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Folkscanomy Online Collection of Architecture

Folkscanomy
Internet Archive Dewey Dec. 720.9

This is a diverse, hand-picked selection of 400 free online books about architecture, with an emphasis on recent work. Included are books about construction, landscape design, sustainable design, earthquake engineering, green building, ecological homes, residential architecture in particular countries, and office buildings. Not all are in English.

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Buildings Collection

This collection of 1,500 ebooks, free and online, in the Internet Archive book collection, has books published within about the past 40 years. Some of the books are about specific buildings or categories of buildings. Some books are about architectural styles in particular cities or countries, and some are about building maintenance and repair. Some Books: A History of Buildings from Huts to Highrise, Modern Schoolhouses – with plans and illustrations, Antigua Guatemala – the city and its heritage, Repair and Remodel Cost Book, 1001 Buildings You Must See before You Die, Contextual Architecture, Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings, Amazing Buildings, The Real Estate Manager’s Technical Glossary, Library Buildings, Sustainable Buildings in Practice, Super Structures, Embassies of Washington, California’s Missions and Presidios, Bed & Breakfast Encyclopedia, Moscow Revealed, A View of Original Toronto, many more.

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Architecture History Collection

About 1,300 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Architecture History. Some Books: Greek Architecture, Earth Architecture, The Future of Architecture, Crash Course in Architecture, New Directions in Swiss Architecture, European Architecture 1750-1890, Mythology – Archaeology – Architecture, Chinese Architecture, Art Nouveau Architecture, Japanese Architecture, American Architecture, Detroit Architecture, The New German Architecture, World Atlas of Architecture, Early Victorian Architecture in Britain, Architecture – the critics’ choice – 150 masterpieces, many more.

Architecture and Houses in American History Collection

About 120 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Architecture in American History. Some books: American houses in History, A History of American Dwellings, The American Porch, A Concise History of American Architecture, Romanticism and American Architecture, Contemporary American Architects, Great American Gardens, Frank Lloyd Wright, A Building History of Northern New England, American Vernacular Interior Architecture 1870-1940, American Synagogues, Alexander Jackson Davis, Gothic Revival, Great Glass in American Architecture, many more.

Historic Buildings Collection

More than 500 free ebooks from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Historic Buildings. Some books: Historic Portsmouth – Early Photographs, The Old South, Historic Australia, New England Gallery, Historic Homes and Sites of Revolutionary America, Historic Houses of the Hudson Valley, Richmond Homes and Memories, Colonial Williamsburg, Preserving London, Respectful Rehabilitation, Cyclical Maintenance for Historic Buildings, Great House of American History, many more.

Home Design Collection

About 1,000 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Home Design. Some books: Small Home Plans, Creative Home Design, Design Ideas for Home Landscaping, Home Office Design, Home Design and Decorating, Universal Design for the Home, Design Ideas for Home Decorating, The Green Home Design Guide, Interior Design Ideas Inside an English Home, Home Design with Feng Shui, The Log Home Book, 1001 Ideas for Home Design and decoration, Basement Ideas that Work, Accessible Home Design, How to Start a Home-based Interior Design Business, many more.

Essentials in Architecture

Belcher, John
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.

A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Curl, James Stevens
Oxford Univ. 2006 Dewey Dec. 720.3

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. Architecture — Dictionaries, Electronic book, Landscape architecture — Dictionaries.

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

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. Architecture — History — Bibliography, Architecture — History

The Story of Architecture

Glancey, Jonathan
Dorling Kindersley 2003 Dewey Dec. 720.9

“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.” -Publisher. Buildings — History, Architecture — History

Enjoyment of Architecture

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. Architecture.

Dictionary of Architecture and Construction

Harris, Cyril M.
McGraw-Hill 1975 Dewey Dec. 720.3

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.. Architecture / General, Architecture / Interior Design / General, Technology & Engineering / Construction / General, Architecture / Reference.

Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture

Harris, Cyril M.
Dover 1983 Dewey Dec. 720.9

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. Architecture — Dictionaries, Architecture / Reference, Architecture — Dictionaries — History.

The Language of Space

Lawson, Bryan
Architectural Press 2001 Dewey Dec. 720.3

“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. Architecture / Study & Teaching, Architecture / Design.

Historical Dictionary of Architecture

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. Reference / Dictionaries, Architecture / History / General, Electronic books, Architecture — Dictionaries — History.

What Style Is It?

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. Architecture — Themes, motives — United States

Practical Book of Architecture

Price, Charles Matlack
Lippincott 1916 Dewey Dec. 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

Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and Descriptive (Vol 1, A-E)

– Volume 2 (F-N)

– Volume 3 (O-Z)

Sturgis, Russell
Macmillan 1901-02 Dewey Dec. 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. Architecture — Dictionaries — Bibliography, Architects.

Modern Architecture Collection

200 free online books at the Internet Archive in the category “modern Architecture. Books were published over about the last 40 years. Included are books about office buildings, museums, residences, and churches, as well as books about concepts, leading architects, and historic architecture.
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100 More of the World’s Best Houses

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.

American Cottages

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.

Modern Architectural Designs and Details

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.

Modern Architecture since 1900

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.

School Architecture; Principles and Practices

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.

Architecture of Colonial America

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 ].

