Buildings of the United States

BUS-Covers-Dec2016

A richly illustrated series documenting architecture in America

 
Buildings of the United States is an award-winning series of books on American architecture compiled and written on a state-by-state basis. The primary objective of the series is to identify and celebrate the rich cultural, economic, and geographical diversity of the United States as it is reflected in the architecture of each state. The series is commissioned by the Society of Architectural Historians and published by University of Virginia Press.

View all published Buildings of the United States volumes here


FORTHCOMING VOLUME


Buildings of Arkansas
Cyrus Sutherland. With Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore, and Jeannie M. Whayne 

Cloth | 400 pp. | 7 x 10 | $85.00 | ISBN 9780813939780 | Feb 2018

Buildings of ArkansasFrom Fayetteville, Little Rock, and Hot Springs to Jonesboro, El Dorado, Arkadelphia, Texarkana, and scores of places in between, the latest volume in the Buildings of the United States series provides the most comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date guide to the architecture of Arkansas. The result of a lifetime's research and fieldwork by the esteemed historian and preservationist Cyrus A. Sutherland, this book captures the range and richness of the state's buildings and landscapes, whose stories can prove as fascinating and gripping as a novel's plotline. Read More


NOW AVAILABLE


Buildings of Wisconsin

Marsha Weisiger and Contributors
  

Cloth │ 592 pp. │ 7 x 10 │ 300 b&w photographs, 32 maps │ $85.00 │ ISBN 978-0-8139-3872-1 │ Feb 2017

Weisiger_Front_cover_webFrom Milwaukee to Madison, Racine to Eau Claire, La Crosse to Sheboygan, and scores of places in between, tradition and progressivism have shaped Wisconsin's architectural landscape. This latest volume in the Society of Architectural Historians' Buildings of the United States series showcases noteworthy and representative sites across the state's six major regions and seventy-two counties. More than 750 entries canvass the entire Midwestern mosaic, including Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces, the extraordinary Basilica of St. Josaphat, Yerkes Observatory, Old World Wisconsin, the quirky Wisconsin Concrete Park and Dickeyville Grotto, Aldo Leopold's "shack," grand theaters, breweries, lighthouses, Northwoods retreats, octagon houses, round barns, and much more. Read More


PETERSON FELLOWSHIP


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 BUS 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
Driehaus_SH_Horizontal_RGB_275_100
SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
Society of Architectural Historians
1365 N. Astor Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
312.573.1365
Copyright - (c) 2012