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Classical Architecture for Design Professionals

Classical Architecture for Design Professionals

By Robert Adam

Author Robert Adam, a member of the ICAA’s Council of Advisors, concisely summarizes the elements of the classical tradition and their application. For the novice studying the classical orders, this book offers a succinct overview and is an effective primer. For those already familiar with the material, it is an excellent desk reference book and source of inspirational drawings.

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On the Art of Building in Ten Books

On the Art of Building in Ten Books

By Leon Battista Alberti

Beautifully illustrated magnum opus of the great Renaissance theorist who reintroduced the glories of ancient architecture and applied musical and mathematical principles to achieve perfection of proportion in architectural design.

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The Ten Books of Architecture

The Ten Books of Architecture

By Leon Battista Alberti

Leon Battista Alberti 91404-1472) was a great and multi-talented thinker of the Renaissance and is responsible for the re-introduction of many great classical structures to the world. In The Ten Books of Architecture, Alberti covers a multitude of topics from planning to the philosophy of beauty. Alberti’s multi-lateral views affect his approach to the various subjects he covers in this book. This version is reprinted from a rare British edition of Alberti’s book and includes 68 black and white plates.

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A Pattern Language

A Pattern Language

By Christopher Alexander

The second of three books published by the Center for Environmental Structure provides a “working alternative to our present ideas about architecture, building, and planning”. Extraordinarily thorough, coherent, and accessible, A Pattern Language offers a practical language for building and planning based on natural considerations.

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The Timeless Way of Building

The Timeless Way of Building

By Christopher Alexander

Volume 1 of Alexander’s important trilogy lays out the philosophy of The Timeless Way, with numerous illustrative examples. The essence is that the people who are to live in the buildings should be closely involved in their design, and that buildings should grow naturally, rather than be planned. He discusses desirable patterns — common features abstracted from many successful buildings — and about a pattern language for describing and combining these patterns into built form.

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Michael Graves Images of a Grand Tour

Michael Graves Images of a Grand Tour

By Brian Ambroziak

The Grand Tour of the great monuments of Europe was once considered obligatory for a young architect. As a recipient of the Prix de Rome, Graves made this journey studying and recording the masterworks he observed. Delicate pencil sketches and striking ink washes show the deep connection Graves had to the places he visited. They also tell something of the education of an architect, bringing to light the classical buildings that caused him to reexamine his early devotion to modernism.

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Great Georgian Houses of America, Vol. 1

Great Georgian Houses of America, Vol. 1

By Architects Emergency Committee

The Architect’s Emergency Committee collected 497 illustrations of Georgian houses in this two volume series. Illustrations include floor plans, facades, interiors, and decorative details. The books are representative of all of the regions in the United States that witnessed the building of Georgian houses between 1714 and 1830. The two volumes cover the unique changes that were occurring in specific regions and allow readers to get a sense of how people of this period responded to achievement and prosperity.

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Great Georgian Houses of America, Vol. 2

Great Georgian Houses of America, Vol. 2

By Architects Emergency Committee

The Architect’s Emergency Committee collected 497 illustrations of Georgian houses in this two volume series. Illustrations include floor plans, facades, interiors, and decorative details. The books are representative of all of the regions in the United States that witnessed the building of Georgian houses between 1714 and 1830. The two volumes cover the unique changes that were occurring in specific regions and allow readers to get a sense of how people of this period responded to achievement and prosperity.

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An American Palace: Chicago's Samuel M. Nickerson House

An American Palace: Chicago's Samuel M. Nickerson House

By David Bagnall

This book explores the rich and varied history of one of Chicago’s grandest Gilded Age residences. Commissioned by Chicago banker Samuel M. Nickerson in 1879, the house was designed by the architectural firm Burling and Whitehouse of Chicago and finished in 1883. Following a long and checkered history of both private and institutional ownership, the property was established as a museum in 2003 by Chicago philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus and underwent a meticulous and extensive renovation before opening to the public in 2008. Beautifully illustrated, this volume provides a comprehensive history and stunning photographic tour of the Samuel M. Nickerson house.

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The American Builder’s Companion

The American Builder’s Companion

By Asher Benjamin

Asher Benjamin (1773-1845) was one of the most influential architects of the Federal and Greek Revival moment in America. Benjamin’s books inspired buildings throughout the Northeast and his designs even appeared in the Midwest and South. This reprint of his book includes seventy plates illustrating the stylistic recommendations Benjamin felt were suited and fashionable for the times. This is a reprint of Benjamin’s sixth edition of the original manual.

