Where the Information Comes From

Listed below are the dominant references for the architectural information presented within these pages. I will add to this list as I find and reference more materials.  I highly recommend any of these sources for further study and enlightenment. Most if not all are available at regional book stores and/or on line. My interpretations of style names, information, and historical periods mentioned on these web pages are based on a variety of sources, primarily the ones below, in addition to two decades of personal learning and coursework. 

The book I tend to recommend most for a detailed overview is McAlester and McAlester’s A Field Guide To American Houses. Two other, more recent books are equally impressive in detail and scope, however, and are highly recommended: American Houses: A Field Guide to the Architecture of the Home, and The Elements of Style. Two additional, more recent guides provide wonderful overviews of both American and European architecture dating back to the Greeks and Romans, namely Cragoe’s How to Read Buildings (2008), and Architecture: A Spotter’s Guide (2010). These books alone will arguably serve the equivalent of introductory college courses on the subject! 


  • Calloway, Stephen (ed). 2005. The Elements of Style: An Encyclopedia of Domestic Architectural Detail. Buffalo: Firefly Books, Inc.
  • Carley, Rachel. 1994. The Visual Dictionary of American Domestic Architecture. New York: Henry Holt and Co.
  • Cragoe, Carol. 2008. How to Read Buildings: A crash course in architectural styles. New York: Rizzoli.
  • Cunliffe, Hunt, and Loussier (eds.). 2010. Architecture: A Spotter’s Guide. New York: Metro Books.
  • Fischer, David. 1989. Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Foster, Gerald. 2004. American Houses: A Field Guide to the Architecture of the Home. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.
  • Francaviglia, Richard. 1996. Main Street Revisited. University of Iowa Press.
  • Freeman, Ron. 1997. Savannah: People, Places & Events. Published by Ron Freeman.
  • Jakle, John, et. al. 1989. Common Houses in America’s Small Towns. University of Georgia Press.
  • Lancaster, C. 1985. The American Bungalow, 1880-1930. New York: Abbeville Press.
  • Liebs, Chester. 1995. Main Street to Miracle Mile. The John Hopkins University Press.
  • Lewis, Peirce. 1990. The Northeast and the making of American geographical habits. In The Making of the American Landscape, edited by Michael Conzen. pp. 80-103.
  • Longstreth, Richard. 2000. The Buildings of Main Street: A Guide to American Commercial Architecture. AltaMira Press.
  • McAlester, V. and Lee McAlester. 1984. A Field Guide to American Houses. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
  • Paradis, Thomas (ed.). 2008. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Homes Through American History. Greenwood Publishing.
  • Paradis, Thomas. 2011. America’s National Historic Landmarks (forthcoming). London: Anness Publishing.
  • Poppeliers, John C., et. al. What Style Is It? National Trust for Historic Preservation: The Preservation Press.
  • Roth, Leland. 1979. A Concise History of American Architecture. Harper and Row, Publishers.
  • Schulze, F., and Harrington, K. (eds.) 1993. (Fourth Edition) Chicago’s Famous Buildings. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Tyler, Norman. 2000. Historic Preservation. W.W.Norton & Co., Inc.
  • Wilson, Chris. 1997. The Myth of Santa Fe: Creating a Modern, Regional Tradition. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.

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