Buildings of the United States

Buildings of the United States

A richly illustrated series documenting architecture in America

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest

Forthcoming Summer 2014

Anne Carter Lee and Contributors

Cloth · 520 pp. · 7 x 10 · ISBN 978-0-8139-3565-2  
$75.00 · July 2014

Virginia is as much a state of mind as a set of geographical boundaries. Its western terrain encompasses dramatically beautiful mountaintops and scrubby lowlands, luxuriantly rich terrain, and rocky, almost untillable land. The green forests, rich loam, red clay, and sandy soil attracted waves of immigrants, newcomers almost as varied as the landscape. They came first to explore and trade and then to work, often to overwork, the land. The result in architecture is one of conservatism and rebellion, a region supremely proud of its history and, all too often, neglectful of its preservation.

This second of two volumes devoted to the Old Dominion encompasses five regions (Shenandoah Valley, Allegheny Highlands, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest Virginia), comprising 55 counties and 20 of the state's independent cities. More than 1,250 building entries document the commonwealth's history from prehistory to early settlement, through the Civil War, Reconstruction, Massive Resistance, and the civil rights movement, to the present day, surveying a range of building types and styles from log cabins to tobacco plantation houses (including the birthplaces of Booker T. Washington and Confederate general Jubal Early, set in close proximity in Franklin County, and the homes of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee in Lexington). The text, enhanced and enlivened by 300 photographs and 32 maps, canvasses everything from Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest and Woodrow Wilson's Presidential Library to Roanoke's Taubman Museum of Art and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley to Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, highlighting along the way Virginia's contributions to literature (Willa Cather to the Waltons), music (the Carter Family and Ralph Stanley), cuisine (apple orchards, turkey farms, and whiskey distilleries), and tourism (Luray Caverns to Natural Bridge).

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About the Buildings of the United States Series


Until SAH published its first BUS volume in 1993, the United States had been one of the few countries in the developed world without a comprehensive series of publications addressing its national architectural heritage. Taking its cue from Buildings of England by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, Buildings of the United States (BUS) has begun to fill this void by documenting, state-by-state, the infinite variety and history of American architecture from pre-settlement days to the present.

Developed under the auspices of the Society of Architectural Historians, BUS eventually will encompass 60 volumes, each of which will be written by leading local and national scholars in the field and heavily illustrated with photographs and maps. A 12-member Editorial Committee drawing from institutions of higher learning from across the country as well as the National Park Service, the Library of Congress, and the Historic Resources Committee of the American Institute of Architects oversees the project. 

The first ten volumes in the series were published by Oxford University Press. In October 2006, the Society signed a new publishing contract with the University of Virginia Press, which has published all subsequent volumes.

Sixteen volumes have been published since 1993. The first four books in the series received the R. R. Hawkins Award presented by the Association of American Publishers, and the International Book Award from the American Institute of Architects for guidebooks. Buildings of Colorado received the Western Mountain Region AIA Award of Distinction. Buildings of Louisiana received the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year award in 2004.

Sales in hardcover and paperback editions are over 40,000.

Celebrating both high-style and vernacular architecture, every volume includes the full range of structures — from government edifices and grand private residences to gas stations and granaries — that are deemed important, especially representative of a particular style or type of building, or of other historical or architectural interest.

Intended as a resource for architectural historians, preservationists, and other professionals in the field, BUS volumes are also written to serve as comprehensive guides for the touring and general public, for use in elementary and secondary school classrooms, and for reference by community planners.

To date, more than $4.5 million has been raised for the project. Early and continuing support has come from the National Endowment for the Humanities, matched by the private sector, including the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Getty Foundation, the late Paul Mellon, Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, and Laurance Rockefeller to name a few.

If you are interested in supporting the Buildings of the United States series, please follow the link below.

BUS Editorial Committee


Karen Kingsley
         
Editor in Chief and Managing Editor, Buildings of the United States
Professor Emerita, Tulane University

Samuel D. Albert           
Associate Editor, Buildings of the United States
Fashion Institute of Technology

Gabrielle Esperdy    
Associate Editor, Buildings of the United States
Associate Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Jeffrey E. Klee 
Associate Editor, Buildings of the United States
Architectural Historian, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Julie Nicoletta 
Associate Editor, Buildings of the United States
Professor, University of Washington Tacoma 

James A. Jacobs
Assistant Editor, Buildings of the United States
HABS and National Historic Landmarks Program, National Park Service

Lisa Pfueller Davidson 
Historian, HABS/HAER/HALS Division 
Heritage Documentation Programs, National Park Service

Belmont Freeman
Principal, Belmont Freeman Architects

C. Ford Peatross
Curator of Architecture, Design and Engineering Collections, Library of Congress

Damie Stillman
Professor Emeritus, University of Delaware

Kenneth Breisch (ex-officio)
President, Society of Architectural Historians
Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, University of Southern California

Pauline Saliga (ex-officio)
Executive Director, Society of Architectural Historians