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American Architecture (World of Art)
Author: David P. Handlin
Publisher: Thames and Hudson
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— This book tells the story American Architecture, in chronological approach, from the seventeenth- century colonial beginnings to the twenty-first century. He presents a wide range and comprehensive coverage, from the innovations of Jefferson and Bullfinch's civic buildings, to Wright, Sullivan and McKim, Mead & White, to work by todays architects including Sternm Meierm Gehry and Mockbee.In this revised and expanded edition, David P. Handlin, a practicing architect, also includes a lively account of recent developments in American Architecture. The book includes 264 photographs, drawings and plans.

Chicago's Famous Buildings
Author: Franz Schulze and Kevin Harrington
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $11.90
ArchitectureWeek— Now in its fifth edition, Chicago's Famous Buildings covers more than a decade of new architecture and takes a look back at the city's classical legacy of Adler, Sullivan, Burnham, Root, Wright, and Mies van der Rohe. The authors have added many new descriptions and images of the most important projects in Chicago. The book also includes a glossary of architectural terms, an extensive index, new maps that serve as great walking guides, and more than sixty new photographs of both old and new buildings.

Mantelpieces of the Old South: Lost Architecture in Southern Culture
Author: William Baldwin and V. Elizabeth Turk
Publisher: History Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $34.99
ArchitectureWeek— Photographs of architectural details of Southern houses from simple shacks to classic antebellum mansions. Narrated by the writing of William Baldwin, these images artfully convey the culture of the South.

Milton Architecture
Author: Anthony M. Sammarco and Paul Buchanan
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— A photographic survey of historic architecture of Milton, Massachusetts, from its founding in 1640. The houses cover a range of styles from post-Medieval to Victorian.

Florida's Colonial Architectural Heritage
Author: Elsbeth K. Gordon
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $39.95
ArchitectureWeek— A guide to the architecture of old Florida, based on archaeological and historical research, including pre-Columbian, Spanish, and British influences.

Industry, Architecture, and Engineering: American Ingenuity 1750-1950
Author: Louis Bergeron and Maria Teresa Maiullari-Pontois
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Year: 2000
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ArchitectureWeek— Two centuries of American industrial building, including factories, mills, and bridges.

The Mythic City: Photographs of New York by Samuel H. Gottscho, 1925–1940
Author: Donald Albrecht
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Historian Donald Albrecht presents 175 of Gottscho's images of the city, from the Battery to Harlem. An introductory essay tells the story of the legendary photographer, describing his working methods and philosophy, while placing his work in the broader context of photographic history.

Historic New York: Architectural Journeys in the Empire State
Author: Richard O. Reisem and Andy Olenick (photographer)
Publisher: Landmark Society of Western New York
Year: 2006
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ArchitectureWeek— This photographic survey explores four centuries of architectural landmarks in New York State, from Hudson Valley mansions and New York skyscrapers to Adirondack Great Camps and Erie Canal cobblestone structures.

Where We Lived: Discovering the Places We Once Called Home
Author: Jack Larkin
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $26.40
ArchitectureWeek— A photographically illustrated narrative about the daily lives of the people of all social strata — from cities, towns, plantations, and farms — of the early history of the United States. The stories are depicted by HABS photographs of early houses, covering the variety and evolutions of house style, and supplemented with period woodcuts, engravings, drawings, paintings, artifacts, and maps.

Ghostly Ruins: America's Forgotten Architecture
Author: Harry Skrdla
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $19.77
ArchitectureWeek— A survey of 30 disused and dilapidated structures in the United States, from boarded-up houses to rollercoaster skeletons. The author contrasts these structures at their peak of popularity with their current state of haunted decrepitude. His words and images reveal what lies beyond the gates and beneath the floorboards in prisons, factories, and entire towns.

Historic Texas Courthouses
Author: Michael A. Andrews
Publisher: Bright Sky Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $32.97
ArchitectureWeek— The historic courthouses of Texas represent the independence and fortitude of people determined to wrench order out of post-Civil War devastation and to enforce frontier justice. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, county courthouses became symbols of progress, stability, optimism, and community pride. The book illustrates 100 landmark courthouses, explaining architectural styles, artisanal materials and methods, and progress in their restoration.

American Art and Architecture (World of Art Series)
Author: Michael J. Lewis
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Inc.
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $12.89
ArchitectureWeek— This new survey provides a complete history of American art and architecture from its seventeenth-century colonial beginnings to the latest installation and video work. Structured chronologically, the book defines the characteristics of the different periods and highlights the consistent forms, techniques, and styles that mark the art and architecture as distinctively American. Michael J. Lewis charts the ways in which American artists and architects both adopted and diverged from earlier European models to create an original visual language of their own. dozens of different building types are illustrated and discussed, from the earliest colonial houses and churches to the most spectacular modernist and postmodernist houses, stations, museums, and iconic skyscrapers.

Churches for the Southwest: The Ecclesiastical Architecture of John Gaw Meem
Author: Stanford E. Lehmberg
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $46.71
ArchitectureWeek— John Gaw Meem designed all or part of twenty-two churches, including mission churches for Indian pueblos; Catholic, Episcopal, and Presbyterian churches in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Taos; and a chapel in Fort Defiance, Arizona. Using archival and new color photographs this book surveys the varied styles in which he worked.

Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America
Author: William J. Murtagh
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $39.05
ArchitectureWeek— Keeping Time, now in its third edition, provides a concise, clear survey of the history of the preservation movement, including the theory and practice driving it. Expanded coverage of landscape preservation as well as new material on scientific conservation, cultural corridors, and historic tourism make this a fundamental reference for historic preservationists.

Federal Style Patterns 1780-1820
Author: MaryBeth Mudrick and Lawrence Smith
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $68.00
ArchitectureWeek— A detailed guide to patterns found in architecture of New England's Federal Style, 1780–1820. This source book illustrates, through 300 detailed line drawings, the form, character, scale, and proportion of ornament and detail of cornices, door and window casings, chair rails, baseboards, mantels, and fences. An accompanying CD-ROM contains the drawings in a downloadable format.

Cottages and Castles of Maumee
Author: Marilyn Van Voorhis Wendler
Publisher: Arcadia
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $15.59
ArchitectureWeek— A photographic guide to the historic architecture of Maumee, Ohio, with examples and descriptions of the various styles, from Greek Revival temple forms to Second Empire mansions and the simple cottages that proliferated after the Civil War.

Architecture in Colonial America
Author: Marian C. Donnelly
Publisher: University of Oregon Press
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— An introduction to early American architecture, from 1492 to 1776, featuring town planning and construction methods as well as building design.

Space and Place in the Mexican Landscape: The Evolution of a Colonial City
Author: Fernando Nunez, Carlos Arvizu, and Ramon Abonce; Malcolm Quantrill, editor
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $40.00
ArchitectureWeek— Mexico's rich culture, full of symbol and myth, beautiful cities, and evocative ruins, is an excellent place to study how metaphysical conceptions influence the ways human societies create their built environment. The authors, "metaphysical archaeologists," consider ideas that give the constructed spaces and buildings of Mexico especially, of Querétaro, their particular ambience. They show how the transformation of world view affects the urban evolution of a Mexican City.

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