Readings:

Survey Texts:

  • Mark Gelernter, A History of American Architecture: Buildings in their Cultural and Technological Context (Hanover, NH, 1999).
  • Alan Gowans, Styles and Types of North American Architecture (New York, 1992).
  • Alan Gowans, Images of American Living (New York, 1964, 1976).
  • David P. Handlin, American Architecture (London, 1985).
  • William Pierson, Jr., and William H. Jordy, American Buildings and their Architects, 4 vols.(Garden City, NY, 1972-76).
  • Leland Roth, A Concise History of American Architecture (New York, 1979).
  • Leland Roth, American Architecture: A History (Boulder, CO, 2001).
  • Vincent J. Scully, American Architecture and Urbanism (New York, 1969, 1988).
  • Marcus Whiffen and Frederick Koeper, American Architecture, 1607-1976, 2 vols. (Cambridge, MA, 1981).

Serials:

PVA (Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture): a full listing of vols. I-XI tocs through VAF: http://www.vernaculararchitectureforum.org/pva.html
These are on the shelf in Carpenter at NA705 .P472. 

WP (Winterthur Portfolio): a browsable list of some articles that appear to be about architecture, building, and related subjects.
These are on the shelf in Carpenter at N9 .W52, and are also available on-line through JSTOR up through 2001.

JSAH (Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians) a browsable list of some articles that appear to be about American architecture or related subjects, 1962-2005.
These are on the shelf in Carpenter at NA1 .A327, and are also avialble on-line through JSTOR up through 2001.


Collected writings:

NA705 .A483 2004 :
American architectural history : a contemporary reader / edited by Keith L. Eggener, 2004

1 National design : mercantile cities and the grid / John R. Stilgoe 25
2 "Modifying factors" in Native American architecture / Peter Nabokov, Robert Easton 39
3 Church design and construction in Spanish New Mexico / Marc Treib 51
4 Space : parish churches, courthouses, and dwellings in colonial Virginia / Dell Upton 73
5 The plantation landscape / John Michael Vlach 95
6 The first professional : Benjamin Henry Latrobe / Mary N. Woods 112
7 The Greek revival : Americanness, politics and economics / W. Barksdale Maynard 132
8 Independence and the rural cottage / Gwendolyn Wright 142
9 First impressions : front halls and hall furnishings in Victorian America / Kenneth L. Ames 157
10 "A city under one roof," Chicago skyscrapers, 1880-1895 / Daniel Bluestone 177
11 Creating New York's nineteenth-century retail district / Mona Domosh 206
12 Architecture and the reinterpretation of the past in the American renaissance / Richard Guy Wilson 227
13 A cultural Frankenstein? : the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 / Robert W. Rydell 249
14 The prairie house / James F. O'Gorman 267
15 Wright, influence, and the world at large / Anthony Alofsin 281
16 The search for modernity : America, the international style, and the Bauhaus / Margaret Kentgens-Craig 294
17 People who live in glass houses : Edith Farnsworth, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Philip Johnson / Alice T. Friedman 316
18 Mirror images : technology, consumption, and the representation of gender in American architecture since World War II / Joan Ockman 342
19 The Pruitt-Igoe myth / Katharine G. Bristol 352
20 Robert Venturi and "the return of historicism" / Neil Levine 365
21 The battle for the monument : the Vietnam Veterans Memorial / Mary McLeod 380
22 Introduction : variations on a theme park / Michael Sorkin 407
23 Fortress Los Angeles / Mike Davis 412
24 Planes of existence : Chicago and O'Hare International Airport / Marc Spiegler 426

NA705 .B759 2003
Building the nation : Americans write about their architecture, their cities, and their landscape / edited by Steven Conn and Max Page, 2003

