Mary Mix Foley (1980) This line-illustrated book attempts to clarify the astounding variety of American domestic architectural styles, from early 17th century huts to the postmodern period. More than a field guide, it covers a lot of territory with a good deal of historical background, but it can be confusing.
Gerald L. Foster (2004) An historical survey of the architecture of the American home from 1620 to 2000, this work provides images of facades as well as floorplans, photographs, and drawings of interiors and exteriors. An illustrated glossary is also included.
Carole Rifkin (1980) Handbook to American architecture up to the 1940s describes the historical background, construction materials, and basic structures and styles (Colonial, Federal, Victorian, Greek Revival, Romanesque, etc.) The book is divided first by building function (residential, commercial, etc.) and then by specific architectural period.
Virginia McAlester (2013) A survey of the American house from Native American architectural styles through 2008, this work is fully-illustrated with photographs, line drawings, and floor plans. This work includes essays on topics such as style, form, structure, and neighborhoods, as well as a section on approaches to construction in the 20th and 21st centuries, an index, and a pictorial key.
Virginia McAlester (1994) This book presents 25 American houses which are open to the public. Included are floor plans for each dwelling and a schematic diagram that point out representative architectural characteristics of the style in question.
Lawrence Wodehouse (1976) This two-volume reference work on American architects and their architecture. Selected annotated biographical bibliography of American architects from the period of the Civil War to present (1977). Also included is a building location index.
Henry and Elise Withey (1956/1970) This reference presents biographical and career information on some 2,000 American architects. Coverage ranges from about 1740 to 1952. Entries are alphabetical by last name and include dates of birth and death, city and state of practice, a biographical profile of the architect’s professional career, and references.
Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1891 Includes information on architects’ and bulders’ associations, brick and Terra Cotta companies, carpenters, masons, roofers and other construction related laborers, as well as building laws and ordinances.
Adolf K. Placzek (1982) These four volumes are completely indexed by name of architect and by the name of building. A typical entry includes a biographical statement, a list of works, and a bibliography of source material.
Milton E. Lowitz and Co. (1900) A complete classified directory of all the construction industries of Chicago, and all architects in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Also includes an index to business classifications.
Compiled under the auspices of the Chicago Architects Oral History Project, The Ernest R. Graham Study Center for Architectural Drawings Department of Architecture, The Art Institute of Chicago Contains an index of the Architects that participated in the oral history project.