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Architecture: Pattern Books

Books and other resources added to the Syracuse University Library collections

Primary Sources: Treatises and Design Compilations

Trade Catalogues

Journals and Magazines

Secondary Sources- Books

Secondary Sources- Journal Articles

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

Massey, James C; Shirley Maxwell. Colonial Revival or Victorian Survival; The Old-house journal. May/June 2024. 


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.


Garvin, James L. "Mail-Order House Plans and American Victorian Architecture" Winterthur Portfolio, vol. 16, no. 4 (Winter 1981), pp. [309] -334.


"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].


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.


Reif, Daniel D. "Identifying Mail-Order & Catalog Houses." Old-House Journal, vol. 23, no. 5 (September-October 1995), pp. 30-37.


Smeins, Linda E. Building an American Identity: Pattern Book Homes and Communities, 1870-1900. Walnut Creek, California: AltaMira Press, 1999. NA 7571 .S54 1999.


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.


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.