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Supplementary Manual for Nominations to State and National Register of Historic Places

Book List

A short list of books about Historic Architecture

While some of the books listed below are older titles, they remain classic sources for information on regional and national architecture.

Architectural Style Guides

Blumenson, John. Identifying American Architecture. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1990, rev. ed.

Harns, Cyril. American Architecture: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1998.

McAlester, Virginia and Lee McAlester. A Field Guide to American Houses. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1985.

Whiffen, Marcus. American Architecture Since 1780: A Guide to the Styles. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1992.

Regional Architecture of the Midwest

Brooks, H. Allen. The Prairie School: Frank Lloyd Wright ad His Midwest Contemporaries. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2006, rev. ed.

Garner, John S., ed. The Midwest in American Architecture. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1991.

Landscape Research. Built in Milwaukee: An Architectural View of the City. Milwaukee, WI: City of Milwaukee, 1981.

Larson, Paul Clifford and Susan M. Brown. The Spirit of H.H. Richardson on the Midland Prairies: Regional Transformation of an Architectural Style. Ames, IA: Iowa State University press, 1988.

Noble, Allen G. and Hubert G.H. Wilhelm, eds. Barns of the Midwest. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1995.

Perrin, Richard W.E. The Architecture of Wisconsin. Madison, WI: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1967.

Perrin, Richard W.E. Historic Wisconsin Buildings: A Survey in Pioneer Architecture 1835-1870. Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee Public Museum, 1981.

Visser, Kristin. Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School in Southern Wisconsin: An Architectural Touring Guide. Madison, WI: Prairie Oak Press, 1992.

Zimmerman, H. Russell. The Heritage Guidebook: Landmarks and Historical Sites in Southeastern Wisconsin. Milwaukee, WI: H.W. Schwartz, 1989.

General Books on American Architecture

Andrews, Wayne. Architecture, Ambition and Americans. New York: Free Press, 1979, rev. ed.

Bradley, Betsy Hunter. The Works: The Industrial Architecture of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Fitch, James Marston. American Building: The Historical Forces That Shaped It. New York: Shoken Books, 1973.

Fitch, James Marston. American Building: The Environmental Forces That Shaped It. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989, rev. ed.

Gowans, Alan. The Comfortable House: North American Suburban Architecture 1890-1930. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, c 1986.

Pierson, William and William Jordy. American Buildings and Their Architects, Volumes I-IV. New York: Oxford University Press.

Rifkind, Carole. A Field Guide to American Architecture. New York: Random House, 1987.

Rifkind, Carole. A Field Guide to Contemporary American Architecture. New York: Dutton, 1998.

Roth, Leland. A Concise History of American Architecture. New York: Harper and Row, c. 1980.


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