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The Architect, or Practical House Carpenter

The Architect, or Practical House Carpenter

By Asher Benjamin

Asher Benjamin (1773-1845) was an influential architect and promoter of the Greek Revival style in America through his books in the 18th and 19th centuries. This book, The Architect, or Practical House Carpenter, was his first published work (1830) and largely responsible for the spread of the Greek Revival through the young United States. The book contains explicit instructions and drawings in 271 illustrations for the creation of perfect Greek Revival buildings.

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The Practice of Architecture & The Builder’s Guide

The Practice of Architecture & The Builder’s Guide

By Asher Benjamin

Asher Benjamin (1773-1845) was one of the United State’s most influential early architects. As renaissance writers on architecture did before him, he wrote treatises on what proper architecture was thus affecting the architectural scene throughout young America. Here, two of Benjamin’s most influential books, The Practice of Architecture and The Builder’s Guide, are printed together for a complete understanding of Benjamin’s thoughts on architecture and promotion of the Greek Revival.

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Empire Style Designs & Ornaments

Empire Style Designs & Ornaments

By Joseph Beunat

Joseph Beunat’s book, Empire Style Designs & Ornaments, is reprinted here by Dover Pictorial Archives. The book contains nine hundred different ornamental designs and forms in the Empire style of France. The designs are influenced by geometric patterns, natural forms, biblical and mythological motives, and other forms in the shape of repeatable horizontal and vertical linear patterns, friezes, dividers, and furniture decoration.

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The Designer’s Eye

The Designer’s Eye

By Brent C. Brolin

This imaginative book offers architecture students over 100 examples of visual problem-solving in architectural design. Before-and-after illustrations demonstrate real-life situations showing how designers can manipulate form, space, and material to achieve important aesthetic effects.

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Architectural Ornament: Banishment & Return

Architectural Ornament: Banishment & Return

By Brent C. Brolin

Architectural Ornament reveals the fascinating interplay of art, society, politics, and commerce from antiquity through modernism and explains ornament’s near demise and recent revival. It is a stunningly documented argument against artistic chauvinism and a lively survey of modern architecture.

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The Study of the Orders

The Study of the Orders

By Frank Chouteau Brown

Published in 1919 by the American Technical Society, The Study of the Orders is a set of three instruction papers intended to teach the five classical orders. The book is a standard reference and makes use of drawings and photographs to illustrate the orders in perfection and in context. The book includes fifty-eight plates, an illustrated glossary, and a helpful and comprehensive bibliography.

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture

The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture

By Gordon Campbell

The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art & Architecture is a comprehensive reference book covering all to do with classical art, architecture, and civilization starting with Greece and Rome. The two volume set includes 400 halftones, maps, and line drawings and 32 color plates. In 2007 Booklist wrote that the Grove Encyclopedia is “An outstanding resource that brings together a vast amount of information in a compact form… Highly recommended.”

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A Treatise on the Decorative Part of Civil Architecture

A Treatise on the Decorative Part of Civil Architecture

By William Chambers

William Chambers studied architecture in Italy and France before finally settling in London. His Treatise, originally published in 1759, was reprinted 32 years later with additional illustrations, articles, and an introduction discussing the qualifications and duties of an architect. The 53 beautifully engraved, fine line plates display ornate compartments for coved ceilings; plans and elevations of pilaster capitals; pedestals for columns; arches; balusters; and other architectural features.

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The Classical Orders of Architecture

The Classical Orders of Architecture

By Robert Chitham

This book gives a clear introduction to the classical genre, assisting designers with the quality of their buildings. This book illustrates both 100-part and 96-part systems of proportion, underpinned by an essay on James Gibbs – one of the 18th century authors of standardized proportioning systems – and his influence in America.

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Classical Architecture: Introduction to Its Vocabulary and Essentials

Classical Architecture: Introduction to Its Vocabulary and Essentials

By James Stevens Curl

This richly illustrated book illuminates the principles and elements of classical architecture which have been at the heart of the Western experience for over two millennia. It explores Greek and Roman architecture and the architecture of eras that found in antiquity a basis for their own design.

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Ruins Of Ancient Rome (Prix de Rome Drawings)

Ruins Of Ancient Rome (Prix de Rome Drawings)

By Massimiliano David

The crowning competition at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts was the Prix de Rome – a competition in which students were instructed to reconstruct Rome from its existing ruins. This competition was essential to the architects who trained in the school from 1775 to 1925 as their study of ancient buildings, particularly in this competition, went on to influence their designs for new buildings built during their careers. This book presents the drawings from the competition’s winners and provides an insight into the imaginative skill of the Beaux-Arts architects.

