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Historic Preservation: Background Information

This guide will assist you in finding materials in the field of historic preservation.

The books below provide a broad overview on the field of historic preservation.  The print resources will also help identify building styles and give proper nomenclature for their various elements. 

Dictionaries & Other Reference Tools

Encyclopedia of the vernacular architecture of the world / edited by Paul Oliver

     Fine Arts Library - Reference NA 208 .E33 1997 v.1-v.3


A field guide to American houses / by Virginia and Lee McAlester; with drawings by Lauren Jarrett, and model house drawings by Juan Rodriguez-Arnaiz

     Fine Arts Library NA 7205 .M35 2013


Illustrated dictionary of architectural preservation: restoration, renovation, rehabilitation, reuse / Ernest Burden

      Fine Arts Library NA 105 .B87 2003


An illustrated glossary of early southern architecture and landscape / Carl R. Lounsbury, editor; with editorial assistance by Vanessa E. Patrick; prepared at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

      Fine Arts Library  NA 727 .I44 1999


The interiors handbook for historic buildings / edited by Charles E. Fisher, III ...[et al.]

      Fine Arts Library  NA 2850 .I580 1988


Old house dictionary: an illustrated guide to American domestic architecture, 1600-1940 / written and illustrated by Steven J. Phillips

      Fine Arts Library NA 7205 .P48 1989


The visual dictionary of American domestic architecture / by Rachel Carley; illustrations by Ray Skibinski and Ed Lam

      Fine Arts Library NA 7205 .C27 1994

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