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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 Carl Lounsbury
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 23 - Issue 1 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 23 - Issue 1

    Teaching Buildings and Landscapes to Today’s Undergraduates: Beyond the Classroom by Gretchen Townsend Buggeln
    Object Lesson
    “All the Help I Needed, I Got Here”: Miami’s Freedom Tower and the Freedom Tower’s Miami by Mauricio F. Castro
    Motive Power: Fans, Punkahs, and Fly Brushes in the Antebellum South by Dana Byrd
    A Female Sanctuary on the Former Western Front: The Gold Star Pilgrimage Rest Houses in France, 1930–33 by Allison S. Finkelstein
    Race and Contested Rural Space in the Missouri Delta: African American Farm Workers and the Delmo Labor Homes, 1940–51 by Heidi Dodson
    Wasteland: A History by Vittoria Di Palma. Review by Louis P. Nelson.
    A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850–1950 by Marta Gutman. Review by Paula Lupkin.
    The Working Man’s Green Space: Allotment Gardens in England, France, and Germany, 1870–1919 by Micheline Nilsen. Review by Marie Warsh.
    Purging the Poorest: Public Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Communities by Lawrence J. Vale. Review by Jennifer Hock.
    Into the Void Pacific: Building the 1939 San Francisco World’s Fair by Andrew M. Shanken. Review by Robert W. Rydell.
    Looking Beyond the Icons: Midcentury Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism by Richard Longstreth. Review by David Smiley.
    Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment by Henri Lefebvre, edited by Łukasz Stanek, translated by Robert Bononno. Review by Olga Touloumi.
    The City Lost & Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980 edited by Katherine A. Bussard, Alison Fisher, and Greg Foster-Rice. Review by Benjamin Holtzman.
    ArchiPop: Mediating Architecture in Popular Culture edited by D. Medina Lasansky. Review by Sara Stevens.
    The Remittance Landscape: Spaces of Migration in Rural Mexico and Urban USA by Sarah Lynn Lopez. Review by Helen Gyger.
    New Architecture on Indigenous Lands by Joy Monice Malnar and Frank Vodvarka. Review by Peter Nabakov.
    How to Read the American West: A Field Guide by William Wyckoff. Review by Cathleen D. Cahill.
  • Volume 22 - Issue 2 Contents Purchase This Issue

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    Editor’s Note by Cynthia G. Falk
    Peculiar Places and Strange Guests: Obsolete Resorts in Some Mid-Twentieth Century Children’s Books by Kevin D. Murphy
    Object Lesson
    Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument: Negotiating Monumentality with Instability and Everyday Life by Luisa Valle
    Charlottesville’s Landscape of Prostitution, 1880-1950 by Daniel Bluestone
    Selling Spirituality and Spectacle: Religious Pavilions at the New York World’s Fair of 1964-1965 by Julie Nicoletta
    Research Notes
    The Hidden Cityscapes of Informal Housing in Suburban Los Angeles and the Paradox of Horizontal Density by Jake Wegmann
    Robert Morris’s Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder by Ryan K. Smith. Review by Whitney Martinko
    Building Zion: The Material World of Mormon Settlement by Thomas Carter. Review by Michael Ann Williams
    House But No Garden: Apartment Living in Bombay’s Suburbs, 1898-1964 by Nikhil Rao. Review by Swati Chattopadhyay
    Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York by Cindy R. Lobel. Review by Theresa McCulla
    Built with Faith: Italian American Imagination and Catholic Material Culture in New York City by Joseph Sciorra. Review by Cindy R. Lobel
    Houses Without Names: Architectural Nomenclature and the Classification of America’s Common Houses by Thomas C. Hubka. Review by Chris Wilson
    100 Years of Design on the Land, exhibition curated by Robin Karson. Review by Catherine Seavitt Nordenson
    A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida by N. D. B. Connolly. Review by Brian D. Goldstein
    The Social Project: Housing Postwar France by Kenny Cupers. Review by Alexia Yates
    Manhattan Atmospheres: Architecture, the Interior Environment, and Urban Crisis by David Gissen . Reviewed by Rohit T. Aggarwala
    Commemorating and Forgetting: Challenges for the New South Africa by Martin J. Murray. Review by Jeremy Foster
    Global Suburbs: Urban Sprawl from the Rio Grande to Rio de Janeiro by Lawrence A. Herzog. Review by Richard Harris
    Vernacular Architecture and Regional Design: Cultural Process and Environmental Response by Kingston Wm. Heath. Review by Elaine B. Stiles
    A Reminder to Readers
    Please remember to have a look at the digital supplement to B&L, which is hosted by JSTOR. A print and digital subscription to B&L is a courtesy of membership in the Vernacular Architecture Forum. If you’ve lost track of your user name or password, select “Forgot Your User Name or Password” on the login screen and enter your email address.
  • Volume 22 - Issue 1 Contents Purchase This Issue

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    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

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    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 21 - Issue 1 Contents Purchase This Issue

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    A Note from the Editors
    New in Town: The California Garden Apartment in the 1960s
    Architect as Developer and the Postwar U.S. Apartment, 1945–1960
    Tradition, Culture, and Memory in a Foreign Land: The Housing Choices of Norwegian Immigrant Anna Christopherson Goulson
    Architectures of West African Enslavement
    Research Notes
    Searching for Donum Montford: Methods and Mysteries in Researching an African American Artisan
    Little White Houses: How the Postwar Home Constructed Race in America by Dianne S. Harris
    Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America by Richard White
    Designing the Creative Child: Playthings and Places in Midcentury America by Amy F. Ogata
    Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity: Housing in Czechoslovakia, 1945–1960 by Kimberly Elman Zarecor
    Diálogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities, Michael Rios and Leonardo Vazquez, editors, with Lucrezia Miranda
    Unlearning the City: Infrastructure in a New Optical Field by Swati Chattopadhyay
    Photography and the American Civil War, exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, and catalog by Jeff L. Rosenheim
  • Volume 20 - Issue 2 Contents Purchase This Issue

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    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

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    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

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    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 18 - Issue 2 Contents Purchase This Issue

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    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

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    “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

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    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
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    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 1 Contents Purchase This Issue

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    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
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    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