Stylistic Architecture in Fredericksburg

From the Central Rappahannock Regional Library

America's Forgotten Architecture by Tony P. Wrenn and Elizabeth D. Mulloy.
This book teaches how to look for architectural beauty in old buildings which may have been forgotten and whose loveliness deserves to be preserved. It features crisp black and white photos from across America. The authors explain early architectural styles and define preservation terms. Wonderful for browsing.

 

Americans at Home: Four Hundred Years of American Houses by Lee Pennock Huntington.
This children's selection tells how architectural styles have changed in America.

 

City of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Historic District Handbook prepared by Office of Planning & Community Development. (2003)
The rules and districts for city property preservation are laid out here. Includes maps.

 

Dictionary of Building Preservation edited by Ward Bucher.
Definitions to thousands of architectural terms that are helpful for both the professional and the layman. Includes architectural styles, finishes, structural systems, conservation treatments, and more.

 

A Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia and Lee McAlester.
A handy guide to distinguishing between architectural styles of homes across the United States.

 

Fredericksburg and Historic Fredericksburg: A Pictorial History, both by Ronald E. Shibley.
Fredericksburg (1977) has beautiful color photos of historic houses in the city. Historic Fredericksburg... uses both photos and text to tell the stories of some of the town's buildings, some still standing and some not.

 

Home Building and Woodworking in Colonial America by C. Keith Wilbur.
Tells how different styles of colonial buildings were constructed using hewn logs, hand tools, and wooden pegs. Many detailed illustrations of tools and methods of construction.

 

House Styles in America: The Old-house Journal Guide to the Architecture of American Homes by James C. Massey and Shirley Maxwell.
From early American to modern styles, this guide has directions for their identification, discovering their histories, and numerous photos. An excellent reference for sightseers.

 

Lot Histories in the Virginiana Room
The library has a collection of house histories on many historic properties in their vertical files. Please ask for assistance at the reference desk.

 

Old House, New House: A Child's Exploration of American Architectural Styles written by Michael Gaughenbaug and Herbert Camburn.
"As a family restores the large old house they have bought, they learn about its history and special features and about other types of houses, from San Francisco Victorians to Midwest farmhouses to New York brownstones."
A charming way to introduce children to architectural history.

 

Old-house Dictionary: An Illustrated Guide to American Domestic Architecture (1600-1940) written and illustrated by Steven J. Phillips.
"From a one-room cabin to a beaux-arts mansion, here is a concise and easily understandable architectural dictionary. Contains more than 450 illustrations, 1,500 terms, 750 definitions and 17 useful cross-references for anyone interested in American domestic architecture."

 

Web Sites

 

Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America
"The Gottscho-Schleisner Collection is comprised of over 29,000 images primarily of architectural subjects, including interiors and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic buildings, and other structures. Subjects are concentrated chiefly in the northeastern United States, especially the New York City area, and Florida."
From the Library of Congress' American Memory Collection.

 

Built in America: Historic Buildings Survey
"…comprising more than 350,000 measured drawings, large-format photographs, and written histories for more than 35,000 historic structures and sites dating from Pre-Columbian times to the twentieth century."
Also from the Library of Congress' American Memory Collection.

 

Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.
HFFI maintains files on many older properties, sponsors a historic marker program, publishes The Journal of Fredericksburg History, collects oral histories from long-time residents, and has fundraising events, including the annual Christmas Candlelight Tour, to support its rehabilitation efforts throughout the community.

 

Illustrated Architecture Dictionary
Photographs and definitions of many architectural features, such as cable molding, flying buttresses, and Palladian windows. Photos come from neighborhoods in Buffalo, New York.

 

The National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust continues to be a leader in the preservation field. Its Web site offers a directory of its regional programs, advice on rehabilitating an older home, a listing of registered historic sites, legal advocacy, historic tours, and an online version of their magazine, Preservation.

 

Realtor Magazine Online: Architecture Guide
"REALTOR® Magazine Online's architecture section features descriptions and detailed illustrations of emblematic styles. We've also included a handy reference on styles of home features, such as columns, dormers, roofs, and windows."

 

Sanborn Insurance Maps
From the latter half of the nineteenth century through the first half of the twentieth, the Sanborn Insurance Company made detailed maps of many American cities, including the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia. The Sanborn Insurance Maps clearly document the growth of Fredericksburg and the changes to the city's buildings with regard to their shape, expansion or demolition, as well as their use.

 

Styles in American Architecture
Descriptions and some photos of architectural trends from the 17th through the 20th centuries. Includes a basic timeline.

 

Walking and Driving Tours
Fredericksburg Area Tourism compiled these useful brochures for visitors that detail the following neighborhoods: Washington Avenue, Caroline Street, and Hanover Street.

This webliography accompanied the Lunch With History lecture "Stylistic Architecture of Fredericksburg," presented by Tony Wrenn, architectural historian, on October 20, 2004.