The Distinctive Home: A Vision of Timeless Design

Eck, Jeremiah
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.” Publisher. House & Home / Design & Construction, Architectural Design, Building., Architecture, Domestic.

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

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.

Contents: The house the judge built – Captain George’s plan – The house of Abram – Mr. John Smith’s house – The home of the professor – Lucia’s castle – The Duke of Buckingham’s lodge – The home of Mr. and Mrs. Benedict – The planter’s home – The parsonage – One of King Kole’s cottages – The poet’s abiding-place – The doctor’s home – The house that never was built – How it happened.

Beautiful Houses: A Study in House-Building

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.

Convenient Houses with Fifty Plans for the Housekeeper …

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. Dwellings — Remodeling — Amateurs’ manuals, Architecture, Domestic.

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

Goodwin, Francis
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.

Early Renaissance Architecture in England

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. Architecture — England, Architecture, Renaissance, Architecture — History — England.

Old English Houses

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 Country homes — England, Historic buildings — England, England — Historic houses, etc, England — Historic buildings, Architecture, Domestic — England.

Barn Plans and Outbuildings

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.

Barns, Outbuildings and Fences

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.

Architecture of the 20th Century

Hollingsworth, Mary
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).

American Country Houses of Today …

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

Howe, Samuel
Architectural Book 1915 Dewey Dec. 728

Architecture, Domestic — United States.

On Architecture: Collected Reflections on a Century of Change

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. Architecture / General, Architecture / Criticism, Architecture / Individual Architects & Firms / Essays, Architecture, Modern — 20th century

The House, a Manual of Rural Architecture, 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 ; 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.

Universal Design for the Home

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. Universal design–United States, Dwellings–Barrier-free design–United States.

Wilderness Homes: A Book of the Log Cabin

Kemp, Oliver
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.

Domestic Architecture of the American Colonies and of the Early Republic

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

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

Encyclopedia of 20th century Architecture

Magnago Lampugnani, Vittorio
Abrams 1986 Dewey Dec. 724

With more than 350 entries, this handy new [1986] 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. Architecture, Modern — Dictionaries — 20th century, Architecture, Modern 20th century Dictionaries

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. Structural engineering — History, Architecture, Modern, Engineering — History.

What Makes the House Beautiful

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. Architecture, Domestic. Architecture–Details. Interior decoration.

Radford’s Combined House and Barn Plan Book …

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.

House Plans for Everybody

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 Dewey Dec. 720

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. Architecture, Domestic — Designs and plans, Architecture, Domestic — Designs and plans — United States, Architecture — Designs and plans — History — 19th century — United States.

Honor Bilt Modern Homes

Sears
Sears, Roebuck 1921 Dewey Dec. 728

Catalog of full-size house kits produced by Sears, Roebuck that could be ordered for shipment. Buildings, Portable, Buildings, Prefabricated — Catalogs, Architecture, Domestic — Designs and plans, Architecture, Domestic — Catalogs — Designs and plans — United States, Prefabricated houses — Catalogs — Designs and plans — United States, Prefabricated houses, Architecture, Domestic — Designs and plans — Catalogs — United States, Prefabricated houses — Designs and plans — Catalogs — United States, Building fittings — Catalogs — United States.

Ready Made Buildings; Sears, Roebuck & Co.

Sears
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. Buildings, Prefabricated — Catalogs, Architecture, Domestic — Designs and plans, Architecture, Domestic — Catalogs — Designs and plans — United States.

American Hospital of the Twentieth Century

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. Hospitals — History — 20th century — United States — Europe, Hospitals — United States, Hospitals

Craftsman Homes

Stickley, Gustav
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. Architecture, Domestic. Arts and crafts movement.

Not So Big Solutions for Your Home

Susanka, Sarah
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. House & Home / Decorating, House & Home / Design & Construction, House & Home / Remodeling & Renovation, Architecture — Composition, proportion, etc, Interior architecture., Small houses., Architecture, Domestic.

Frank Lloyd Wright: A Visual Encyclopedia

Thomson, Iain
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.

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

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.

“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.

American Architecture, 1607-1976

Whiffen, Marcus; Koeper, Frederick
MIT 1981 Dewey Dec. 720.9

Architecture — United States, Architecture / History / General, Photography / General, Architecture

Twentieth-century American Architecture: The Buildings and their Makers

Wiseman, Carter
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. Architecture — United States, Architecture / Individual Architects & Firms / General, Architecture — United States — History — 20th century, Architecture / History / General, Architecture.

From Bauhaus to Our House

Wolfe, Tom
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. Architecture / Criticism, Architecture — History — 20th century — United States.


Free Books on Medieval Castles & Cathedrals

Medieval Architecture Collection

Nearly 150 free online modern books here, in the category ‘medieval 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.

Cathedrals Collection

About 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Cathedrals. Some Books: 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.

Castles Collection

This collection, resulting from a search for “castles” in the Internet Archive collection of free online books, inadvertently included many works of fiction. However, there are probably at least 100 adult nonfiction books on the theme of castles. Some Books: 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.

Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres

Adams, Henry
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. Middle Ages, Le Mont-Saint-Michel (France)

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. Civilization, Medieval, Architecture, Gothic, Architecture, Medieval

Gothic Architecture in France, England, and Italy

– Volume 2

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.

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

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

Gothic Architecture in England and 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. Church architecture–England. Church architecture–France. Architecture, Gothic.