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Architecture: Pattern Books

This guide presents resources on various aspects of architecture including history, theory, design and technology.

Primary Sources: Treatises and Design Compilations

Adam, Robert. Works in Architecture of Robert and James Adam. Reprinted by E.
Thezard Fils, 1900-02. (3 vols. in 2) Arents NA 997 .A4 A4 1900ff
Aladdin Homes. Catalog no. 32. Bay City, Michigan: The Aladdin Company, 1919.
NA 7127 .A42

The American Builder’s Companion. Originally published by R.P. & C. Williams, 1827; reprinted New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1969. NA 2610 .B4 1969

Anderson, L.O. Build Your Own Low-Cost Home; Complete Working Drawings and Specifications for Eleven Homes Suitable for Year-Round Vacation Use, with Step-By-Step Construction Information. New York: Dover Publications, [1972]. Architecture Reading Room TH 4815 .A5 1972

Asher Benjamin: A Reprint of The Country Builder’s Assistant, The Rudiments of Architecture, The American Builder’s Companion, The Practical House Carpenter, and Practice of Architecture. New York: The Architectural Book Publishing Company, 1917. NA 2160 .B5

Benjamin, Asher. American Builder’s Companion. Boston: Etheridge and Bliss, 1806. Arents 720.2 B468a

Bicknell, A.J. Bicknell’s Village Builder. New York: A.J. Bicknell & Co., Architectural Book Publishers, 1872. NA 2610 .B583

Bicknell, A.J., and William T. Comstock. Victorian Architecture: Two Pattern Books. reprinted Watkins Glen, New York: The American Life Foundation & Study Institute, 1976. NA 7207 .V52 1976

The Book of Little Houses. The Countryside Manuals. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1915. NA 7120 .B77 1914

Bullock, John. The American Cottage Builder. Philadelphia: Henry Carey Baird & Co., 1883. NA 7120 .B8 1883

Campbell, Colen. Vitruvius Britannicus. London: Cambell, 1715-71. Arents 720.942 C187v ff

Chambers, William. Treatise on Civil Architecture. London: J. Dixnell, 1768. Arents 720 C445ta ff 

City and Country Builder’s and Workman’s Treasury of Designs. London: S. Harding, 1756. Arents 720.2 L238c

Classic Modern Homes of the Thirties. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1989. NA 7208 .F6 1989

Cleaveland, Henry W. , William Backus and Samuel D. Backus. Village and Farm Cottages. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1856. NA 7207 .C6 1856


Coffee, Frank. The Complete Kit House Catalog. New York: Pocket Books, c.1979. Sci/Tech Lib. TH 4819 .P7 C63

Comstock, William Phillips. Bungalows, Camps and Mountain Houses. New York: The William T. Comstock Co., 1915. NA 7571 .C7 1915

Craftsman Houses: A Book for Home-Makers. New York: The Craftsman Publishing Company, 1913. NA 7571 .S7

Ford, James, and Katherine Morrow Ford. The Modern House in America. New York: Architectural Book Publishing Co., 1940. NA 7208 .F67 1940

Fowler, Orson S. The Octagon House: A Home For All. Originally published by Fowlers Wells as A Home For All, or the Gravel Wall and Octagon Mode of Building; reprinted New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1973. NA 7125 .F775 1973

Gardner, E.C. Homes, and How to Make Them. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1874. NA 7120 .G22 

Gibbs, James. A Book of Architecture. London: Gibbs, 1728. Arents ov. NA 2620 .G5 1728 ff

Goodnow, Ruby Ross, and Rayne Adams. The Honest House. New York: Century Co., 1914. NA 7120 .G6

Hobbs, Isaac H., and Son. Hobbs’s Architecture: Containing Designs and Ground Plans for Villas, Cottages, and Other Edifices, Both Suburban and Rural. Adapted to the United States. Originally published Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1873; facsimile printed in Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms International, 1979. NA 7127 .H66 1873a