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The Art of Classical Details

The Art of Classical Details

By Phillip James Dodd

Phillip James Dodd takes a close-up look at some of the finest examples of contemporary classical architecture. Starting with a foreword by renowned decorator David Easton are a series of essays written by some of today’s most sought after architects, scholars, and craftsmen. Accompanied by sumptuous full page photographs and renderings that illustrate a use of fine materials, intricate detailing, and superb artisanship, these insightful texts are essential reading for anyone with an interest in the theory, practice, and craft of classical design. Following this is an illustrated look at 25 of today’s finest classically-designed homes. Employing the theories prescribed in the essays, this portfolio of contemporary buildings exhibits the work of some of the most recognizable and celebrated architects in Great Britain and the United States. The work featured in The Art of Classical Details demonstrates the timeless beauty of classicism, and delights in the role that superbly crafted details play in creating art.

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The Architecture of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts

The Architecture of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts

By Arthur Drexler

This book offers an in depth analysis of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts the preeminent French school of architecture that considered drawing to be the primary means of expressing architectural form. As such, this book includes over 200 drawings created as a result of the man projects and design competitions held throughout the school’s history. Additionally, photographs of Beaux-Arts buildings that were built in France and the United States are included. The book’s authors discuss various aspects of the school in essays on theory and practice, political and administrative history, and other interesting topics that show the continued influence of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts to this day.

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From Abyssinian to Zion: A Guide to Manhattan’s Houses of Worship

From Abyssinian to Zion: A Guide to Manhattan’s Houses of Worship

By David Dunlap

This encyclopedia of congregations and religious buildings in Manhattan is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in religion and architecture in the city. Published in collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, the book offers fascinating lore. Arranged alphabetically rather than by typology or faith, it is a unique handbook on religious architecture in Manhattan.

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The Beaux-Arts Tradition in French Architecture

The Beaux-Arts Tradition in French Architecture

By Donald D. Egbert

The Ecole des Beaux-Arts was the defining school of architecture of the 19th century. The Beaux-Arts tradition came to have a lasting effect on architectural training and thus the story of its formation and changes is an important one. The Beaux-Arts Tradition in French Architecture gives the history and theory of this famed school discussing points such as its founding, its influences from classical thought, the shifts in ideology it experienced, and the separation of the architecture school in 1968. Donald G. Egbert’s book is the most comprehensive study of the Ecole in English to date.

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Palladio’s Architecture and its Influence

Palladio’s Architecture and its Influence

By Joseph Farber and H. H. Reed

The work of Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) is examined in this illustrated book which shows and describes twenty-nine of his villas, palazzos, and churches. Additionally the book contains images and descriptions of thirty-seven additional buildings in Britain and America that were influenced by Palladio’s architecture – including work by architects Inigo Jones, Thomas Jefferson, and more. The guide includes captioned images of exteriors and interiors along with a full text by notable architectural historian Henry Hope Reed.

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Edwardian Civic Buildings and their Details

Edwardian Civic Buildings and their Details

By Richard Fellows

The many influences on Edwardian architects, including new methods and techniques, a mixture of tradition and progress, as well as the influence of the arts and crafts movement, are here analyzed in this engaging study of a unique period in design. This book shows how the civic qualities most admired in Edwardian architecture were achieved, in order to encourage those engaged in the process of building design and procurement to recapture the spirit, if not the style, of the period around the turn of the century.

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A History of Architecture on the Comparative Method

A History of Architecture on the Comparative Method

By Sir Banister Fletcher

In the words of Sir Banister Fletcher, ‘The study of architecture opens up the enjoyment of buildings with an appreciation of their purpose, meaning, and charm.’ These words aptly summarize what this fully illustrated and enduring classic has become for generations of students and architects.

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Infinite Measure: Learning to Design in Geometric Harmony with Art, Architecture, and Nature

Infinite Measure: Learning to Design in Geometric Harmony with Art, Architecture, and Nature

By Rachel Fletcher

Infinite Measure is both a creative workbook and an authoritative reference guide for teachers, students, and practitioners of design, including architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, painting, sculpture, graphics, stage design, and any of the crafts, even musical instrument making. It is beautifully designed, giving step-by-step instructions. Beginning in geometrical principles, expressed mathematically and philosophically, Fletcher provides visual designers with geometric methods for composing harmonious spaces and places. The book treats both classical and modern design examples organized by the geometrical principles they embody, offering the possibility of a new single narrative based on timeless principles.

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Beaux-Arts Architecture in New York

Beaux-Arts Architecture in New York

By E. Gillon and H .H. Reed

This photographic guide to Beaux-Arts architecture in New York City chronicles the city’s Beaux-Arts buildings including famous structures like the New York Stock Exchange and Grand Central Terminal alongside often overlooked but equally as stunning Beaux-Arts structures like the approach to the Manhattan Bridge in Chinatown. The book is organized by location of buildings throughout the city; starting at the southern tip of Manhattan, proceeding northwards, and ending with the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum Building of the New York Botanical Gardens. The guide contains copious amounts of black and white photographs to accompany historical and descriptive text.

