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Europe in the 19th Century

by C. A. Fyffe

On the morning of the 19th of April, 1792, after weeks of stormy agitation in Paris, the Ministers of Louis XVI. brought down a letter from the King to the Legislative Assembly of France. The letter was brief...


Storming the Old Boys' Citadel

by Carla Blank & Tania Martin

“Women” and “architecture” were once mutually exclusive terms. In an 1891 address, Louise Blanchard Bethune declared, “it is hardly safe to assert” that a connection even exists between the two words....


Barns, Sheds and Outbuildings: A Practical Guide

by Byron D. Halsted

Earthy, barn-building theories of 1881 extend to dog- and bird-houses and are based upon principles that still shine brightly today: light and air, space, cost, beauty, and convenience. 257 illustrations.


The Metropolis of Tomorrow

by Hugh Ferriss

The metropolis of the future — as perceived by architect Hugh Ferriss in 1929 — was both generous and prophetic in vision. This illustrated essay on the modern city and its future features 59 illustrations....


Small Houses of the Twenties: The Sears, Roebuck 1926 House Catalog

by Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Excellent reproduction of rare catalog describes 86 different houses and bungalows in over 300 photographs, illustrations, and floor plans. Text provides complete descriptions.


Sears House Designs of the Thirties

by Sears, Roebuck and Co.

68 Sears-designed homes display handsome exterior and interior views — with vestibules, breakfast alcoves, massive chimneys, unusual roof lines, and other attractive features. Over 200 black-and-white illustrations....


Pictorial Encyclopedia of Historic Architectural Plans, Details and Elements: With 1880 Line Drawings of Arches, Domes, Doorways, Facades, Gables, Win

by John Theodore Haneman

Sourcebook of inspiration for architects, designers, others. 1880 line drawings on 70 plates. Bibliography. Captions.


Craftsman Bungalows: Designs from the Pacific Northwest

by Yoho & Merritt

This reprint of a rare catalog, showcasing the charming simplicity and cozy style of Craftsman bungalows, is filled with photos of completed homes, plus floor plans and estimated costs. An indispensable resource...


Sears Modern Homes, 1913

by Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Reproduced from a rare edition, this book features 112 designs for homes of "comfort and refinement," with external views, floor plans, and other details. 400 illustrations.


Universal Millwork Catalog, 1927: Over 500 Designs for Doors, Windows, Stairways, Cabinets and Other Woodwork

by Universal Catalog Bureau

Featured items include French doors, windows and sashes, blinds, colonnades, window seats, and other interior and exterior elements. Captions. 326 black-and-white illustrations.


The American Vignola: A Guide to the Making of Classical Architecture

by William R. Ware

This includes tables of the Classical Orders, measured drawings of monuments, and practical instruction on classical design. 304 illustrations.


Classic Houses of the Twenties

by Loizeaux

Rare plan book published by Loizeaux building-supply and lumber companies of New Jersey in 1927. Illustrations and floor plans for 134 houses — Colonial, Gothic, Modern English, Italian, and other styles....


Tales of Two Cities: Paris, London and the Birth of the Modern City

by Jonathan Conlin

Paris and London have long held a mutual fascination, and never more so than in the period 1750-1914, when they vied to be the world's greatest city. Each city has been the focus of many books, yet Jonathan...


The Flatiron

by Alice Sparberg Alexiou

The marvelous story of the Flatiron: the instantly recognizable building that signaled the start of a new era in New York history.

Critics hated it. The public feared it would topple over. Passersby were knocked...


The Panama Canal

by Harry Clow Boardman

Great book over the entire history of the Panamal Canal. 


Mysterious Builder of Seattle Landmarks

by Paula Pederson & Wiley Wendy

(Indexed edition) After decades of believing her mother's tale that Danish immigrant

Hans Pederson left them penniless, author Paula Pederson uncovers

the truth abouther father's wealth and prolific contributions...


New York's Golden Age of Bridges

by Joan Marans Dim, Antonio Masi & Harold Holzer

In New York’s Golden Age of Bridges, artist Antonio Masi teams up with writer and New York City historian Joan Marans Dim to offer a multidimensional exploration of New York City’s nine major bridges, their...


The Empire State Building

by John Tauranac

The Empire State Building is the landmark book on one of the world’s most notable landmarks. Since its publication in 1995, John Tauranac’s book, focused on the inception and construction of the building,...


Barns of New York

by Cynthia Falk

Barns of New York explores and celebrates the agricultural and architectural diversity of the Empire State-from Long Island to Lake Erie, the Southern Tier to the North Country-providing a unique compendium...


Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House

by Donald Hoffmann

At the behest of oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, the twentieth century's greatest architect created one of his most imaginative and controversial residential designs. Built in Hollywood in 1920–21, Hollyhock...