Hodgson, Fred. T., arranged and ed. Practical Bungalows and Cottages for Town and Country. Chicago: Frederick J. Drake & Company, 1912. NA 7571 .H72 1912

Homes & Interiors of the 1920s. Originally published as Building With Assurance. Catalogue of Morgan Woodwork Organization, 1923; reprinted Ottawa: Lee Valley Tools, 1987. NA 7205 .H665 1987

How to Plan, Finance and Build Your Home. New Orleans: Published for the Southern Pine Association, New Orleans by the Architects’ Small House Service Bureau of Minnesota, Inc., 1920. NA 7127 .A67

Hubbell, Lucy Embury, ed., The Book of Little Houses. New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1927. NA 7130 .H85 1927

Keeler, Charles. The Simple Home. Originally published San Francisco: P. Elder, 1904; reprinted Santa Barbara: Peregrine Smith, Inc., 1979. NA 7120 .K3 1979

Keeley, Cecil J.H.  A Book of Bungalows and Modern Homes: A Series of Typical Designs and Plans. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1928. NA 7571 .K36

Jacques, D.H. The House: A Manual of Rural Architecture. New York: The American News Company, 1866. NA 7561 .J2 1866b

Jones, Inigo. Designs of Inigo Jones. London, 1727. Arents 720.942 J77j, ff

Kerr, Robert. A Gentleman’s House or How to Plan English Residences. London: John Murray, 1871. NA 7110 .K3 1871

Langley, Batty. Builder’s Jewel. Hadington: G. Miller, 1805. Arents 720.2 L856bja

Loizeaux, J.D. Classic Houses of the Twenties. Loizeaux’s Plan Book No. 7. Originally Published Plainfield, New Jersey: J.D. Loizeaux Lumber Company, 1927; reprinted New York: Dover Publications, Inc., and The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 1992. NA 7205 .J24 1992

The Model Architect. A Series of Original Designs for Cottages, Villas, Suburban Residences, etc. 2 vols. Originally published in Philadelphia: E.S. Jones & Co., 1852; reprinted New York: Da Capo Press, 1975. ov. NA 7207 .S6 1975 v.1 and v.2

More Craftsman Homes: Floor Plans and Illustrations for 78 Mission Style Dwellings. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1912 (reprinted 1982). NA 7208 .S75 1982

 Mosaic Tile Company. Floor Tile: Vitreous, Ceramic, Encaustic. Zanesville, Ohio: The Company, 1905. Arents NA 3705 .M8 1905

 Newsom, Samuel & Joseph. Picturesque California Homes; A Volume of Forty Plates Plans, Details and Specifications of Houses. Introduction by David Gebhard. Originally published in San Francisco: Samuel & Joseph C. Newsom, 1884; reprinted Los Angeles: Hennessey & Ingalls, Inc., 1978. NA 7235 .C2 N472 1978

Pain, William. The Carpenter’s Pocket Directory. Philadelphia: J.H. Dobelbower and J. Thackara, 1797. 720.2 P144c 

Palladio, Andrea. I quattro libri dell’architettura. Venetia: D. de’Franceschi, 1570. Arents NA 2515 .P25 1570f

Palliser’s Late Victorian Architecture: a Facsimilie of George & Charles Palliser’s Model Homes (1878) and American Cottage Homes (1878), as Republished in 1888 Under the Title American Architecture, and New Cottage Homes and Details (1887), With a new Introduction by Micahel A. Tomlin; reprinted Watkins Glen, NY: American Life Foundation, 1978. NA 7130 .P22 1978

Palliser’s New Cottage Homes and Details. New York: Da CapoPress, 1975. NA 7205 .P34 1975

Pollman, Richard B. Home Planners 166 Low and Medium Cost Homes. Detroit: Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp., 1971. NA 7571 .P642