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The Old Way of Seeing

The Old Way of Seeing

By Jonathan Hale

“The old way of seeing” is a phrase Jonathan Hale coins as being a way of designing that, since around 1830, has been lost to most design being created today. The result of this loss is that the built environment we live in is lacking in beauty and full of superficiality and symbols. In this book Hale explains the principles lost that make old buildings appealing. In his manifesto for good design, Hale attempts to put designers back on the track to meaningful design: the creation of lively and pleasing places. Hale is an architect and critic located outside of Boston.

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Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture

Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture

By Cyril M. Harris

This massive compendium by a noted architectural historian contains over 2000 line drawings, and clear, concise definitions for over 5000 important terms relating to the architectural achievements of a great variety of world cultures, ancient to modern. It includes cutaway views, close-ups of intricate details, and precisely rendered plans for many important structures.

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Pencil Points Reader (A Compendium)

Pencil Points Reader (A Compendium)

By G. Hartman et al, editors

The legendary magazine, Pencil Points, was first published in 1920 to track Classicism and as time went by became a recording of Classicism’s reaction to the rise of Modernism as well as an account of the changing role of the architect. Pencil Points Reader provides an interesting account of the classical mode of thought in the first half of the 20th century. This includes the journal’s most important essays alongside beautiful architectural drawings and photographs that were featured in the magazine during its 23 year long run (after which it became part of Progressive Architecture). Pencil Points would be a great addition to anyone interested in the history of the architect and the classical tradition in the first half of the 20th century.

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The Lost Meaning of Classical Architecture: Speculations on Ornament from Vitruvius to Venturi

The Lost Meaning of Classical Architecture: Speculations on Ornament from Vitruvius to Venturi

By George Hersey

The author contends that philology and formalism have drained architecture of much of its poetry. By analyzing this poetry — the tropes founded on the Greek terms for ornamental detail — he reconstructs a classical theory about the origin and meaning of the orders, one that links them to ancient sacrificial ritual and myth. His touchstone is Vitruvius, author of the only surviving classical treatise on architecture, whose stories about Dorus, Ion, and the Corinthian maiden, describe the orders as records or remembrances of sacrifice.

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Masterpieces of American Architecture

Masterpieces of American Architecture

By Hoak & Church

From the golden age of American architecture, this splendid survey, documents scores of masterpieces built between 1900 and 1930. Designs of the highest quality and most originality, represent the greatest achievements in memorials, museums, churches, and more. Each structure is introduced with notes from its architect.

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Birth of a Virginia Plantation House: The Design and Building of Bremo

Birth of a Virginia Plantation House: The Design and Building of Bremo

By Peter Hodson

Birth of a Virginia Plantation House: The Design and Building of Bremo examines the origins of one
of America’s most beautiful and influential plantation houses, but it also captures a unique moment
in the evolution of American culture when the new nation began to advance its own increasingly independent ideas about architecture and design.

Peter Hodson untangles and corrects the record as to those responsible for creating the 1815–1820
plantation house on the banks of the James River in Virginia. Then he constructs a poignant narrative,
drawn from General Cocke’s diary, correspondence, invoices and other documents, to show the complexity of such a construction project and the real-life impact it had on the patron, his family and the craftsmen involved. Finally, Calder Loth, editor of the volume, adds his own essay unlocking the patternbook origins of many of Bremo’s interior motifs. In the process, he shows the central role played by one of America’s pioneering architectural patternbooks.

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Adventures With Old Houses

Adventures With Old Houses

By Richard Hampton Jenrette

Former investment banker Richard Jenrette discusses his passion for the restoration of old homes in this work. This love has led him to engage in restoration projects of many of his own homes in a desire to return them to their original glory – with the appropriate art, furniture, and decoration. Jenerette talks about his influences and how his desire for restoration started with his purchase of the home Edgewater on the Hudson River. The book includes many color photographs of Jenerette’s homes and a forward by Prince Charles of the United Kingdom lauding Jenerette’s work. It is an entertaining read and good buy for those interested in the preservation of old homes.

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A Treasury of Fine Construction Design

A Treasury of Fine Construction Design

By Philip G. Knoblock

One hundred and four plates were collected from prominent architects and architecture firms of the early 20th century by author Philip G. Knoblock resulting in this magnificent book. Aptly named, A Treasury of Fine Construction Design showcases some of the period’s best firms like McKim, Mead, & White, and Carriere & Hastings, along with others. The images include details of specific construction features in the classical style, including doorways, windows, stairs, moldings, cornices, fireplaces, and other elements of interior and exterior construction. This book is a unique and helpful item that is sure to impress.

