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Architectural Styles

American Architecture since 1780: A Guide to the Styles

Marcus Whiffen (1992)
Contains descriptions, histories, and illustrations of more than 40 architectural styles. 

The American House

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. 

American Houses: A Field Guide to the Architecture of the Home

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.

A Field Guide to American Architecture

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. 

A Field Guide to American Houses

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.

Great American Houses and their Architectural Styles

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.

Identifying American Architecture

John J.G. Blumenson (1981)
Will enable the reader to determine architectural styles and terms by comparing real buildings with the books’ many photographs. 


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American Architects from the First World War to the Present: a Guide to Information Sources

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.

Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased)

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.

History of Chicago (3 vols.)

Alfred T. Andreas 1884-86
A history of the city of Chicago for the earliest period to the present time (1885). Includes biographical information of the prominent men of the time.

Industrial Chicago: The Building Interests (Vol. 1)

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.

MacMillan Encyclopedia of Architects (4 vols.)

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.

Chicago Architects’ Blue Book; Endorsed by Henry Ives Cobb, Dankmar Adler, and Many Others.

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.

Cumulative Index of Names and Buildings: the Chicago Architects Oral History Project.

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.

See also: Chicago Architects Oral History Project Online

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