Adler, Irving and Ruth. “Houses. New York: The John Day Co., 1964. A brief history of the house with illustrations and photographs.
Bergere, Thea and Richard. “From Stones to Skyscrapers: A Book About Architecture.” New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1960. Over 100 excellent drawings by artist Richard Bergere illustrate the history of architecture. Written simply and clearly. Yale’s Harkness Memorial is included in the book.
Brown, Elizabeth Mills. “NEW HAVEN: A Guide to Architecture and Urban Design.” New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1976. (See annotation under Brown in Teacher Bibliography.)
Devlin, Harry. “To Grandfather’s House We Go: A Roadside Tour of American Homes.” New York: Parents’ Magazine Press, 1970. Twenty-one styles of architecture are described and illustrated. Vocabulary is sophisticated; pictures are excellent.
Devlin, Harry. “What Kind of a House is That?” New York: Parents’ Magazine Press, 1969. Similar in format to the book above. Describes 22 houses and provides illustrations. Focuses on types of houses rather than styles.
Giblin, James Cross. “Let There Be Light: A Book About Windows.” New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1988. A history of windows from their invention to the present day. Well illustrated with photographs and prints.
Downer, Marion. “Roofs Over America.” New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co., Inc., 1967. Short, well-illustrated (with photographs and illustrations); covers roofs from Colonial days to the present.
Issacson, Philip M. “Round Buildings, Square Buildings, & Buildings That Wiggle Like a Fish.” New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. Begins with a brief look at the similarities and differences of the Taj Mahal, Chartres Cathedral, and the Parthenon. Explores the concept of beauty and harmony in architecture. Studies materials, color, light, function and design in a variety of architecture throughout the world.
Leacroft, Helen and Richard. “The Buildings of Ancient Greece.” New York: William R. Scott, Inc., 1966. A well illustrated, short introduction to Greek architecture.
Myller, Rolf. “From Idea Into House.” New York: Atheneum, 1974. A story of the Kummerfeld family’s process of getting a new house, from the idea of needing a house, through purchasing the property, to hiring an architect, and having the house completely built. Excellent illustrations of architectural plans (detail drawings with electrical, plumbing, and heating plans).
Paine, Roberta M. “Looking At Architecture.” New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co., 1974. An introduction to the world of architecture which examines many of the great architectural wonders of the world, from the pyramids of Egypt to modern day buildings. Has a useful “Glossary of Building Materials.”
Weiss, Harey. “Model Buildings & How to Make Them.” New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1979. Although model making is not part of this unit, some students may wish to pursue this activity. This book describes the basic kinds of building materials and tools needed, as well as demonstrating (through diagrams and photographs) methods for construction.