Porter Homes. New Bedford, Mass.: Porter Lumber Co., 1925. NA 7205 .P67 1925

Practical House Carpenter. London: J. Taylor, 1799. Arents NA 2515 .P3 1799

Practice of Architecture. Boston: B.B. Mussey, 1836. Arents 720.2 B468pb

 Radford American Homes: 100 House Plans. Riverside, Ill.: The Radford Architectural Company, 1903. NA 7127 .R25

Ranlett, William H. The Architect, A Series of Original Designs, for Domestic and Ornamental Cottages and Villas, Connected with Landscape Gardening, Adapted to The United States. Vol. 1.  New York: Dewitt & Davenport, 1849; reprinted  New York: Da Capo Press, 1976. ov. NA 7205 .R36 1976 vol. 1

Saylor, Henry H. Bungalows. Philadelphia: The John C. Winston Company, 1911. NA 7571 .S2

Saylor, Henry H. ed., Distinctive Homes of Moderate Cost. New York: Robert M. McBride & Company, 1921. NA 7120 .S3 1921

Sears, Roebuck Home Builder’s Catalog: The Complete Illustrated 1910 Edition. Originally published Chicago: Sears, Roebuck and Co., 1910; reprinteded New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1990. NA 7205 .O87 1990

Shute, John. The First and Chief Groundes of Architecture. London: Country Life, 1912. Arents 720 S485a f

Sloan, Samuel. City and Suburban Architecture; Containing Numerous Designs and Details for Public Edifices, Private Residences, and Mercantile Buildings. Originally published in Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1859; reprinted New York: Da Capo Press, 1976. ov. NA 705 .S56 1976

Sloan’s Constructive Architecture: Guide to the Practical Builder and Mechanic. Originally published in Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1859; Facsimile reprinted Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms International, 1979. NA 2840 .S55 1859a

Soan, John. Designs in Architecture. Originally published in London: I. Taylor at The Bible and Crown, 1778 (reprinted 1968). NA 2620 .S65

Sooy, Louise Pinkney and Virginia Woodbridge. Plan Your Own Home. Stanford University, California: Stanford University Press, 1940. NA 7120 .S68

Stevens, John Calvin, and Albert Winslow Cobb. American Domestic Architecture: A Late Victorian Stylebook. Watkins Glen, New York: The American Life Foundation & Study Institute, 1978 NA 7127 .S8 1978

Stickley, Gustav. Craftsman Homes: Architecture and Furnishings of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1909 (reprinted 1979). NA 7110 .S85 1979

Sunset Western Ranch Houses. Originally published by Lane Publishing Company, 1946; reprinted Santa Monica: Hennessey+Ingalls, 1999. NA 7205 .S85 1999

Swan, Abraham. The British Architect. Originally published in London, 1758; reprinted New York: Da Capo, 1967. ov. NA 2517 .S9 1967

Vaux, Calvert. Villas and Cottages. New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1857. NA 7120 .V3 1857

Walter, Thomas U. and J. Jay Smith. Two Hundred Designs for Cottages and Villas. Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1846. NA 7130 .W3 1846a

Wills, Royal Barry. Better Houses for Budgeteers. New York: Architectural Book Publishing Co., Inc., 1946. NA 7127 .W617 1946

Wilson, Henry L. The Bungalow Book. Chicago: Henry L. Wilson, 1910. NA 7571 .W54 1910

Wise, Herbert C. and H. Ferdinand Beidleman. Colonial Architecture for Those About to Build. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1913. NA 707 .W5

Wooden and Brick Buildings with Details. New York: Da Capo Press, 1977. NA 4110 .B5 1977 v.1

Woodward, Geo. E., and Edward G. Thompson. Woodward’s National Architect. Originally published in New York: Geo. E. Woodward, 1869; reprinted Watkins Glen, New York: The American Life Foundation & Study Institute, 1977. NA 7205 .W66 1977

Wright, Richardson., ed., Low Cost Suburban Homes: A Book of Suggestions for the Man With the Moderate Purse. New York: Robert M. McBride & Company, 1916. NA 7120 .W7 1916

