Great Books that Should Be in the Library of All Preservationists
Looking for books for the preservationist in your life? Or are you simply seeking to complete your office or personal library? With the holidays around the corner, we have put together a list of essential publications that should be in the library of anyone serious about historic preservation – and they also make great gifts!
The books listed below, which are all available through Powells.com (the largest independent bookstore in the US), will help you identify architectural styles and provide a comprehensive overview of policy and theories related to the preservation of the built environment. All books listed below, as well as hundreds of other great books, are also available on our “Preservation Bookstore” on PreservationDirectory.com.
IDENTIFYING ARCHITECTURAL STYLES:
- A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America’s Domestic Architecture by Virginia Savage McAlester
- The Abrams Guide to American House Styles by William Morgan
- What Style Is It?: A Guide to American Architecture by John C. Poppeliers, Nancy B. Schwartz (Contributor), S. Allen Chambers (Contributor)
- American House Styles: A Concise Guide by John Milnes Baker
- A Field Guide to Contemporary American Architecture by Carole Rifkind
- Native American Architecture by Peter Nabokov
- A History of American Architecture: Buildings in Their Cultural and Technological Context by Mark Gelernter
- Architecture and Interior Design Through the 18th Century: An Integrated History by Buie Harwood and Bridget May and Curt Sherman
- Architecture and Interior Design from the 19th Century, Volume 2: An Integrated History by Buie Harwood
- Early American Architecture: From the First Colonial Settlements to the National Period by Hugh Morrison
- Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practices (2nd Edition) by Norman Tyler
- Historic Preservation and the Livable City by Eric Allison and Lauren Peters
- Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America by William J. Murtagh
- The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation by Steven Semes
- The Politics of Historic Districts: A Primer for Grassroots Preservation by William Edgar Schmickle
- Historic Preservation for a Living City: Historic Charleston Foundation, 1947-1997 (Historic Charleston Foundation) by Robert R. Weyeneth
- Federal Historic Preservation Laws: The Official Compilation of U. S. Cultural Heritage Statutes by National Conference Of State Historic Preservation Offices
- Historic Preservation: Project Planning & Estimating by Swanke Hayden Connell Architects
Check out the Preservation Bookstore on PreservationDirectory.com, as there are hundreds of additional publications in a wide-range of topics related to historic and cultural resource preservation. Topics include: Architectural History & Design; Architectural Tours; Building Restoration; Cultural Landscapes; Downtown & Main Street Revitalization; Historic Preservation Funding & Grants, General Resources, Laws & Policy; Historic Real Estate; Identifying Architectural Styles; Museum Management; National Park Service History; Researching House History; and Roadside Attractions.
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