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Basic Preservation Information Links


Introductory Preservation Links (General, Conservation, & Planning)

Historic Building Documentation and Research

History and Philosophy of Historic Preservation

Building Stylistics (1620-Present)


Advanced Preservation Information Links

Job Related Historic Preservation Sites and Resources


Stylistics--The Architectural Styles

American Buildings to 1800

19th Century American Architecture

20th Century American Architecture

General Styles Info

A Glossary of Building Styles is a site to start exploration for some definitions.

Perhaps like no other site, this lecture on American Architecture is the best site I have found on the styles of architecture.

Another good one is from Northern Arizona University (of all places).

This one is a bit hard to read - but has good info.

Buildings to 1800

Most of the really good sites on pre-1800 buildings are in outdoor museums. These include:

A good look at common houses of New England during the 1800's include these in Salem, MA. Another town in New England was New Bedford. This site is excellent in showing some photos of architectural details and descriptions of typical buildings. This town was also where Herman Melville lived for a time.

Another good look at common buildings include those along the Freedom Trail in Boston.

The Fairbanks House in Dedham, MA is the oldest house in the United States and gives the best look at a house from early settlements.

The second oldest may be the Wipple House, also known as "Home Sweet Home."

The first time historic preservation become important to people was because of one house, the house of George Washington, Mount Vernon. This site is well designed.

19th Century Buildings

This page on 19th and 20th Century Architects has lots of links.

A short tour of Vermont Architecture is really quite good for late 18th and 19th Century vernacular architecture. The photos are really nice.

A.W.N.Pugin was a significant architect during the early 19th century and was responsible for the development of the Gothic Revival.

An important building for the Gothic Revival style was Lyndhurst.

A paper on Gothic Revival is long and wordy, but could be useful for studies of 19th Century Architecture.

An important development in late 19th Century was the Skyscaper.  There is another with some good images here.

The most famous skyscraper is The Empire State Building.

Along with Skyscrapers, there were other developments during this time. One of the most unfortunate was the development of the tenements. This link will take you to the New York Tenement Museum, which is an excellent place to visit.

Jacob Riis wrote a book on the tenements called How the Other Half Lives. This book has been put into hypertext and has all the original pictures. It is a really depressing book but it is quite important as a tie in to the architecture of the urban landscape and the people of the time.

One important architect during the 19th century was H.H. Richardson. He is one of my favorite architects. He designed the County Courthouse in Pittsburgh.

Godey's Lady's Book is good for finding information on the 19th Century. 

The Historic House Architecture site is mostly Late 19th Century and Early 20th century architecture.

As the 19th century close an important development was the city beautiful movement. One place where plans were drawn up for a city beautiful was Washington D.C..

20th Century Architecture


The Art Deco Design Movement is a favorite of many students of historic preservation styles. It was the precursor to the international movement.

Another important development at this time was the Arts and Crafts Movement.

After these developments other modes started to grow. Perhaps the most important early 20th century architects was Frank Lloyd Wright, who developed the prairie style. Considered by many to be his most important building was Fallingwater built in Bear Run, PA (about an hour from my house!)

His mentor and dubbed the "father of American Architecture" was Louis Sullivan.

Two important architects of the 20th Century modernist movement were Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Lastly, I wanted to include a cool link to the greatest of all 20th century Architecture, the DINER and its affiliated roadside friends. Check out the Diner Museum!

Of course, I have started my own commercial vernacular site--Right over here!