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Architectural Composition

Architectural Composition

By Rob Krier

At the height of the academic, or Beaux Arts, period in Western architecture, books on architectural composition abounded, spreading the gospel of academic design from Paris to the hinterlands. This book harkens back to this period, parsing its approach into discrete operations and elements based on tested precedent.

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The Architecture of the Old South

The Architecture of the Old South

By Mills Lane

The foremost author writing about the architecture of America’s South has produced a series of seven volumes covering individual states. This volume contains the series’ highpoints, lavishly illustrated with color photographs and numerous period drawings and watercolors. Organized chronologically through the Romantic styles of the mid-19th century, the book provides stunning examples from each period and region, ranging from modest frontier cabins to sumptuous state capitals.

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Edifices De Rome Moderne

Edifices De Rome Moderne

By Paul Marie Letarouilly

Letarouilly’s original folio edition has long been regarded as one of the most beautiful architectural books ever published. Meticulously drafted plans, elevations, profiles and perspective views in this compact reprint edition document the buildings of Renaissance Rome like no other book before or since.

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Historic Houses of the Hudson River Valley

Historic Houses of the Hudson River Valley

By Gregory Long

From the homes of the early settlers to the estates of the landed gentry of the eighteenth century and the baronial mansions of the captains of industry of the nineteenth century, the Hudson River Valley boasts some of the finest houses in America. In newly taken photographs, this sumptuous volume presents 33 exemplary or historically-important houses in the region.

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An Illustrated Glossary of Early Southern Architecture and Landscape

An Illustrated Glossary of Early Southern Architecture and Landscape

By Carl R. Lounsbury

Covering the full range of building in the early South from 1607 to the 1820s, this glossary is the first book of its kind to identify and define the language of building during this formative period of architectural development. Abundantly illustrated with over 300 photographs and drawings, it also defines more than 1,500 terms ranging from building types to methods of construction.

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A Field Guide to American Houses

A Field Guide to American Houses

By Virginia and Lee Macalester

Thirty-nine fact-filled chapters describe the identifying features and historic significance of American dwellings. Hundreds of black and white photographs and detailed drawings illustrate building types ranging from Native American folk houses to geodesic domes. An accompanying narrative explains the historic development of each style featured.

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Hadrian’s Villa & Its Legacy

Hadrian’s Villa & Its Legacy

By William L. MacDonald

Hadrian’s Villa, constructed between 118 and c.130 CE near Tivoli, Italy, is one of the greatest classical villas from Roman times in existence today. Through in depth analysis, architectural historians William MacDonlad and John Pinto describe the multitude of architectural, sculptural, and artistic features of this expansive complex. They then go further to cite the influence Hadrian’s Villa had on later structures built. This beautiful and excellent book includes thirty images to accompany the well-written text.

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The Pantheon: Design, Meaning & Progeny

The Pantheon: Design, Meaning & Progeny

By William L. MacDonald

The Pantheon in Rome is one of the grand architectural statements of all ages. This richly illustrated book isolates the reasons for its extraordinary impact on Western architecture, discussing the Pantheon as a building in its time but also as a building for all time.

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Lost Plantations of the South

Lost Plantations of the South

By Marc R. Matrana

The historic architecture of the south, especially domestic architecture, has not fared as well as some of its northern counterparts. Today, many of the grand houses of the south have been lost as a result of war, disaster, neglect or change in fashion. This book revives many of those great homes through photographs, diary entries, letters, architectural drawings, and other documents. Author Marc R. Matrana tells the story of 60 lost plantations of the south in this beautiful testament to southern architecture and argument for care and preservation.

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Timeless Cities: An Architect’s Reflections on Renaissance Italy

Timeless Cities: An Architect’s Reflections on Renaissance Italy

By David Mayernik

Over the course of a thousand years, the urban realm in Italy was the theater where the best civic aspirations were played out. The author reveals how Rome, Venice, Florence, Siena, and Pienza emerged from the cultural ideas of humanism that characterized Italian society from late antiquity to the eighteenth century. Taking the reader on a tour of these five cities he describes the cultural beliefs and ideas behind the buildings in the course of which he explains why these city-building ideas remain relevant today.

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Learning from Palladio

Learning from Palladio

By Branko Mitrovic

Even when Modernism dimmed interest in classical architecture, Palladio’s opus never ceased to attract attention. This book sets his work in context. It discusses the theory of the orders, proportions, spatial composition and facade design. This material is presented for practicing architects and students, so that the ideas can be applied in their architectural work today.

