Architecture – Public and Residential Buildings

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700 The Arts

The Fine Arts

Hall and Locke 1911
Cox, Kenyon, ed.Go to Book
DDC: 700

Volume 10 in a 10-vol. series called “Vocations” edited by William DeWitt Hyde. This volume contains 2 parts; “The Arts and Their Pursuit” with 25 essays, and “Artists”, with 12 essays. Essays were all authored by different people.

720 Architecture

Essentials in Architecture

Scribner 1907
Belcher, JohnGo to Book
DDC: 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

Practical Book of Architecture

Lippincott 1916
Price, Charles Matlack Go to Book
DDC: 720

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

720.1 Theories. Esthetics

Enjoyment of Architecture

Scribner 1921
Hamlin, Talbot Faulkner Go to Book
DDC: 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

720.3 Dictionaries. Encyclopedias

Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and Descriptive

Macmillan 1901-02
Sturgis, Russell Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2|Go to Vol 3
DDC: 720.3

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

720.9 History

History of Architecture on the Comparative Method for Students, Craftsmen, and Amateurs

Scribner 1905
Fletcher, Sir Banister Flight Go to Book
DDC: 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

723 Architecture from ca. 300 to 1399

Gothic Architecture in France, England, and Italy

Cambridge 1915
Jackson, Sir Thomas Graham Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2
DDC: 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

Gothic Architecture in England and France

Bell 1911
West, George HerbertGo to Book
DDC: 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

724 Architecture from 1400

Architecture of Colonial America

Little 1915
Eberlein, Harold DonaldsonGo to Book
DDC: 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

Early Renaissance Architecture in England

Scribner 1914
Gotch, John AlfredGo to Book
DDC: 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

725 Public structures

American Hospital of the Twentieth Century

A. B. P. 1921
Stevens, Edward Fletcher Go to Book
DDC: 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

726 Buildings for religious purposes

Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres

Houghton 1913
Adams, HenryGo to Book
DDC: 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

French Cathedrals, Monasteries and Abbeys, and Sacred Sites of France

Century 1909
Pennell, Elizabeth RobinsGo to Book
DDC: 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

727 Buildings for education & research

School Architecture; Principles and Practices

Macmillan 1921
Donovan, John J.Go to Book
DDC: 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

728 Residential & related buildings

Illustrated Homes: A Series of Papers Describing Real Homes and Real People

Boston: Osgood 1875
Gardner, E. C.Go to Book
DDC: 728

With Illustrations.

Convenient Houses with Fifty Plans for the Housekeeper, Architect and Housewife …

NY: Crowell 1889
Gibson, Louis H. Go to Book
DDC: 728

(title continued) “… ; 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”

Domestic Architecture: Being a Series of Designs for Mansions, Villas …

London: Longman 1833
Goodwin, FrancisGo to Book
DDC: 728

(title continued) “… Rectory houses, 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”

Old English Houses

Dutton 1925
Gotch, John AlfredGo to Book
DDC: 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

Barn Plans and Outbuildings

NY: Orange Judd 1881
Halsted, Byron D.Go to Book
DDC: 728

Two Hundred and Fifty-seven Illustrations.

Barns, Outbuildings and Fences

NY: Woodward 1870
Harney, George E.Go to Book
DDC: 728

Illustrated with a series of 120 original designs and plans, with descriptive matter.

American Country Houses of Today …

Architectural Book 1915
Howe, Samuel Go to Book
DDC: 728

(title continued) “… 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”

The House, a Manual of Rural Architecture …

NY: American News 1866
Jacques, D. H. Go to Book
DDC: 728

(title continued) “… or, How to Build Country Houses and Out-buildings embracing the Origin and Meaning of the House the art of house-building, including planning, style and construction ; desings and descriptions of cottages farm-houses, 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”

Wilderness Homes: A Book of the Log Cabin

NY: Outing 1908
Kemp, Oliver Go to Book
DDC: 728

Domestic Architecture of the American Colonies and of the Early Republic

Scribner 1922
Kimball, Sidney FiskeGo to Book
DDC: 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

Also see:
– Baas, Christopher, “Concrete in the Steel City: Constructing Thomas Edison’s House for the Working Man” in Indiana Cultural History
Cameron, William, The World’s Fair, Being a Pictorial History of the Columbian Exposition in Illinois Cultural History;
O’Donnell, Thomas Edward, “An Outline of the History of Architecture in Illinois” in Illinois Cultural History;
O’Donnell, Thomas E., compiled, “Recording the Early Architecture of Illinois in the Historic American Buildings Survey” in Illinois Cultural History;
Varney, Almon C., Our Homes and their Adornments, or, How to Build, Finish, Furnish, and Adorn a Home in Michigan Cultural History
Guth, Alexander Carl, “Early Day Architects in Milwaukee” in Wisconsin Cultural History

What Makes the House Beautiful

Atlantic monthly 1920
Peabody, Henrietta C, ed. Go to Book
DDC: 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

Radford’s Combined House and Barn Plan Book …

Chicago: Radford 1908
Radford, William A., ed.Go to Book
DDC: 728

(title continued) “… 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”

Honor Bilt Modern Homes

Sears, Roebuck 1921
SearsGo to Book
DDC: 728

Catalog of full-size house kits produced by Sears, Roebuck that could be ordered for shipment.

Ready Made Buildings; Sears, Roebuck & Co.

Sears, Roebuck 1920
SearsGo to Book
DDC: 728

Catalog of inexpensive small houses produced by Sears, Roebuck that the company claimed could be erected very easily by bolting together.

Craftsman Homes

NY: Craftsman 1909
Stickley, GustavGo to Book
DDC: 728

Gustav Stickley (1858-1942) established a furniture factory in Binghamton, NY in the late 1880s, and by 1900 he was offering a range of furniture using progressive designs that were heavily influenced by the English “Arts and Crafts” movement led by artist William Morris. In 1901 he established a magazine, The Craftsman, to promote the Arts and Crafts philosophy.

Our Homes and their Adornments, or, How to Build, Finish, Furnish, and Adorn a Home

Chilton 1885
Varney, Almon C.Go to Book
DDC: 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.

“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].”
– Martha Peterson, “Mr. Varney’s Neighborhood” post on the “El Moore” website. See her photos of surviving Varney buildings in Detroit at her post.Go to Post

729 Design & decoration


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