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Natural Virginia



Ben Greenberg

A century ago, legendary photographer Edward Curtis set about to capture the traditional world of Native Americans before that world vanished. Now, Ben Greenberg has done the same for the natural areas of Virginia. Devoted to preserving and celebrating Virginia’s diverse but sometimes threatened... More


Creole World

Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere


Richard Sexton

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French Baroque Music of New Orleans

Spiritual Songs from the Ursuline Convent (1736)


Edited by Alfred E. Lemmon

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Buildings of Vermont



Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson

Most picture Vermont with handsome barns overlooking rolling pastures, white country churches punctuating hillsides of blazing maples, and small villages clustered around gracious greens. While not inaccurate, this image does little justice to the architectural richness of a state that retains so... More


Pastiche, Fashion, and Galanterie in Chardin's Genre Subjects

Looking Smart


Paula Radisich

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Catching Sight

The World of the British Sporting Print


Mitchell Merling. With Malcolm Cormack and Corey Piper

This collection sheds new light on a common but often overlooked contribution of British art: the sporting print. Highly sought after during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, these prints endure today as vivid, direct, and even witty symbols of English culture. Catching Sight features more... More


The Cabinetmaker and the Carver

Boston Furniture from Private Collections


Gerald W. R. Ward

For centuries Boston has been one of the most important furniture-making centers in America. Soon after the town’s founding in 1630, Boston’s joiners and turners were the first craftsmen to make furniture in British North America, and the city’s cabinetmakers contributed to the art and craft of... More


Commemoration in America

Essays on Monuments, Memorialization, and Memory


Edited by David Gobel and Daves Rossell

Commemoration lies at the poetic, historiographic, and social heart of human community. It is how societies define themselves and is central to the institution of the city. Addressing the complex ways that monuments in the United States have been imagined, created, and perceived from the colonial... More


"The Most Segregated City in America"

City Planning and Civil Rights in Birmingham, 1920–1980


Charles E. Connerly

One of Planetizen’s Top Ten Books of 2006"But for Birmingham," Fred Shuttleworth recalled President John F. Kennedy saying in June 1963 when he invited black leaders to meet with him, "we would not be here today." Birmingham is well known for its civil rights history, particularly for the violent... More


Visuality for Architects

Architectural Creativity and Modern Theories of Perception and Imagination


Branko Mitrovic

What is more important in architectural works—their form, shape, and color, or the meanings and symbolism that can be associated with them? Can aesthetic judgments of architecture be independent of the stories one can tell about buildings? Do non-architects perceive buildings in the same way as do... More


One Shot

A Selection of Photographs by Reuben V. Burrell


Vanessa Thaxton-Ward

As one of the oldest historically black college campuses in America, Hampton University (formerly Hampton Institute) has hosted many of the most important African American intellectuals, statesmen, and artists of modern times. Witnessing it all has been Reuben Burrell, who has served as campus... More


In Death Lamented

The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry


Sarah Nehama. Foreword by Anne E. Bentley

In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry illustrates and explains prime examples of rings, bracelets, brooches, and other pieces of mourning jewelry from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. Like the exhibition at the Massachusetts Historical Society,... More


Buildings of Michigan



Kathryn Bishop Eckert

This revised edition of Buildings of Michigan (first published in 1993) presents the architecture of the Upper and Lower peninsulas of Michigan, which are surrounded by four of the Great Lakes. From the Greek, Gothic, Italianate, Queen Anne, and Richardsonian Romanesque structures of the nineteenth... More


Sustainable, Affordable, Prefab

The ecoMOD Project


John D. Quale

Sustainable Affordable Prefab combines architectural theory and practice in a beautifully illustrated account of ecoMOD, the innovative design/build program pioneered by John Quale. Unlike most manifestos of green design, Quale's book describes a collaborative process that has produced, to date,... More


Ernie K-Doe

The R&B Emperor of New Orleans


Ben Sandmel

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Essays in Early American Architectural History

A View from the Chesapeake


Carl R. Lounsbury

The essays in this collection represent the type of research that has reshaped our understanding of early American architecture over the past thirty years. Carl R. Lounsbury, three-time winner of the prestigious Abbott Lowell Cummings Award offered by the Vernacular Architecture Forum, traces the... More


Xu Bing

Tobacco Project, Duke/Shanghai/Virginia, 1999–2011


John B. Ravenal, Wu Hung, Lydia Liu, and Edward Melillo. Edited by Reiko Tomii

Born in Chongqing, China, in 1955, Xu Bing is considered one of the most important artists of his generation. Between 1977 and 1987, he studied and taught at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. He moved to the United States in 1990 and in 1999 received a MacArthur Fellowship, the celebrated... More


Florence

A Map of Perceptions


Andrea Ponsi

Many years have passed since architect Andrea Ponsi settled in Florence, and still he feels he does not fully comprehend this mysterious city. The way Florence eludes understanding, however, can be an opportunity--to keep seeking, to keep exploring. Ponsi’s Florence is endlessly suggestive. His... More


At Home with Apartheid

The Hidden Landscapes of Domestic Service in Johannesburg


Rebecca Ginsburg

Despite their peaceful, bucolic appearance, the tree-lined streets of South African suburbia were no refuge from the racial tensions and indignities of apartheid’s most repressive years. In At Home with Apartheid, Rebecca Ginsburg provides an intimate examination of the cultural landscapes of... More


Buildings of Hawaii



Don J. Hibbard

With elegance and authority, Buildings of Hawaii presents the architecture of the six major islands in the Hawaii chain. Don J. Hibbard delves into the development of the state’s distinct blending of the building traditions of the East and West within a subtropical island context. The first in-... More


Decorative Games

Ornament, Rhetoric, and Noble Culture in the Work of GillesMarie Oppenord (16721742)


Jean-François Bédard

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Buildings of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania


George E. Thomas. with Patricia Ricci, J. Bruce Thomas, Robert Janosov, Larry Newman, and Richard J. Webster

This latest volume in the Society of Architectural Historians’ Buildings of the United States series follows the Pennsylvania migration narrative in broad swathes: Philadelphia and its surrounding counties of the original Quaker settlement zone, the Piedmont and the German agricultural zone, the... More


A Noble Pursuit

English Silver from the Rita Gans Collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


Christopher Hartop. Preface by Ellenor Alcorn

In 1997 Rita Gans generously gave the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts an outstanding array of English silver from the collection she and her late husband, Jerome, had amassed over some thirty years. Thanks to the munificent gift in 2010 of more stunning silver collected by her during the past thirteen... More


Mirrors of Memory

Culture, Politics, and Time in Paris and Tokyo


James W. White

As society becomes more global, many see the world’s great cities as becoming increasingly similar. But while contemporary cultures do depend on and resemble each other in previously unimagined ways, homogenization is sometimes overestimated. In his compelling new book, James W. White considers how... More


The Food Axis

Cooking, Eating, and the Architecture of American Houses


Elizabeth Cromley

Blending architectural and social history with the necessity—and the passion—for food, this engaging new book attempts to understand the development of the American house by viewing it through one very specific lens: the food axis. Taking in far more than the kitchen, author Elizabeth Collins... More


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