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Mediterranean Domestic Architecture in the United States

Mediterranean Domestic Architecture in the United States

By Rexford Newcomb (Marc Appleton editor)

American architecture has been influenced by Spanish and Italian motifs since the early days of the Republic. Spanish Colonial architecture, in particular, made its way into the southern reaches of the United States. Rexford Newcomb selected some of the finest American houses in this “Mediterranean” style to illustrate his 1928 survey which focuses on 77 estates and residences, and one hotel. Each building is illustrated by plan and photographs.

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Bearers of Meaning: The Classical Orders in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Bearers of Meaning: The Classical Orders in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

By John Onians

From their first appearance in ancient Greece through their codification in Renaissance Italy, the orders were made to serve expressive purposes, engaging the viewer in a continuing visual dialogue. Today, as classical fundamentals are being sought as a refuge from the disordered philosophies of the recent past, this book provides a welcome and lively illustrated account of the range of meanings that Western culture has assigned to the classical orders.

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The Four Books of Architecture

The Four Books of Architecture

By Andrea Palladio

As one of the first Neo-Classical architects, Andrea Palladio revived a style known only in the ruins of Rome. His treatise on architecture, Il Quattro Libri dell’ Architecttura, was first published in 1750 in Venice and set forth the new rules for architecture. This action and the eventual spread of this book throught the western world caused Palladio to become one of the most influential architects in the history of Classicism up till today.

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Empire Stylebook of Interior Design

Empire Stylebook of Interior Design

By Charles Percier and Pierre Fontaine

Charles Percier (1746-1838) and Pierre Fontaine (1762-1853), friends from their days as students, exhibit the Empire Style with seventy-two line drawings of interiors and notes. Largely a result of their invention and promotion, the Empire Style came to be the most popular style of design in France during the reign of Napoleon I, who commissioned work by the two designers. This book is the authoritative text on this subject. This new edition, reprinted from the rare 1812 version, includes a contemporary introduction statement, and an essay by the two architects.

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The Perfect House: A Journey with Renaissance Master Andrea Palladio

The Perfect House: A Journey with Renaissance Master Andrea Palladio

By Witold Rybczynski

One of the most original, accessible, and stimulating writers on architecture builds on some of his earlier publications to offer an appreciation of the residential work of Andrea Palladio. Professor Rybczynski, a member of the ICAA’s Council of Advisors, points out that much of the most persistent architectural symbolism associated with houses derives from Palladio’s villas. The book provides a detailed analysis, both historical and architectural, of ten of the 30 villas attributed to the architect.

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Home: A Short History of An Idea

Home: A Short History of An Idea

By Witold Rybczynski

In a loosely configured essay, Professor Rybczynski, a member of the ICAA’s Council of Advisors, discusses the idea of comfort and the Western cultural attitudes that have shaped it since the end of the middle ages. He reviews such cultural variables as intimacy and privacy, domesticity, ease, and ideas about light, air, and efficiency as they have changed over time. Rybczynski’s plea for the primacy of cultural ideals as a basis for creating psychologically comfortable homes is a refreshing counterpoint to the quasi-theoretical positions which diminish much architectural discourse today.

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The Dancing Column

The Dancing Column

By Joseph Rykwert

Ten years in the making, The Dancing Column is architectural historian Joseph Rykwert’s extremely thorough study of the system of the column and beam throughout Western architectural history, from ancient Egypt to the twentieth century. Central to the book is the theme that likens the column to the human body; an ancient idea that that has been explored before, but never so fully as presented here. Rykwert’s book is clearly written and garnered him the Alice Davis Hitchcock Award from the Society of Architectural Historians in 1998.

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Adam’s House In Paradise

Adam’s House In Paradise

By Joseph Rykwert

Architectural historian Joseph Rywkert examines the idea of the first structure, the hut, in this philosophical quest for meaning and understanding of what is considered a primitive form. Rywkert looks at and critiques opinions from various architectural thinkers from the past five centuries and synthesizes a book that reveals his own new theories on the hut – revealing it as a primordial space inhabited by both god and hero, divinely inspired but imperfect due to its creation by human hands, the idea of enclosure which is the essential meaning of all buildings in the human experience. Rywkert’s book is a fascinating read for various fields as it transcends the realms of architecture, philosophy, psychology, and sociology among others.

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The Classical Vernacular

The Classical Vernacular

By Roger Scruton

In his challenging essays on architecture, Scruton anatomizes the spatial imagination of the age by analysis and comparison. The essays explore the nature and meaning of architecture, defending architecture without architects, and the ‘vernacular tradition’, that ‘vulgar tongue’ which is the natural language of space, proportion and light. He provides a comprehensive critique of modernism from a serious intellectual perspective, and based on a philosophy of aesthetics.

