Buildings of the United States

Buildings of the United States

A richly illustrated series documenting architecture in the U.S.

Buildings of the United States (BUS) is an award-winning series of books on architecture in the U.S. 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.

SAH Archipedia, an authoritative online encyclopedia of the U.S. built environment organized by SAH and the University of Virginia Press, includes histories and thematic essays from all of the published BUS print volumes as well as additional peer-reviewed, born-digital content. This digital, open-access counterpart to the BUS series contains histories, photographs, and maps for over 20,000 structures and places and continues to grow, with plans to expand to include global content in the coming years.   


Buildings of Texas BUS

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West
Gerald Moorhead, with James W. Steely, Willis C. Winters, Mark Gunderson, Jay C. Henry, and Joel Warren Barna

Cloth | 608 pp. | 7 x 10 | $85.00 | ISBN 9780813942346 | July 2019  

From Paris to Odessa, Goodnight to Marfa to Langtry, and scores of places in between, the second of two towering volumes assembled by Gerald Moorhead and a team of dedicated authors offers readers a definitive guide to the architecture of the Lone Star State. Canvassing Spanish and Mexican buildings in the south and southwest and the influence of Anglo- and African American styles in the east and north, and covering the cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland, and El Paso, the latest book in the Buildings of the United States series serves both as an accessible architectural and cultural history and a practical guide.

More than 1,000 building entries survey the most important and representative examples of forts, courthouses, houses, churches, commercial buildings, and works by internationally renowned artists and architects, from the Kimbell Art Museum’s Louis Kahn Building to Donald Judd’s art installations at La Mansana de Chinati/The Block. Brief essays highlight such topics as the history and construction of federal forts, the growth and spread of Harvey House restaurants, and the birth of Conrad Hilton’s hotel empire. Enlivened by 352 illustrations and 45 maps, Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West affords local and out-of-state visitors, as well as more distant readers, a compelling journey filled with countless discoveries.

About the Authors

Gerald Moorhead, FAIA, is an award-wining Houston architect, former contributing editor to Architectural Record and Texas Architect, documentary photographer for HABS/HAER and three editions of the Houston Architecture Guide, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Architect Laureate of Kazakhstan.

James W. Steely, a sixth-generation Texan from Paris in Lamar County, is a consulting historian/architectural historian based in Denver, Colorado, and the author of Parks for Texas: Enduring Landscapes of the New Deal.

Willis C. Winters, FAIA, Director of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, has written extensively for Texas Architect magazine since 1988 and was the principal writer for the AIA Guide to Dallas Architecture as well as several books on the city’s architecture and architects.

Mark Gunderson, AIA, an architect practicing in Fort Worth, has written for Texas Architect, Cite, and Competitions as well as introductory essays for the books Dallas Modern and Thirty Houses 1960–2012: Selected Residential Work of Architect Frank D. Welch. 

Jay C. Henry was Professor of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington, and the author of the seminal Architecture in Texas, 18951945.

Joel Warren Barna, Director of Philanthropy, South Central Region, at National Wildlife Federation, and editor of Texas Architect from 1985 to 1995 as well as a correspondent for Progressive Architecture, has published articles in Cite, Architecture, and other architectural journals; his 1992 book, The See-Through Years: Creation and Destruction in Texas Architecture and Real Estate, 1981–1991, was named “architecture book of the year” in the New York Times and won the AIA Excellence Award for publishing.


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


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.


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

Mari Nakahara
Curator of Architecture, Design, and Engineering, Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Damie Stillman

Professor Emeritus, University of Delaware

Victoria M. Young
President, Society of Architectural Historians
Professor and Chair of Art History, University of St. Thomas

Pauline Saliga
Executive Director, Society of Architectural Historians

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
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