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Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum

Vernacular Architecture Forum

Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum
Editors: Anna Vemer Andrzejewski and Cynthia Falk
The leading source for scholarly work on vernacular architecture in North America and beyond

Buildings & Landscapes examines the built world that most people experience every day—houses and cities, farmsteads and alleys, churches and courthouses, subdivisions and shopping malls. Strongly based on fieldwork and archival research that views buildings as windows into human life and culture, articles are written by historians, preservationists, architects, cultural and urban geographers, cultural anthropologists, and others involved with the documentation, analysis, and interpretation of the built world.

Formerly titled Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture, Buildings & Landscapes is published twice a year.

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  • Volume 22 - Issue 1 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 22 - Issue 1

    A Note from the Editors by Marta Gutman and Cynthia G. Falk
    Letter to the Editors
    American Railways and the Cultural Landscape of Immigration by Catherine Boland Erkkila
    Schools for the Colored by Wendel A. White
    Pedestrian Modern: Shopping and American Architecture, 1925-1956 by David Smiley. Review by Erica Allen-Kim
    The Gateway Arch: A Biography by Tracy Campbell. Review by Adam Blahut
    The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City by Eric Avila. Review by Llana Barber
    Covert Capital: Landscapes of Denial and the Making of U.S. Empire in the Suburbs of Northern Virginia by Andrew Friedman. Review by Chris Capozzola
    Rethinking the American City: An International Dialogue edited by Miles Orvell and Klaus Benesch. Review by Matthew Gordon Lasner
    Spatial History Project at Stanford University. Review By William S. Walker
    Object Lesson
    James Anderson Blacksmith Shop, 1986-2011: An Appreciation by Jeffrey E. Klee
    “Brickmaker + Farmer” Damariscotta River Brick Making in the Nineteenth Century and the Traces of Maine’s Agro-Industrial Past by Jørgen G. Cleemann
    Research Notes:
    The Public Image of Dairying in the Late Twentieth Century: A Primary Source Trail by Sally McMurray
    Building a Market: The Rise of the Home Improvement Industry, 1914-1960 by Richard Harris. Review by Chad Randl
  • Volume 21 - Issue 2 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 21 - Issue 2

    Buildings as Cultural Narratives: Interpreting African American Lifeways in a Montana Gold Mining Camp by Kingston Wm. Heath
    Exile on the Commercial Strip: Vietnam War Memorials in Little Saigon and the Politics of Commemoration by Erica S. Allen-Kim
    “Look Who’s Designing Kitchens”: Personalization, Gender, and Design Authority in the Postwar Remodeled Kitchen by Chad Randl
    Reediting the Architectural Past: A Comparison of Surviving Physical and Documentary Evidence on Maryland’s Eastern Shore by Orlando Ridout V
    Crafting Lives: African American Artisans in New Bern, North Carolina, 1770–1900 by Catherine W. Bishir. Review by Ellen Weiss
    The Springfield Gas Machine: Illuminating Industry and Leisure, 1860s–1920s by Donald W. Linebaugh. Review by Lucy B. Wayne
    The Land Was Ours: African American Beaches from Jim Crow to the Sunbelt South by Andrew Kahrl. Review by Jeff Wiltse
    Postcards from the Rio Bravo Border: Picturing the Place, Placing the Picture, 1900s–1950s by Daniel D. Arreo. Review by Mark C. Childs
    Tokyo Vernacular: Common Spaces, Local Histories, Found Objects by Jordan Sand. Review by Chester H. Liebs
    Research Notes
    The Trials and Tribulations of Mapping Colonial Newport by Catherine W. Zipf
    Jonathan Fisher of Blue Hill, Maine: Commerce, Culture, and Community on the Eastern Frontier by Kevin D. Murphy. Review by Liam Riordan
  • Volume 20 - Issue 2 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 20 - Issue 2

