Best of America’s Early Residential Architecture


Being an architect who remodels homes, I collect a large number of books about residential architecture. If you’re looking for good architectural books, you have no shortage of options!

The 1987 reprint of The White Pine Series of Architectural Monographs, edited by Russell F. Whitehead and Frank Chouteau Brown, has proven to be invaluable—over the years, I’ve learned what a smart purchase it was.

A 12-set volume published by The National Historical Society, it covers the best of America’s early residential architecture. The drawings are beautiful and frequently accompanied by photos. Numerous buildings were documented by the Historic American Buildings Survey (H.A.B.S.) staff, and the documentation has a level of detail seldom found in a book. For lovers of architectural history, I recommend the set—if you can find it.

Resource for Good Architecture Books

The American Institute of Architects, one of the best online resources for architecture, also has a list of bestselling books—a wonderful resource for books about residential architecture.

See the list of AIA bookstore bestsellers »

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