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Resources for Architectural History

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Featured Resource:  Book

Fallen glory : the lives and deaths of history's greatest buildings by James Crawford.
In the Library: 
NA209 .C73 2017
Uncovering the biographies of some of the most fascinating lost and ruined buildings, an engaging compendium of 21 structures from around the globe, including The Tower of Babel, The Bastille, the Berlin Wall and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, 'Fallen Glory' is a unique guide to a world of vanished architecture.

General Information

In addition to specific resources for your program, the Library provides general resources that are helpful for your electives. Resources include library materials, featuring books, ebooks, journals, and/or media in your elective that are listed in the Library Catalog; and Web resources, featuring recommended Web resources  selected and annotated by NEIT's Reference Librarians. 

These resources are intended to be a starting point only and are not a comprehensive guide to all the resources available.  Always be sure to Ask a Librarian.


Works on architectural history are found in NA190-NA1614 (listed in the Library Catalog under the subject heading Architecture--History). This includes ancient architecture in NA210-NA340 (Architecture, Ancient); Medieval architecture in NA350-NA489 (Architecture, Medieval); and Modern architecture (since 1500) in NA500-NA689 (Architecture, Modern). General works on Architecture are found in NA2500-NA2540, this includes comprehensive works on architecture, and works on the theory and philosophy of architecture.

For more titles, search the Library Catalog using the subject terms listed above in bold.

♦  100 contemporary architects = 100 zeitgenössische architekten = 100 architectes contemporains / Philip Jodidio Vols. 1 & 2. [6/16]
NA680 .J567 2008
♦  Architecture and ornament : an illustrated dictionary
by Margaret Maliszewski-Pickart.
Ref. NA2840 .M36 1998
“For architects, historians, preservationists, students or homeowners, this richly illustrated two-part dictionary makes it easy to identify a specific architectural detail even if you have no idea what the technical term for it is. Unlike traditional dictionaries that require you to know the name of the term before you look it up, this work allows you to visually identify a particular building element in a series of illustrations.” [6/16]
♦  Contemporary architects / editor, Muriel Emanuel ; advisers, Francois Chaslin
... [et al.]. 3rd ed.
Ref. NA680 .C625 1994
A huge reference book (over 1,000 pages) of architects and their works from the 1960’s onward. Arranged alphabetically with pictures and a helpful index of major public buildings. [6/16]
♦  Encyclopedia of architectural and engineering feats / Donald Langmead and Christine Garnaut.
Ref. NA200 .L32 2001  
♦  Sir Banister Fletcher's a history of architecture  20th ed. /
edited by Dan Cruickshank.
Ref. NA200 .F63 1996
This book places buildings in their social, cultural and historical settings to describe the main patterns of architectural development, from Prehistoric to the International Style. Again in the words of Sir Banister Fletcher, this book shows that 'Architecture ... provides a key to the habits, thoughts and aspirations of the people, and without a knowledge of this art the history of any period lacks that human interest with which it should be invested.'
♦  What style is it?: A guide to American architecture / by John C. Poppeliers, S. Allen Chambers, Jr. ; Historic American Buildings Survey. Rev. ed.
Ref. NA705 .P6 2003
Architectural style is defined as a definite type of architecture, distinguished by special characteristics of structure and ornament. This short reference provides examples of how pure styles vary by geographic region across the U.S.  Original edition available in the Circulating Collection. [6/16]
♦  A world history of architecture /
Marian Moffett, Michael Fazio, Lawrence Wodehouse.
Ref. NA200 .M575 2004


Search EBSCO's Full Text Finder for Journal Titles, or by subject or simple keyword.
Suggested titles
below listed as (e-journals or electronic journals) can be located in the subscription service, EBSCO's Full Text Finder.

  Architectural Histories (online 2013-present)
Provides research into all aspects of architecture and the built environment, including, historical, historiographic, theoretical, and critical contributions. [12/16]
  Studies in History and Theory of Architecture (online 2013-present [12/16]


Listed are selected media titles pertinent to your elective:
The great buildings collection [electronic resource] / by Kevin Matthews.
Media (CD-ROM) NA202 .M28 1999
An architectural image library of over 750 historic buildings, represented by photographs, drawings, video, textual commentary, and interactive 3-dimensional models.  (Also available online -- see below.)

Web Resources

Listed are selected web resources pertinent to your elective:

  Asian Historical Architecture
"over 26,000 photos of 1,063 sites in twenty-one countries, with background information and virtual tours." [7/17]
  Gottscho-Schleisner Collection
"...comprised of over 29,000 images primarily of architectural subjects, including interiors and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic buildings, and other structures. Subjects are concentrated chiefly in the northeastern United States, especially the New York City area, and Florida. Included are the homes of notable Americans, such as Raymond Loewy, and of several U.S. presidents, as well as color images of the 1939-40 New York World's Fair. Many of the photographs were commissioned by architects, designers, owners and architectural publications, and document important achievements in American 20th-century architecture and interior design." Library of Congress. [7/17]
  Great Buildings Collection
"This gateway to architecture around the world and across history documents a thousand buildings and hundreds of leading architects, selected over ten years by the editors of ArchitectureWeek, with photographic images and architectural drawings, integrated maps and timelines, 3D building models, commentaries, bibliographies, web links, and more, for famous designers and structures of all kinds. " [8/16 ]
  Historic American Buildings Survey
Drawings, photographs and written histories about 10's of thousands of historic structures.  Includes Historic American Engineering Record and Historic American Landscapes Survey. Library of Congress.  [7/17]
  National Register of Historic Places
From the National Park Service:  "The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation." [5/17]
  UNESCO World Heritage Centre
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972. Lists both cultural and natural heritage sites. [8/16]
♦  U. S. Green Building Council
LEEDs informaton, much more. LEED = Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. [8/17]

Last updated 201707/AP