Ch. 1 Introduction: American Architecture? 1
1 Excerpt from On the Architecture of America 9
2 Excerpt from On the Arts 10
3 Architecture: Its Alleged Degeneracy / R. C. Long 12
4 Excerpt from American Architecture / Horatio Greenough 14
5 Excerpt from A Public Building 17
6 Architecture Through Oppression / Frederick Jackson Turner 22
7 The Point of View / Montgomery Schuyler 24
8 Excerpt from The Big Money / John Dos Passos 26
9 "Melting Pot of Architecture" / Mary Hornaday 27
10 Excerpt from The Architecture of the Future / Talbot F. Hamlin 30
11 Excerpt from The Tragedy of American Architecture / G. E. Kidder Smith 33
12 Excerpt from What Is 'American' in Architecture and Design? Notes Toward an Aesthetic of Process / John A. Kouwenhoven 37
13 Towers of Mammon / Douglas Davis 41
14 Tomorrow's Ruins Today / Vincent Scully 43
Ch. 2 "They Do Things Better in Europe": American View the World 47
15 Letters from Paris / Thomas Jefferson 53
16 Excerpt from "Description of the City of Morocco" 55
17 Excerpt from Sketch of Amsterdam 57
18 Excerpt from Letters from Abroad to Kindred at Home / Catherine Maria Sedgwick 59
19 Excerpt from Mentone, Cairo, and Corfu / Contance Fenimore Woolson 61
20 Excerpts from The Innocents Abroad / Mark Twain 64
21 Excerpt from Italian Villas and Their Gardens / Edith Wharton 66
22 Excerpt from "The German Way of Making Better Cities" / Sylvester Baxter 69
23 Excerpt from Exile's Return: A Literary Odyssey of the 1920s / Malcolm Cowley 73
24 Excerpt from Architecture and Life in the U.S.S.R. / Frank Lloyd Wright 96
25 Excerpt from Recent Architecture Abroad / Douglas Haskell 79
26 Excerpt from Israel: Young Blood and Old / George Biddle 81
27 Excerpt from The International Style After Half a Century / Paul Goldberger 84
28 Manifest Destiny / Suzanne Stephens 87
Ch. 3 So Glorious a Landscape: Shaping Nature the American Way 93
29 Antiquities of Ohio / C. W. Short 97
30 Pine Lands of New Jersey 99
31 Excerpt from The Pine Barrens / John McPhee 100
32 Excerpt from A Tour on the Prairies / Washington Irving 102
33 Review of Andrew Jackson Downing, "Landscape Gardening and Rural Architecture in America" 106
34 Excerpt from The Pennsylvania Coal Region / H. M. Alden 112
35 Our National Shabbiness / Frederick Lewis Allen 114
36 Architecture of the TVA / Douglas Haskell 118
37 Last Chance to Save the Everglades / John D. MacDonald 120
38 Excerpt from Preliminary Glance at an American Landscape / John A. Kouwenhoven 123
39 Excerpt from The Politics of Beauty / William F. Buckley 125
40 Excerpt from God's Own Junkyard / Peter Blake 130
41 Abolish the White House Lawn / Michael Pollan 133
42 The Trouble with Wilderness / William Cronon 137
Ch. 4 One Nation, of Many Parts: Regionalism and the Built Environment 141
43 Excerpt from Topographical Sketches of the County of Essex 147
44 Excerpt from An Account of Moravian Settlements 149
45 Excerpt from Domestic Architecture 152
46 Excerpt from The Souls of Black Folk / W. E. B. Du Bois 155
47 Excerpt from Highways and Byways of the South / Clifton Johnson 159
48 Excerpt from The Abomination of Cities / Corra Harris 163
49 J. W. Hoover, excerpt from "House and Village Types of the Southwest as Conditioned by Aridity," 1935; and Talbot Hamlin, excerpt from "What Makes It American? Architecture in the Southwest and West," 1939 165
50 Excerpt from Grandfather's Store / Phyllis Fenner 175
51 Excerpt from Look What's Happened to California / Carey McWilliams 174
52 Why Is This an American Style House? / Charlotte Conway 177
53 Show Me the Way to Go Home / Thomas Griffith 179
54 Excerpt from A Vision of New Fields / John Brinckerhoff Jackson 181
55 Bulldozing Our Sense of Place / Steven Conn 184
Ch. 5 Urbanism, Real and Imagined 187
56 Description of Philadelphia / Jacob Duche 187
57 Description of the City of Washington 193
58 Excerpt from The Plan of San Francisco / M. G. Upton 197
59 Excerpt from The Problem of the Twentieth Century City / Josiah Strong 200
60 Excerpt from Colorado and Its Capital / Julian Ralph 203
61 Excerpt from What a Great City Might Be - A Lesson from the White City / John Coleman Adams 206
62 Excerpt from Art and Railway Stations 210
63 Excerpt from Improvement in City Life: Aesthetic Progress / Charles Mulford Robinson 212
64 The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study / W. E. B. Du Bois 215
65 Louis Sullivan, excerpt from "The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered," 1896; and Henry James, excerpt from The American Scene, 1907 221
