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