    Editors’ Introduction by Marta Gutman and Cynthia G. Falk
    Orlando Ridout V, October 13, 1953 – April 6, 2013 by Edward Chappell
    “Leap and Shout Ye Living Building”: Ritual Performance and Architectural Collaboration in Early Shaker Meetinghouses by Arthur E. McLendon
    “And Will You There a City Build”: The Moravian Congregation Town and the Creation of Salem, North Carolina by Christopher E. Hendricks
    Mapping the Slave Trade in Richmond and New Orleans by Maurie D. McInnis
    Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities by Carl Nightingale. Review by Nancy Haekyung Kwak
    Living Over the Store: Architecture and Local Urban Life by Howard Davis. Review by Richard Longstreth
    In the Watches of the Night: Life in the Nocturnal City, 1820-1930 by Peter C. Baldwin. Review by Eric J. Morser
    High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century by Matthew Gordon Lasner. Review by Ann Durkin Keating
    Insuring the City: The Prudential Center and the Postwar Urban Landscape by Elihu Rubin. Review by James Michael Buckley
    Self-Construction, Vernacular Materials, and Democracy Building: Los Bestias, Lima, 1984–1987 by Dorota Biczel
    The Impact of Sanitation Reform on the Farm Landscape in U.S. Dairying, 1890-1950 by Sally McMurry
    Research Notes
    Place in the Institutional Setting: Patient Constructed Buildings on the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center Campus by Sara Witty
    The Masons of Djenné by Trevor H. J. Marchand. Review by Mark Dike DeLancey
  • Volume 20 - Issue 1 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 20 - Issue 1

    Editors’ Introduction
    “Dreams of Oriental Romance”: Reinventing Chinatown in 1930s Los Angeles
    Athens or Anarchy? Soapbox Oratory and the Early Twentieth-Century American City
    Building Autonomy: A History of the Fifteenth Ward Hall of the Mormon Women's Relief Society
    The Dunbar High School Dilemma: Architecture, Power, and the Struggle for African American Cultural Heritage
    Sweet Cane: The Architecture of the Sugar Works of East Florida by Lucy B. Wayne
    Robert R. Taylor and Tuskegee: An African American Architect Designs for Booker T. Washington by Ellen Weiss
    Corn Palaces and Butter Queens: A History of Crop Art and Dairy Sculpture by Pamela H. Simpson
    Saving Wright: The Freeman House and the Preservation of Meaning, Materials, and Modernity by Jeffrey M. Chusid
    The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn: Gentrification and the Search for Authenticity in Postwar New York by Suleiman Osman
    Pastoral Capitalism: A History of Suburban Corporate Landscapes by Louise A. Mozingo
    Latino Vernaculars and the Emerging National Landscape
    Research Notes
    George Thompson Garrison’s Shelter Tent
    Meetinghouses of Early New England by Peter Benes
  • Volume 19 - Issue 2 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 19 - Issue 2

    Editors’ Introduction
    Barabara G. Carson, 1941–2011: An Appreciation
    Letter to the Editors
    Mainstream and Marginal: Situating the American Roadside Photographs of John Margolies
    The Danforth Chapel Program on the Public American Campus
    A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith: Anglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia by Lauren F. Winner
    The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011: An exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York
    A Joint Enterprise: Indian Elites and the Making of British Bombay by Preeti Chopra
    Black Rock: A Zuni Cultural Landscape and the Meaning of Place by William A. Dodge
    Fallout Shelter: Designing for Civil Defense in the Cold War by David Monteyne
    At Home with Apartheid: The Hidden Landscape of Domestic Service in Johannesburg by Rebecca Ginsburg
    Place, Race, and Story: Essays on the Past and Future of Historic Preservation by Ned Kaufman
    When Tourism is History: Travel and the Construction of the Past in Cooperstown, New York
    Reunified, Rebuilt, Enlarged, or Rehabilitated: Deciphering Friends’ Complex Attitudes toward their Meeting Houses
    The Plazas of New Mexico by Chris Wilson and Stefanos Polyzoides, editors; Miguel Gandert, contemporary photography; José Zelaya, documentary drawings editor
  • Volume 19 - Issue 1 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 19 - Issue 1