Secondary Sources

“An American Building Tradition: A History of the Planbook House.” Old-House Journal’s Historic House Plans. vol. 2, no. 1 (Spring 1996), pp. 8-10, 12, 14, [16]. Not at SU
Bock, Gordon. “Mail-Order Interiors.” Old-House Journal. vol. 17, no. 6 (November-December, 1989), pp. 38-39. NA 7100 .O4
Bonta, Juan Pablo. American Architects and Texts: A Computer-Aided Analysis of the Literature. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1996. NA 2540 .B58 1996
Cathers, David M. Stickley Style: Arts and Crafts Homes in the Craftsman Tradition. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999. NA 737 .S65 A4 1999
Crocker, Mary Wallace. "Asher Benjamin: The Influence of His Handbooks on Mississippi Buildings." Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. vol. 38, no. 3 (October 1979) pp. 266-70.
Culbertson, Margaret, comp.  American House Designs: An Index to Popular and Trade Periodicals, 1850-1915. Art Reference Collection, Number 19. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1994. FA Ref. NA 7207 .C85 1994
Di Valmarana, Mario, ed. Building By the Book, Palladian Studies in America I (vols. 1 and 2). Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1986. NA 730 .V8 B84 1984  vols. 1 and 2.
Draper, Joan E. American Dwellings in the 19th and 20th Centuries: A Bibliography. Council of Planning Libraries (CPL) Bibliography  no. 193 (May 1987). NA 7205 .D72 1987
Fuqua, Jonathon Scott. American Rowhouse:Classic Designs. Owings Mills, Maryland: Stemmer House Publishers, c.1997. NA 7520 .F870 1997
Garvin, James L. "Mail-Order House Plans and American Victorian Architecture" Winterthur Portfolio, vol. 16, no. 4 (Winter 1981), pp. [309] -334.
Grow, Lawrence. Classic Old House Plans: Three Centuries of American Domestic Architecture. Pittstown, New Jersey: The Main Street Press, 1984. NA 7205 .G768 1984
Guter, Robert P., and Janet W. Foster. Building By the Book: Pattern-Book Architecture In New Jersey. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1992. NA 7235 .N5 G87 1992
Massey, C. James, and Shirley Maxwell. “Colonial Revival or Victorian Survival?” Old- House Journal. vol. 22, no. 1 (January-February 1994), pp. 20, 22. NA 7100 .O4

More Classic Old House Plans: Authentic Designs for Colonial and Victorian Homes. Pittstown, New Jersey: The Main Street Press, 1986. NA 7205 .G769 1986 

"Pre-Cut Houses: 'Catalog Homes'." Old-House Journal, vol. 18, no. 6 (November-December, 1990), pp. 36-41.

McMordie, Michael. "Picturesque Pattern Books and Pre-Victorian Designers." Architectural History, vol. 18 (1975), pp. 45-59.

