Buildings of the United States

Buildings of the United States
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.   
 

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Buildings of MississippiBuildings of Mississippi
Jennifer V. O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio, with Mary Warren Miller
Hardcover | 416 pp. | 5 x 9.675 | $65.00 | ISBN 9780813944241 | 2021  

As Eudora Welty observed, “One place understood helps us know all places better.” Nowhere is this more apropos than in her home state of Mississippi. Although accounts of its architecture have long conjured visions of white-columned antebellum mansions, its towns, buildings, and landscapes are ultimately far more complex, engaging, and challenging. This guidebook surveys a range of such locations, from Native American mounds and villages to plantation outbuildings that bear witness to the lives of enslaved African Americans, from twentieth-century enclaves built for sawmill workers and oil tycoons to neighborhoods that bolstered black Mississippians during segregation, and from the vernacular streetscapes of small towns to modern architecture in Greenville, Meridian, Jackson, and Biloxi. In the pages of this latest volume in the celebrated Buildings of the United States series, newly redesigned in a more user-friendly format, readers will come to know the history of close to 600 sites, illustrated by 250 photographs (most in full color) and 29 maps, including such wide-ranging places as Longwood and the Museum of African American History and Culture in Natchez, Vicksburg National Military Park, Winterville Mounds, the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, the Neshoba County Jail and Courthouse, the University of Mississippi and William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak in Oxford, and the homes of Medgar and Myrlie Evers and Eudora Welty in Jackson.

Jennifer V. O. Baughn is Chief Architectural Historian at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the author of numerous articles on the state’s historic buildings. Michael W. Fazio was Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Mississippi State University and coauthor of The Domestic Architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe and Buildings across Time: An Introduction to World Architecture. Mary Warren Miller is Executive Director Emeritus of the Historic Natchez Foundation and coauthor of The Great Houses of Natchez.

 


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. 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.

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SAH Archipedia/BUS Editorial Advisory Committee


Gabrielle Esperdy, SAH Archipedia/BUS Editor in Chief, New Jersey Institute of Technology (Chair)
Samuel Albert, BUS Associate Editor, Fashion Institute of Technology
Lisa Pfueller Davidson, National Park Service 
Jeffrey E. Klee, Classical American Homes Preservation Trust
Catherine Erkkila, SAH Archipedia/BUS Managing Editor
Belmont Freeman, Belmont Freeman Architects
Mari Nakahara, Library of Congress
Julie Nicoletta, BUS Associate Editor, University of Washington Tacoma
Damie Stillman, University of Delaware
Carolyn Garrett, SAH Director of Development
Pauline Saliga, SAH Executive Director
Victoria Young, SAH President, University of St. Thomas
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