66 The Terrible Super-City 227
67 Excerpt from Magic Motorways / Norman Bel Geddes 228
68 Excerpt from Here Is New York / E. B. White 231
69 America Day by Day (L'Amerique au jour le jour) / Simone de Beauvoir 236
70 Downtown Is for People / Jane Jacobs 237
71 Fear of the City, 1783-1983 / Alfred Kazin 240
72 Excerpt from The New American Ghetto / Camillo Jose Vergara 243
73 Excerpt from A City on a Hill / Kurt Andersen 246
74 Excerpt from Las Vegas, Tis of Thee / Richard Todd 250
75 On Edge, Again / Max Page 252
Ch. 6 Taming the Crabgrass Frontier: The Triumph of the Suburbs 257
76 Anonymous, "Landscape-Gardening: Llewellen Park," 1857; and Anonymous, "Llewellyn Park," 1871 263
77 Excerpt from Letter to the Riverside Improvement Company 265
78 Excerpt from Suburban Homes on the West Jersey Railroad 268
79 Excerpt from Suburban Homes: A Plea for Privacy in Home Life / R. Clipston Sturgis 271
80 Christine Frederick, excerpt from "Is Suburban Living a Delusion"? 1928; and Ethel Longworth Swift, excerpt from "In Defense of Suburbia," 1928 273
81 Excerpt from Does Your City Suffer from Suburbanitis? / Thomas H. Reed, Doris Reed, Murrah Teigh Bloom 279
82 Excerpt from The Big Change in Suburbia / Frederick Lewis Allen 284
83 Excerpt from Are Cities Un-American? / William H. Whyte, Jr. 289
84 Excerpt from The Feminine Mystique / Betty Friedan 292
85 Excerpt from No Place Like Home / David Guterson 295
86 Excerpt from Home from Nowhere / James Howard Kunstler 301
Ch. 7 Better Buildings, Better People: Architecture and Social Reform 307
87 Excerpt from American Notes / Charles Dickens 311
88 Excerpt from The Shakers at Lebanon 315
89 Excerpt from College Edifices and Their Relation to Education 320
90 Excerpt from The American Woman's Home / Catherine E. Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe 324
91 Excerpt from Pullman: A Social Study / Richard T. Ely 328
92 Excerpt from Mill Architecture / C. John Hexamer 335
93 Excerpt from Beautifying the Ugly Things / Mary Bronson Hartt 336
94 Excerpt from Giving Carnegie Libraries / Isaac F. Marcosson 338
95 Excerpt from City Planning in Justice to the Working Population 342
96 Excerpt from That 'One Third of a Nation' / Edith Elmer Wood 345
97 The Case History of a Failure / James Bailey 348
98 The Threat and Promise of Urban Redevelopment in New Haven / Vincent Scully 348
99 John Edgar Wideman, "Doing Time, Marking Race," 1995; and Peter Annin, "Inside the New Alcatraz," 1998 355
Ch. 8 Monuments and Memory: Building and Protecting the American Past 361
100 Description of an Indian Mound / Joseph Sansom 367
101 Excerpt from Church Architecture in New-York 368
102 Washington's Examples 372
103 Excerpt from The Lack of Old Homes in America / Charles Eliot Norton 373
104 Excerpt from A Great Battle Park 374
105 Excerpt from Preserving the Landmarks / Park Pressey 376
106 Excerpt from Colonial Williamsburg / Helen Burns 378
107 The Disappearance of Pennsylvania Station / Lewis Mumford 381
108 Destroying the Past by 'Development' / Russell Kirk 387
109 Herbert J. Gans, excerpt from "Preserving Everyone's Noo Yawk," 1975; and Ada Louise Huxtable, excerpt from "Preserving Noo Yawk Landmarks," 1975 389
110 The Vietnam Memorial / Paul Goldberger 392
111 Excerpt from The House That Ruth's Father Built / Phil Patton 396
112 How a Brand-New Development Came by its Rich History / Ann Carrns 397
113 Excerpt from Old Baltimore Row Houses Fall Before the Wrecking Ball / Tracie Rozhon 400
114 New War Memorial Is Shrine to Sentiment / Herbert Muschamp 404

NA710 .A46 1989
American public architecture : European roots and native expressions / edited by Craig Zabel and Susan Scott Munshower, 1989.

NA705 .A49 1986
American architecture : innovation and tradition / edited by David G. De Long, Helen Searing and Robert A. M. Stern, 1986

NA705 .C58 1986
Common places : readings in American vernacular architecture / edited by Dell Upton, John Michael Vlach. 1986

NA705 .A48 1983
America builds : source documents in American architecture and planning / edited by Leland M. Roth, 1983

NA710 .R5
The Rise of an American Architecture, edited by Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., 1970.

NA710 .G5
The Literature of Architecture, edited by Don Gifford, 1966.

NA705 .C56
Architecture in America; a battle of styles, edited by William A. Coles and Henry Hope Reed, Jr. 1961

NA710 .M8
Roots of Contemporary American Architecture, edited by Lewis Mumford, 1952.