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The Aesthetics of Architecture

The Aesthetics of Architecture

By Roger Scruton

British philosopher, Roger Scruton, establishes architecture’s distinguishing features that separate it from art for his aesthetic inquiry. Function, site specificity, architecture’s character as a public object, and its continuity with the decorative arts and the vernacular are examined in this insightful study.

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The Earth, The Temple and the Gods

The Earth, The Temple and the Gods

By Vincent Scully

Years of research and travel were devoted to this book. Scores of sites were restudied on the spot, including many lesser-known sanctuaries throughout the Hellenic world. The study includes reconstruction drawings, plans, and maps along with its richly illustrated, detailed discussions of major sites. This is the 1969 revised edition, in which Professor Scully expanded the text and enriched it with the fruit of new researches and writings

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Serlio on Domestic Architecture

Serlio on Domestic Architecture

By Sebastiano Serlio

Italian Mannerist architect Sebastiano Serlio (1475-1544) is known more for his publications and treatises on architecture than his buildings, only one of which remains in recognizable form today – the Chateau of Ancy-le-Franc built around 1546 in Burgandy. Serlio’s books continue to be printed and serve as a reference material for the design and construction of buildings in the style popular in Renaissance Europe. This, his sixth treaties on architecture, is unique in that it is the first book on domestic architecture, describing the ways farm houses, villas, pavilions, palaces, and other structures for living should be built. This preprinted edition includes 70 plates and 97 figures.

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The Five Books of Architecture

The Five Books of Architecture

By Sebastiano Serlio

The Five Books of Architecture is Sebastiano Serlio’s (1475-1554) treatise on the connection of classical architecture to Renaissance architecture. Through three hundred illustrations Serlio describes and relays the tenets of classical architecture, including geometry, proportion, perspective, and materials. Along with these general rules are descriptions of important classical structures such as St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheon, and the Coliseum. Serlio’s Five Books went on to influence the work of Dutch and English architects.

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The Architecture of Roman Temples: Republic to the Middle Empire

The Architecture of Roman Temples: Republic to the Middle Empire

By John Stamper

This book examines the development of Roman temple architecture from the sixth century BC to second century AD. John Stamper analyzes the temple’s formal qualities, the public spaces in which they were located and, most importantly, the authority of precedent in their designs. He also traces Rome’s temple architecture as it evolved over time accommodating changing political and religious contexts, and new stylistic influences.

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New York 1900: Metropolitan Architecture & Urbanism, 1890-1915

New York 1900: Metropolitan Architecture & Urbanism, 1890-1915

By Robert A. M. Stern, John Massengale, Gregory Gilmartin

This book is the second volume of a four-part work and is specifically devoted to the evolution of New York’s architecture and urbanism in the period around the turn of the century. Author Robert Stern, a member of the ICAA’s Council of Advisors, and his two co-authors analyze the cultural and economic forces that shaped and influenced some of New York City’s most important architectural works.

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New York 1930: Architecture and Urbanism Between the Two World Wars

New York 1930: Architecture and Urbanism Between the Two World Wars

By Robert A. M. Stern, Gregory Gilmartin

This highly acclaimed volume – the ultimate reference on this period – closely documents the alternately giddy and depressed decades between the two world wars when New York first transformed itself into a skyscraper city. Author Robert Stern, a member of the ICAA’s Council of Advisors, documents every important building of the era with vital background information and ample archival photographs.

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Form & Design in Classic Architecture

Form & Design in Classic Architecture

By Arthur Stratton

Through one hundred plates of paintings, photographs and line drawings of classical architecture, Form & Design in Classic Architecture explains the relationships of the classical style in a clear and simple way. The book would be helpful to architects and designers as well as people with a casual interest in classicism. It focuses heavily on British precedent, highlighting famous classical architects like Inigo Jones, the Adams Brothers, and Sir Christopher Wren.

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The Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building

By David Stravitz

New York City’s Chrysler Building remains one of the most spectacular and recognizable features of the city’s skyline. Author Stravitz here presents a visual record of the construction of the art deco masterpiece, as documented by stock photographers of the day, in more than 100 black-and-white images.

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Coming Home: The Southern Vernacular House

Coming Home: The Southern Vernacular House

By James Lowell Strickland of Historical Concepts with Susan Sully

For nearly thirty years, Historical Concepts has designed country houses, mountain retreats, and coastal cottages that “pay homage to the South’s deep sense of place.” Now, in Coming Home: The Southern Vernacular House, this award-winning firm’s talent for translating traditional architecture into inviting homes is showcased with a selection of timeless designs inspired by gracious Southern living.

