Course Materials – American Architecture and Materials

Reading List for “American Architecture and Materials: The Stuff of Dreams”

June-July 2021

Here are some books and on-line articles you may find interesting that are relevant to the general topic. Some relate specifically to each week’s discussion of American architecture and its materials.  There is no single book that tracks exactly what we’re covering, but here are some from this crowded field that I can recommend, accessible through the Morris County Library system.

General to scholarly coverage of American Architecture

Mark Gelernter. A History of American Architecture, Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1999.  NOT IN LOCAL LIBRARIES BUT WORTH SEEKING OUT

LeBlanc, Sydney. Architecture Traveler: A Guide to 250 Key 20th Century American Buildings.  

Morris County Library      720.9730904 LEB

Roth, Leland and Clark, Amanda Roth. American Architecture: A History. 2016 (2nd ed.)

Morris County Library 720.973 ROT

Stern, Robert:  American Architecture: Innovation & Tradition.

Madison Public Library   720 AME

Dell Upton. Architecture in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Morris County Library     728.08 UPT

Dell Upton, editor. Common Places: Readings in American Vernacular Architecture.

Morris County Library      720.973 COM

Week I – Masonry

Articles on early New Jersey brickmaking:  http://www.westjerseyhistory.org/articles/brickmaking/

Week II – Wood

Joan Berkey.  Early Architecture of Cape May County, New Jersey: The Heavy Timber Frame Legacy. Cape May Court House, NJ : Cape May County Historical and Genealogical Society, 2008.

Cummings, Abbott Lowell, The Framed Houses of Massachusetts Bay.

Morristown & Morris Township Library, non-circulating:   H728 CUM

Michael Gall, Richard F. Veit, and Robert W Craig.  Rich Man, Poor Man, Pioneer, Thief: Rethinking Earthfast Architecture in New Jersey. Historical Archaeology. v. 45, no. 4 (2011), p. 39-61.  

https://www.academia.edu/6728054/Rich_Man_Poor_Man_Pioneer_Thief_Rethinking_Earthfast_Architecture_in_New_Jersey

Week  III – Metal 

National Park Service publication on Metals in American Buildings:

Week IV –  Sand

H. Ward Jandl.  Yesterday’s Houses of Tomorrow.  The Preservation Press, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1991.

Week V – Synthetics

Carole Rifkind, Contemporary American Architecture. New York: Penguin Putnam, Inc., 1998.

Chatham & Chester Libraries, 720.93  RIF

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