Interesting Books

The more you learn about American architecture, history, society and material culture the more rewarding living or owning an historic building becomes.  Below are a few favorite books that are informative and good reads.  If you have any suggestions to add to the list, please let us know!


The American Home: Architecture and Society, 1815-1915 by David P. Handlin

Victorian America: Transformations in Everyday Life, 1876-1915 by Thomas Schlereth

American Architecture by David P. Handlin

The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones

Homes in the Heartland: Balloon Frame Farmhouses of the Upper Midwest by Fred Peterson 

The Reshaping of Everyday Life: 1790-1840 by Jack Larkin

Common places : readings in American vernacular architecture by Dell Upton