In the first installment of our summer series, Curbed’s architecture critic re-reads A Field Guide to American Houses Here at last: the fully expanded, updated, and freshly designed second edition of the most comprehensive and widely acclaimed guide to domestic architecture--in print since its publication in 1984, and acknowledged everywhere as the unmatched, essential reference to American houses. About A Field Guide to American Houses (Revised). However, there are better examples of Architectural Field Guides. Its a good Guide and if this is your fist Field Guide, you will be very happy with it. Virginia McAlester is the most popular architecture writer in America . A Field Guide to American Houses (Revised): The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America's Domestic Architecture [McAlester, Virginia Savage] on Amazon.com.
For this line drawing style of Field Guide, I would recommend Lester Walker's "American Home" and "The Visual Dictionary to American Architecture." While other architectural field guides show only façades, this book includes floor plans, showing how the form of a house arises from its function. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. American Houses is a historical guide to the architecture of the American home.

For the house lover and the curious tourist, for the house buyer and the weekend stroller, for neighborhood preservation groups and for all who want to know more about their community — here, at last, is a book that makes it both easy and pleasurable to identify the various styles and periods of American domestic architecture. A Field Guide to American Houses (Revised): The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America's Domestic Architecture