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Storming the Old Boys' Citadel

by Carla Blank & Tania Martin Baraka Books (December 15, 2014)

“Women” and “architecture” were once mutually exclusive terms. In an 1891 address, Louise Blanchard Bethune declared, “it is hardly safe to assert” that a connection even exists between the two words....


Barns, Sheds and Outbuildings: A Practical Guide

by Byron D. Halsted Dover Publications (December 21, 2012)

Earthy, barn-building theories of 1881 extend to dog- and bird-houses and are based upon principles that still shine brightly today: light and air, space, cost, beauty, and convenience. 257 illustrations.


The Metropolis of Tomorrow

by Hugh Ferriss Dover Publications (February 15, 2012)

The metropolis of the future — as perceived by architect Hugh Ferriss in 1929 — was both generous and prophetic in vision. This illustrated essay on the modern city and its future features 59 illustrations....


Small Houses of the Twenties: The Sears, Roebuck 1926 House Catalog

by Sears, Roebuck and Co. Dover Publications (April 13, 2012)

Excellent reproduction of rare catalog describes 86 different houses and bungalows in over 300 photographs, illustrations, and floor plans. Text provides complete descriptions.


Sears House Designs of the Thirties

by Sears, Roebuck and Co. Dover Publications (June 27, 2012)

68 Sears-designed homes display handsome exterior and interior views — with vestibules, breakfast alcoves, massive chimneys, unusual roof lines, and other attractive features. Over 200 black-and-white illustrations....


Pictorial Encyclopedia of Historic Architectural Plans, Details and Elements: With 1880 Line Drawings of Arches, Domes, Doorways, Facades, Gables, Win

by John Theodore Haneman Dover Publications (August 22, 2012)

Sourcebook of inspiration for architects, designers, others. 1880 line drawings on 70 plates. Bibliography. Captions.


Craftsman Bungalows: Designs from the Pacific Northwest

by Yoho & Merritt Dover Publications (February 15, 2012)

This reprint of a rare catalog, showcasing the charming simplicity and cozy style of Craftsman bungalows, is filled with photos of completed homes, plus floor plans and estimated costs. An indispensable resource...


Sears Modern Homes, 1913

by Sears, Roebuck and Co. Dover Publications (September 25, 2012)

Reproduced from a rare edition, this book features 112 designs for homes of "comfort and refinement," with external views, floor plans, and other details. 400 illustrations.


Universal Millwork Catalog, 1927: Over 500 Designs for Doors, Windows, Stairways, Cabinets and Other Woodwork

by Universal Catalog Bureau Dover Publications (March 13, 2012)

Featured items include French doors, windows and sashes, blinds, colonnades, window seats, and other interior and exterior elements. Captions. 326 black-and-white illustrations.


The American Vignola: A Guide to the Making of Classical Architecture

by William R. Ware Dover Publications (June 27, 2012)

This includes tables of the Classical Orders, measured drawings of monuments, and practical instruction on classical design. 304 illustrations.


Classic Houses of the Twenties

by Loizeaux Dover Publications (September 25, 2012)

Rare plan book published by Loizeaux building-supply and lumber companies of New Jersey in 1927. Illustrations and floor plans for 134 houses — Colonial, Gothic, Modern English, Italian, and other styles....


Tales of Two Cities: Paris, London and the Birth of the Modern City

by Jonathan Conlin Counterpoint (October 21, 2013)

Paris and London have long held a mutual fascination, and never more so than in the period 1750-1914, when they vied to be the world's greatest city. Each city has been the focus of many books, yet Jonathan...


Landmark Architecture of Palm Beach

by Barbara D. Hoffstot, Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach & Arthur P. Ziegler Jr. Lyons Press (February 01, 2019)

Palm Beach is a remarkably small town to be so famous; its population is only a little over 10,000. Nor is it an old town: the oldest extant building dates from about 1885, and the town itself was not incorporated...


Mysterious Builder of Seattle Landmarks

by Paula Pederson & Wiley Wendy VIE Communication (October 07, 2017)

(Indexed edition) After decades of believing her mother's tale that Danish immigrant

Hans Pederson left them penniless, author Paula Pederson uncovers

the truth abouther father's wealth and prolific contributions...


New York's Golden Age of Bridges

by Joan Marans Dim, Harold Holzer & Antonio Masi Empire State Editions (January 01, 2013)

In New York’s Golden Age of Bridges, artist Antonio Masi teams up with writer and New York City historian Joan Marans Dim to offer a multidimensional exploration of New York City’s nine major bridges, their...


