Buildings of the United States

Buildings of the United States

A richly illustrated series documenting architecture in America


Buildings of SavannahForthcoming Volume: Buildings of Savannah
Robin B. Williams, with David Gobel, Patrick Haughey, Daves Rossell, and Karl Schuler

Cloth and Paper │ 376 pp. │ 4 1/2 x 8 │ $75.00 (cloth) and $34.95 (paper) │ ISBNs 978-0-8139-3752-6 (cloth) and 978-0-8139-3744-1 (paper) │ Fall 2015

While Savannah's famous urban plan is rightly renowned in many studies of urban history, what brings streams of tourists and architects to the city, and daily engages residents with its fascinating history, are not abstract principles of urban planning but a compelling fabric of buildings interacting with and shaping their built or natural settings. Buildings of Savannah, the first city guide from the Society of Architectural Historians' Buildings of the United States series, is a comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date guide to that dynamic built environment. Featuring over 350 buildings, landscapes, monuments, squares, and parks, enhanced and enlivened by 175 photographs and 21 maps, this book draws on new scholarship to document the city's familiar landmarks while it surveys the impressive range of Savannah's architecture in the city and beyond, including such fundamental but often-overlooked aspects as industrial and suburban architecture, midcentury modernism, and African American buildings and neighborhoods. Investigating broadly from the Riverfront to Tybee Island and from James Oglethorpe's six original wards to the Central of Georgia Railroad complex and beyond--including such well-known sites as the Mercer Williams House (celebrated for its role in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (who founded the Girl Scouts of America), Fort Pulaski, and Wormsloe Plantation—Buildings of Savannah is an essential resource for all those who wish to know, understand, and preserve the architectural fabric of this unique and intriguing place.

Robin B. Williams is chair of the Department of Architectural History at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where his coauthors—professors David Gobel, Patrick Haughey, Daves Rossell, and Karl Schuler—are members of the faculty.
  

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Charles E. Peterson Fellowship of the Buildings of the United States and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

In a joint program with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, SAH offers an annual fellowship that supports the participation of a graduate student in the research and writing for a volume in the Buildings of the United States (BUS) series and/or SAH Archipedia. The fellowship was established in 2008 in honor of Charles E. Peterson, FAIA, founder of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS). The recipient researches some aspect of American architecture prior to 1860. For more information, visit sah.org/research-fellowships.


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. Nineteen 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.

More than $4.5 million has been raised for the project to date. 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, you may make a donation online.

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
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