartment buildings, factories and offices, hotels and private residences, popped up all over the city as well as in towns and cities across the state [Michigan].” See photos of his surviving Detroit buildings at Martha Peterson’s “Mr. Varney’s Neighborhood” post on the “El Moore” website.
Free online books here for medieval, or Middle Ages, architecture. These include many books not primarily about architecture; i.e. books about medieval art, medieval life, and the medieval world. Some Books: Medieval European Art and Architecture, Art and Architecture of Medieval Russia, Traveler’s Key to Medieval France, Medieval Panorama, the Medieval Cathedral, Great Medieval Castles of Britain, The Gothic Cathedral, Gothic Architecture, Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture, English Medieval Architecture, Medieval Towns, The Seven Wonders of the Medieval World, Building the Medieval Cathedrals, Monastery and Cathedral in France, and many more.
Books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Cathedrals. Some book titles: The Cathedrals of England, Great Cathedrals, Horizon Book of Great Cathedrals, English Cathedrals and Abbeys Illustrated, Cathedral Architecture, Cathedrals in Britain, Pillars of the Almighty, Cathedrals of Europe, The French Cathedrals, Guide to the Duomo of Milan, Winchester Cathedral, Beverley Minster, Cathedrals and Cloisters of Midland France, Coventry Cathedral, Cathedrals of the World, Master Builders of the Middle Ages, and many more.
PDF books on castles. Some book titles: Castles of Europe, Historic Castles of Britain, The World’s Most Amazing Castles, Castles of Italy, Colourmaster Guide to Scottish Castles, English Castles; a photographic guide, Castles: a history and guide, Chateaux of the Loire, Learning about Castles and Palaces, Castle Life, Medieval Castles, Castles of Wales, Norman Castles, and many more.
Suggested Books on Medieval Buildings
Houghton 1913 Dewey Dec. 726
Through the instrumentality of the American institute of architects this valuable work privately printed in 1904 became available to all readers. The most apt characterization has been given in the introduction by Ralph Adams Cram: “Everyone who has seen Chartres or Mont. St. Michel or the glory of a rose window or of Gothic art in any form, will feel upon reading this work that he has come home to all he would have said and all he felt concerning this splendid type of religious architecture. The author’s knowledge of feudalism, guilds, crusades; of communes, of nationalities, sculptors, divines, musicians, and builders, the minutiae of great and widely differentiated art weaves brilliant threads throughout the volume.”- A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
Universe of Stone: Chartres Cathedral and the Invention of the Gothic – History of Architecture Books PDF
Beautifully illustrated and written, filled with astonishing insight, Universe of Stone embeds the magnificent cathedral in the culture of the twelfth century—its schools of philosophy and science, its trades and technologies, its politics and religious debates—enabling us to view this ancient architectural marvel with fresh eyes. Author Philip Ball makes sense of the visual and emotional power of Chartres and brilliantly explores how its construction—and the creation of other Gothic cathedrals—represented a profound and dramatic shift in the way medieval thinkers perceived their relationship with their world.
Covent Garden 1994
Working from plans of an actual 14th century European castle, Stephen Biesty has sliced the building into various cross-sections, each one teeming with life and detail.
The Substance of Gothic: Six Lectures on the Development of Architecture from Charlemagne to Henry VIII
Given at the Lowell Institute, Boston in November and December, 1916
Cram, Ralph Adams
Marshall Jones 1916 Dewey Dec. 940.1
Contents: The Quarry of Antiquity – The Age of Charlemagne – The Great Awakening – The Epoch of Transition – The Medieval Synthesis – The Decadence and the New Paganism.
Cambridge University 2009
In this iconoclastic study, the author sets out to reverse some of the romantic myths which have accrued about the medieval cathedral, in particular that the cathedral was a separate entity, self-sufficient, sublime and apart. Here the cathedral is shown to be a dynamic, evolving and unpredictable force in the development of the medieval city. Full use is made of recent archaeological research to show how architectural, social, financial and religious considerations combined to form a structure that was above all a practical, functioning concern, a ‘city within a city’.
Jackson, Sir Thomas Graham
Cambridge 1915 Dewey Dec. 723
Though complete in itself this is a continuation of a previous study. The author has chosen for description buildings typical of the history and development of the Gothic, confining himself to those he has studied and illustrating with nearly 200 fine plates and many line drawings. This easily takes rank as the most important general work on the subject in English.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926. Architecture — France — England — Italy, Architecture, Gothic.
Kaufmann, J. E. and Kaufmann, H. W.
Covers the origin and evolution of the castles and other walled defenses, their major components, and the reasons for their eventual decline. The authors reveal how the medieval fortress combined both Roman and barbarian features, with some influences from as far away as China. Detailed coverage is given for castles in the British Isles, France, Germany, Moorish Spain, and as far east as Poland and Russia, as well as Muslim and Crusader castles in the Middle East.
King illuminates the mysterious sources of inspiration and the secretive methods of architectural genius Filippo Brunelleschi in a fascinating chronicle of the building of his masterwork, the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence.
Lehmbert, Stanford E.
Hambledon and Lond 2005
English cathedrals, including Canterbury, Durham, Winchester and York, are the greatest collective work of art and architecture in Britain, reflecting over a thousand years of history. English Cathedrals is an account of their foundation, construction and decoration – their architectural history – but also of who used them and what happened in them – their human history.
A historical guide to the medieval castle, tracing its rise from humble defensive position to magnificent fortified palace. The text is illustrated with over 140 detailed drawings and plans of English castles. A gazetteer lists over 200 of the most interesting castles, many of which are open to the public.
Crusader Castles in the Holy Land: An Illustrated History of the Crusader Fortifications of the Middle East and Mediterranean
The bloody crusades that swept across the Middle East in medieval times left their mark on the landscape, where fortifications which once acted as bastions of power for the beleaguered Crusader States now cast their ruined shadows over the earth. Examining the castles built in the Holy Land between 1097 and 1302 as well as the castles built in Cyprus, Greece and the Aegean between 1191 and 1571, this book provides a rare overview of the history and notably the evolution of fortresses and defenses during the Crusades.
Pennell, Elizabeth Robins
Century 1909 Dewey Dec. 726
A beautiful book combining personal impressions and descriptions, with a slight background of history and exquisite illustrations reproduced from Joseph Pennell’s etchings and drawings. Thirty cathedrals and churches are described and illustrated. A similar book now out of print is O’Reilley’s How France built her Cathedrals (Harper, 1921) an interesting study of French Gothic architecture of the 12th and 13th centuries, written by a devoted and enthusiastic student. The illustrations are taken from the etchings and drawings of Paul A. de Leslie.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926. France — Description and travel, Church architecture — France, Cathedrals — France.
West, George Herbert
Bell 1911 Dewey Dec. 723
A concise, clear and reliable handbook in which the Gothic in the two countries is studied constructionally and historically, with special reference to salient points of difference as embodying dissimilar national traits. Controversial questions are not entered into, and the author’s conclusions are given as personal. Includes numerous illustrations, list of books consulted, parallel chronologic lists of French and English buildings, the seven periods of Gothic architecture, chart showing contemporary work and events in England and France from 700 to 1640, and glossary. – A.L.A. Catalog 1926.