"Planbook Houses: Architecture By Mail." Old-House Journal, vol. 17, no. 6 (November-December, 1989), pp. 40-45.
Michie, Thomas S., and Christopher P. Monkhouse. "Pattern Books in the Redwood Library and Athenaeum, Newport, Rhode Island." Antiques, vol. 137, no. 1 (January 1990), pp. [286]-[299].
Moore, Charles W., Kathryn Smith, and Peter Becker, eds. Home Sweet Home. Exhibition catalogue. New York: Rizzoli, 1983. NA 7205 .H66 1983
Nimmons, George C. “The New Renaissance in Architecture, As Seen in the Design of Buildings for Mail Order Houses.” American Architect. vol. 134, no. 2550 (August 5, 1928), pp. 141-148.
Prendergast, Norma. The Sense of Home: Nineteenth-Century Domestic Architectural Reform.  Doctoral Thesis, Cornell University, 1981. Facsimile printed in Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms International, 1983. NA 7207 .P73 1981a
Reif, Daniel D. "Identifying Mail-Order & Catalog Houses." Old-House Journal, vol. 23, no. 5 (September-October 1995), pp. 30-37.
Schweitzer, Robert, and Michael W.R. Davis. America’s Favorite Homes: Mail-Order Catalogues as a Guide to Popular Early 20th Century Houses. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1990. NA 7205 .S36 1990
Smeins, Linda E. Building an American Identity: Pattern Book Homes and Communities, 1870-1900. Walnut Creek, California: AltaMira Press, 1999. NA 7571 .S54 1999
Smith, Mary Ann. Gustav Stickley: The Craftsman. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1983. N 6537 .S74 S6 1983
Stevenson, Katherine Cole, and H. Ward Jandl.  Houses By Mail: A Guide to Houses From Sears, Roebuck and Company. Washington, D.C.: The Preservation Press, 1986. TH 4819 .P7 S74 1986
Upton, Dell. "Pattern Books and Professionalism: Aspects of the Transformation of Domestic Architecture in America, 1800-1860." Winterthur Portfolio, vol. 19, no. 2-3 (Autumn 1984), pp. [107]-150.
Walsh, Michael. Tudor Houses.Farmington Hills, Michigan: Home Planners, c.1989. NA 7205 .W37 1989
Zimmer, Edward F. “Luther Briggs and the Picturesque Pattern Books.” Old-Time New England. vol. 67, no. 3-4 (Winter-Spring 1977), pp. 36-56.

Journals and Magazines

American Homes and Gardens
NA 7100 .A512

Carpentry and Building
ov. 694.05 C297

Custom Home
NA 7208 .C87

Scientific American ov.
NA 7100 .A5112

Trade Catalogues

Architectural Terra Cotta: Standard Construction. New York: National Terra Cotta Society, 1914. NA 4120 .N3 1914 

 Catalogue “D”: Carpenters’ Iron Work. Louisville, Kentucky: Snead & Bibb, 1894. NK 8299 .S67 
 General Catalogue of Jacobson & Co.  New York, 1920. Vols. 1 and 2. NA 3690 .J4
 Illustrated Catalogue of Period Ornaments Cast in Composition and Wood Fibre for Woodwork—Furniture . Chicago: The Decorators Supply Company, 1928 [?]. NA 3686 D4
 Late Victorian Architectural Details. Watkins Glen, New York: American Life Foundation Study Institute, 1978. NA 2840 .R22 1898a 
 McKinstry, E. Richard, comp. Trade Catalogues at Winterthur: A Guide to the Literature of Merchandising 1750-1980. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1984. Fine Arts Ref. HF 5861 .H45 1984 
Macartney, Mervyn. E. The Practical Exemplar of Architecture. Westminster: Proprietors of the Architectural Review Technical Journals, 1911. NA 2841 .M28 1911 vol. 1 
 Many Examples of the Use of Decorative Concrete Stone . New Haven, Connecticut: Economy Concrete Co., 1911. NA 3695 .E3 1911
 Nickel Silver in Architecture. New York: The International Nickel Company, Inc., 1935. NK 8380 .I5 1935 
 Onondaga Litholite Company. Onondaga Cut Cast Stone. Syracuse: Onondaga Litholite Company, c.1925 Arents NA 3686 .O58 C98 
The Ornaments of Architecture. Originally published London, 1674; Reprinted in Farnborough, Hants., England: Gregg Press Limited, 1967. NA 3310 .P72 1674aPhotographs and Sketches of Ornamental Iron and Bronze . Chicago: The Winslow Bros., 1901. NK 8299 .W74 1901
Pricke, Robert . Architects Store-House. Originally published London, 1674; Reprinted in Farnborough, Hants., England: Gregg Press Limited, 1967. NA 3310 .P7 1968
Sweet’s Indexed Catalogue of Building Construction . New York: Architectural Record Co., 1906. Fine Arts Ref. TH 455 .S8
Terra Cotta: Standard Construction . New York: National Terra Cotta Society, 1927. NA 4120 .N7 1927