Buildings of the United States

Buildings of the United States

A richly illustrated series documenting architecture in America


Forthcoming Volume

Buildings of North Dakota
Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay

Cloth │ 272 pp. │ 7 x 10 │ ISBN 978-0-8139-3640-6
$65.00 │ May 2015 

Buildings of North DakotaFor many people outside the state, North Dakota conjures visions of a remote, sparse, and seemingly inhospitable landscape, replete with ghost towns, scattered farmsteads, and settings reminiscent of the movie Fargo. Yet beyond this facile image lies a spectacular array of high-style, vernacular, ethnic, and modern buildings, a pragmatic architecture that reflects the setting and settlers of the Great Plains. A distinct "prairie mosaic" of houses, homesteads, and rural churches draws on the cultures of Germans from Russia, Norwegians, and Icelanders, and varied Native American groups such as the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara. North Dakota's architectural heritage is complemented by more contemporary work dating from Progressive-era boom times and the New Deal to the present. This volume, with more than 400 entries illustrated by 250 photographs and 17 maps, provides the first comprehensive overview of the state, from Pembina and Walhalla to the Badlands. This richly diverse heritage includes earthlodges and Eastern Orthodox churches, powwow grounds and campmeeting grounds, and varied settings from the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site to the International Peace Garden. The cast of characters is equally compelling, among them Sakakawea, Lewis and Clark, the Marquis de Mores, Theodore Roosevelt, Lawrence Welk, Peggy Lee, and regional and international architects working in a range of styles and traditions, from Marcel Breuer to Surrounded-by-Enemy.

Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay are Associate Professors of Architecture at North Dakota State University. Since coming to North Dakota in 1967 and 1971, respectively, they have explored the state's architectural heritage with curiosity and fascination. Each has published nationally on a range of regional subjects and historical issues, and through their research they remain vigorously engaged with interpreting the state's architecture for local audiences.

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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.

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.

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, 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