    Editors’ Introduction
    Pamela H. Simpson, 1946-2011: An Appreciation
    Letter to the Editors
    Frank Lloyd Wright in the Kitchen
    A Modern School Plant: Rural Consolidated Schools in Mississippi, 1910-1955
    Getting the American Dream for Themselves: Postwar Modern Subdivisions for African Americans in Raleigh, North Carolina
    From Shit to Food: Graham Caine’s Eco-House in South London, 1972-1975
    Two Carpenters: Architecture and Building in Early New England, 1799-1859 by J. Ritchie
    Cabin, Quarter, Plantation: Architecture and Landscapes of North American Slavery, edited by Clifton Ellis and Rebecca Ginsburg
    Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory by Jonathan Zimmerman
    Empire, Architecture, and the City: French-Ottoman Encounters, 1830-1914 by Zeynep Çelik
    Women and the Everyday City: Public Space in San Francisco, 1890-1915 by Jessica Ellen Sewell
    The Food Axis: Cooking, Eating, and the Architecture of American Houses by Elizabeth Collins Cromley
    Smeltertown: Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community by Monica Perales
    American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture by Alice T. Friedman
    Fieldwork, 2001
    Monumental Tomb Architecture and the Medieval Swahili Coast
    Buildings, Landscapes, and Memory: Case Studies in Historic Preservation by Daniel Bluestone
  • Volume 18 - Issue 2 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 18 - Issue 2

    Viewpoint: Building Stories: Narrative Prospects for Vernacular Architecture Studies by Ryan K. Smith
    Introducing the Bathroom: Space and Change in Working-Class Houses by Alison K. Hoagland
    The Floating Dwellings of Chong Kneas, Cambodia by Tijen Roshko
    The New Urban Dining Room: Sidewalk Cafes in Postindustrial Philadelphia by Stephen E. Nepa
    Violence and the Vernacular: Conflict, Commemoration and Rebuilding in the Urban Context by Sara McDowell and Catherine Switzer
    Built from Below: British Architecture and the Vernacular, Peter Guillery editor. Review by Carl Lounsbury
    The Jeffersons at Shadwell by Susan Kern. Review by Barbara J. Heath
    The Great Valley Road of Virginia: Shenandoah Landscapes from Prehistory to the Present, Warren R. Hofstra and Karl Raitz, editors. Review by John Hankey
    Washed with Sun: Landscape and the Making of White South Africa by Jeremy Foster. Review by Rebecca Ginsburg
    Melodramatic Landscapes: Urban Parks in the Nineteenth Century by Heath Massey Schenker. Review by Eliza Earle Ferguson
    The Once and Future New York: Historic Preservation and the Modern City by Randall Mason. Review by Carla Yanni
    Killing for Coal: America’s Deadliest Labor War by Thomas G. Andrews. Review by Alison K. Hoagland
    Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs by Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson. Review by Jason Alexander Hayter
    Census of Places that Matter by The Place Matters Project of City Lore and the Municipal Art Society. Review by Mike Christenson
    The Making of the American Landscape, Michael P. Conzen editor. Review by Chris Wilson
  • Volume 18 - Issue 1 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 18 - Issue 1

    “From the Unknown to the Known”: Transitions in the Architectural Vernacular
    The Fabric of New York City’s Garment District: Architecture and Development in an Urban Cultural Landscape
    Ga-ne-tli-yv-s-di (Change) in the Cherokee Nation: The Vann and Ridge Houses of Northwest Georgia
    Cultivating Citizens: The Children’s School Farm in New York City, 1902-1931
    The Architecture of Madness: Insane Asylums in the United States by Carla Yanni
    From Cameroon to Paris: Mousgoum Architecture in and out of Africa by Steven Nelson
    Pride in Modesty: Modernist Architecture and the Vernacular Tradition in Italy by Michelangelo Sabatino
    Manhood Factories: YMCA Architecture and the Making of Modern Culture by Paula Lupkin
    Mine Towns: Buildings for Workers in Michigan’s Copper Country by Alison K. Hoagland
    The American Department Store Transformed, 1920-1960 by Richard Longstreth
    Cold War on the Home Front: The Soft Power of Midcentury Design by Greg Castillo
    North Carolina Architects & Builders: A Biographical Dictionary Caroline W. Bishir, Markus Wust, Joseph Ryan, et al.
    Research Notes:
    Extract and comment on the diary of John Marshall, bricklayer, of Braintree, Massachusetts, 1697-1711
    Material Culture in Anglo-America: Regional Identity and Urbanity in the Tidewater, Lowcountry, and Caribbean edited by David S. Shields
  • Volume 17 - Issue 2 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 17 - Issue 2

