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