ICAA Research Library
The ICAA is pleased to provide for the scholarly research of its affiliates with unrestricted access to its valuable collection of books focused on the classical tradition in art and architecture.
The ICAA library catalog is available to browse online.
If you are unsure of where to start your search, you may be interested in reading The Library of Classical Design, a compendium of foundational texts for the student, practitioner, and anyone interested in classical and traditional architecture as a contemporary discipline.
The collection includes materials in the following areas of research:
- Greek and Roman Architecture, as well as Renaissance, Colonial, Beaux-Arts, Postmodern, and Contemporary Traditional
- Architectural History and Treatises
- New York City Design History
- European Drawings and Paintings
The collection features limited copies of the following periodicals:
- American Arts Quarterly
- Classical America
- The Classicist
- Council Report
- Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
Additionally, the Library houses special collections donated by notable artists, architects, and scholars working within the classical tradition:
Henry Hope Reed Collection
Henry Hope Reed, Jr. (September 25, 1915 – May 1, 2013) was an American architecture critic, founding member of Classical America, and guiding force behind the renaissance of classical architecture in the United States. The ICAA houses approximately 350 books and exhibition catalogs from Mr. Reed’s personal collection, many of which were gifted and signed by the authors.
Taylor Harbison Collection
Taylor Harbison (1957- 2006) was an American artist who drew his inspiration from the Masters of the Italian Rinascimento and Barocco. In 2006, the Taylor Harbison estate bequeathed Mr. Harbison’s personal collection of books, monographs, and exhibition catalogs to the ICAA library.
The ICAA Library is a non-circulating research library.
The Library is open to the general public by appointment. Please contact [email protected] or call 212-730-9646 × 112 to schedule a visit.
The ICAA accepts donations of books, catalogs, and printed materials on a limited basis. Please contact [email protected] or call 212-730-9646 × 112 if you are interested in making a donation. The ICAA is grateful for your support.