    Editors’ Introduction
    Editors’ Introduction
    A Contemporary Vernacular: Latino Landscapes in California’s Central Valley
    Urban Slavery at Work: The Bellamy Mansion Compound, Wilmington, North Carolina
    The Remittance House: Architecture of Migration in Rural Mexico
    “The Walled City”: Industrial Flux in Red Hook, Brooklyn, 1840-1920 Malka Simon Building and Rebuilding Community: Discourse, Public Memory, and the Grand Opera House of Oshkosh, Wisconsi
    Making Lahore Modern: Constructing and Imagining a Colonial City by William J. Glover
    The Row House Reborn: Architecture and Neighborhoods in New York City, 1908-1929 by Andrew Scott Dolkart
    Modernizing Main Street: Architecture and Consumer Culture in the New Deal by Gabrielle Esperdy
    Ethnoburb: The New Ethnic Community in Urban America by Wei L
    Cultural Landscapes: Balancing Nature and Heritage in Preservation Practice by Richard W. Longstreth, ed.
    Book Reviews
    Another City: Urban Life and Urban Spaces in the New American Republic by Dell Upton
  • Volume 17 - Issue 1 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 17 - Issue 1

    Editors’ Introduction
    Editors’ Introduction
    Location, Occupation, Juxtaposition, Interpenetration: Notes on an Erotics of the Mining City
    “The Lighthouse Top I See”: Lighthouses as Instruments and Manifestations of State Building in the Early Republic
    Indians at the Corn Palaces: Race and Reception at Two Midwestern Festival Buildings
    A Fly in the Amber: Route 66 Architecture at Petrified Forest National Monument
    Sex and the Single Building: The Weston Havens House, 1941-2001
  • Volume 16 - Issue 2 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 16 - Issue 2

    Editors’ Introduction
    Editors’ Introduction
    Viewpoint: "History Is as History Was, and Cannot Be Changed": Origins of the National Register Criteria Consideration for Religious Properties
    Rethinking Region along the Railroads: Architecture and Cultural Economy in the Industrial Southwest, 1890-1930
    Washington Place: Harboring American Claims, Housing Hawaiian Culture
    The Poetics and the Politics of the Contemporary Sacred Place: Baba Sali's Grave Estate in Netivot, Israel
    Heeding the Landscape's Usable Past: Public History in the Service of a Working Waterfront
  • Volume 16 - Issue 1 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 16 - Issue 1

    Editor’s Introduction
    Editor’s Introduction
    The Balloon Frame, George Snow, Augstine Taylor, and All That: A View from Abroad
    The Pennsylvania Barn as a Collective Resource, 1830-1900
    "So Majestic a Monument of Antiquity": Landscape, Knowledge, and Authority in the Early National W
    Shotgun: The Most Contested House in America
    Robert Adams and Colorado's Cultural Landscapes: Picturing Tradition and Development in the New West
  • Volume 15 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 15

    Editor’s Introduction
    Editor’s Introduction
    Tulips in Winter: A Sales Job for the Tract House.
    The Million Dollar Play House: The Office of Indian Affairs and the Pueblo Revival in the Navajo Capital
    Civic Order on Beacon Hill
    Socio-spatial Patterns of Acculturation: Examining Hmong Habitation in Milwaukee’s North-side Neighborhoods
    Inventar: Recent Struggles and Inventions in Housing in Two Cuban Cities
  • Volume 14 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 14

    Editor's Introduction
    Editor's Introduction
    Vernacular Architecture and Public History
    Bringing "Downtown" to the Neighborhoods: Wieboldt’s, Goldblatt’s, and the Creation of Department Store Chains in Chicago
    Witnessing the In-visibility of Inca Architecture in Colonial Peru
    Thirteen Factories of Canton: An Architecture of Sino-Western Collaboration and Confrontation
    New York City’s Oyster Barges: Architecture’s Threshold Role along the Urban Waterfront
    Refiguring the Colonial City: Recovering the Role of Local Inhabitants in the Construction of Colonial Bombay, 1854–1918