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The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence, and the Eternal

The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence, and the Eternal

By Duncan Stroik

For centuries, sacred buildings used classical architecture to express the beauty and transcendence befitting their religious purpose. While sacred architecture was not immune to the 20th century shift to Modernism, today it is experiencing a classical revival. In this richly illustrated collection of essays, architect Duncan Stroik draws on contemporary and historic examples, as well as the writings of authors such as Vitruvius, Palladio, and ecclesiastical documents. This book explains how classical architecture is congruent with theology and why it is important to recover beauty, transcendence, and the sense of the eternal in contemporary architecture.

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Heavenly Mansions and Other Essays on Architecture

Heavenly Mansions and Other Essays on Architecture

By John Summerson

A classic of architectural history and theory, Heavenly Mansions interprets architecture as a reflection of the age in which it flowers. It traces the alternating themes of fantasy and functionalism as exemplified in various styles and in the works of a number of influential men, including Wren, Viollet-le-Duc, William Butterfield, and Le Corbusier. Succinctly summarizing 800 years of viewpoints about architecture, it ranges from Gothic architecture to the Renaissance to the influence of modern abstract art on twentieth-century architecture.

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The Architecture of the 18th Century

The Architecture of the 18th Century

By John Summerson

Architectural historian Sir John Summerson describes the rise of neoclassicism after 1750. Making the point that the transition from Baroque was marked by “a plurality of styles,” he provides a historical context for the changeover, examines town-planning and looks at individual buildings, museums, libraries, prisons, theaters and banks. The final chapter focuses on Washington, DC, which he judges to be the triumph of urban planning in 18th century America.

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The Classical Language of Architecture

The Classical Language of Architecture

By John Summerson

This book sets out as simply and vividly as possible the exact grammatical workings of the classical architectural language. Less concerned with its development in Greece and Rome than with its expansion and use in the centuries since the Renaissance, it explores the development of the tradition even up to modern times.

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Georgian Architectural Designs and Details

Georgian Architectural Designs and Details

By Abraham Swan

Abraham Swan (1720-1765), architect and writer, recorded the details of British Rococo architecture which later came to be known as Georgian architecture. The book, printed in 1757, was influential in the spread of Georgian Architecture in England and Colonial America. Georgian Architectural Designs and Details contains 125 illustrations of floor plans, elevations, and architectural details of homes and other buildings

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Creating a New Old House

Creating a New Old House

By Russell Versaci

Through hundreds of inspiring photographs and engaging text, the author describes what gives traditional homes their enduring appeal. Versaci, a member of the ICAA’s Council of Advisors, identifies Eight Pillars of Traditional Design that create a solid foundation for combining authentic, traditional design with livability to create homes that feel old yet live new. Featuring a vast array of new, old-house styles the book illustrate the creative work of architects, builders, and craftsmen who are forging the movement toward building new homes that capture an old-home sensibility.

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Morality & Architecture

Morality & Architecture

By David Watkin

In his groundbreaking book, David Watkin architectural historian of Cambridge University, critiques the method of architecture criticism. Published in a time when architecture critics, enamored with modernism, derided classicism as old-fashioned and irrelevant. Watkin chastises critics for their rapt consumption of the idea that modernist architecture of the moment was the pinnacle of architectural achievement and all else was not worthy. This train of thought was deemed immoral by Watkin, who in this book seeks to point out that architecture is a multifaceted and complex topic, and nothing can be deemed as simply right or wrong.

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The Eighteenth-Century Houses of Williamsburg

The Eighteenth-Century Houses of Williamsburg

By Marcus Whiffen

In this original book Mark Wilson Jones explores for the first time how the architects of ancient Rome approached design. Drawing on new archaeological discoveries and his own analyses of Roman monuments, the author discusses how the ancient architects dealt with the principles of architecture and the practicalities of construction as they engaged in the creative process.

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AIA Guide to New York City

AIA Guide to New York City

By Norval White and Elliot Willensky

The AIA’s Guide to New York City is a descriptive and interesting look at the city’s architecture. Composed of over 2000 photographs, 100 maps, and short entries, this useful guide is arranged geographically by borough, to facilitate a walking tour. An extensive index and glossary are included for reference.

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The Colonial Revival House

The Colonial Revival House

By Richard Guy Wilson

Marked by dignified symmetry, large column-supported porticoes, and Palladian windows, Colonial Revival architecture is found in virtually every city across the United States. This book features 40 of the finest examples of the Colonial Revival, illustrating its evolution, from its earliest sources, as well as its regional variations. Examples by many of America’s greatest domestic architects, including McKim, Mead & White and Robert A.M. Stern are documented in this survey.

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Architectural Principles in the Age of Humanism

Architectural Principles in the Age of Humanism

By Rudolph Wittkower

Focusing on the principal architects of that time – from Alberti to Palladio – this best-selling classic explains the true significance of certain architectural forms, bringing to light the connections between the architecture and culture of the period.

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