The Empire State Building

by John Tauranac Cornell University Press (March 21, 2014)

The Empire State Building is the landmark book on one of the world’s most notable landmarks. Since its publication in 1995, John Tauranac’s book, focused on the inception and construction of the building,...


Barns of New York

by Cynthia G. Falk Cornell University Press

Barns of New York explores and celebrates the agricultural and architectural diversity of the Empire State-from Long Island to Lake Erie, the Southern Tier to the North Country-providing a unique compendium...


Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House

by Donald Hoffmann Dover Publications (October 14, 2011)

At the behest of oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, the twentieth century's greatest architect created one of his most imaginative and controversial residential designs. Built in Hollywood in 1920–21, Hollyhock...


Art Nouveau Architecture

by R. Beauclair & M. J. Gradl Dover Publications (October 03, 2016)

"These beautiful plates feature wonderful aspects of this revolutionary architecture including grand staircases, wrought iron balconies, ornate mantels, and intricate storefronts. Bright colours, floral and...


A Thousand Days in Berlin

by andy watson andy watson (March 01, 2017)

This book captures the energy and sense of wonder in early 1990s Berlin as seen by a young property professional who lived and worked in the reunified city. A Thousand Days recalls how the city's vibrant history...


This Millennium so Far | Children's Modern History

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

Let’s go down the memory lane to see and appreciate the changes that have transpired since the start of this millennium. You will find that this is a powerful read as it details the progress in societies,...


The 20th Century through Children's Eyes | Children's Modern History

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (February 15, 2017)

The 20th century pertains to the years from 1900 to 1999. It is a remarkable period because of the medical, social, international and technological innovations. But along with these, there were also genocides...


I Remember Sunnyside

by Mike Filey Dundurn (October 01, 1996)

This book captures the spirit of the best of times - a magical era that can be captured only in memory and photographs.


Hope in Hard Times

by Timothy Kelly, Margaret Power & Michael Cary Penn State University Press (June 01, 2016)

Of the many recipients of federal support during the Great Depression, the citizens of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, stand out as model reminders of the vital importance of New Deal programs. Hoping to transform their...


Gunnar Asplund's Gothenburg

by Nicholas Adams Penn State University Press (October 08, 2014)

In the west coast port city of Gothenburg, Sweden, the architect Gunnar Asplund built a modest extension to an old courthouse on the main square (1934–36). Judged today to be one of the finest works of modern...


Building the Golden Gate Bridge

by Harvey Schwartz University of Washington Press (November 30, 2015)

Moving beyond the familiar accounts of politics and the achievements of celebrity engineers and designers, Building the Golden Gate Bridge is the first book to primarily feature the voices of the workers themselves....


Riverdale: East of the Don

by Elizabeth Gillan Muir Dundurn (October 08, 2014)

A complete history of Toronto's Riverdale community, this book narrates the lives of early inhabitants, (reaching as far back as Simcoe's first settlement of the region), the construction boom of 1915, and the...


The Tube

by Oliver Green Bloomsbury Publishing (November 20, 2012)

From Norman Foster's remarkable station at Canary Wharf to the Yellow-brick vaults of Baker street to the Art Deco exuberance of Arnos Grove, London's tube stations are among its most distinctive and iconic...


Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects, Second Edition

by Jeffrey Karl Ochsner University of Washington Press (May 01, 2017)

The first edition of Shaping Seattle Architecture, published in 1994, introduced readers to Seattle�s architects by showcasing the work of those who were instrumental in creating the region�s built environment....


Covered Bridges

by Joseph D Conwill Bloomsbury Publishing (September 10, 2014)

Covered Bridges are historic pieces of American and Canadian rural history, gracing the countryside from Oregon to Tennessee and from California to New Brunswick and across Canada. In this lavishly illustrated...


The Atlantic Wall (3)

by Steven J. Zaloga & Adam Hook Bloomsbury Publishing (November 20, 2015)

This book completes the story of one of the most formidable defensive lines in Europe in World War II, looking at the lesser known Mediterranean extension and describing how it was conceived of, built and used....


The Problem of Space Travel

by Herman Potočnik Noordung Zavod Ksevt (December 22, 2010)

Herman Potocnik Noordung’s ‘Inhabitable Wheel’.

In 1929, an Austro-Hungarian - Slovene called Herman Potocnik published a book under the pseudonym of ‘Noordung’. The book was Das Problem der Befahrung...


The Whispering of the Willows

by Tonya Jewel Blessing, Sue Lockwood Summers & Kara Hokes Capture Books (February 02, 2016)

If you like the emotive movie, Nell, or the writing of Chris Fabry's Dogwood, (a Lifetime movie) you will love the 1920s' saga of Emerald Ashby coming of age. Set against the superstitions and old time religion...