More than fifteen years after the success of the first edition, this sweeping introduction to the history of architecture in the United States is now a fully revised guide to the major developments that shaped the environment from the first Americans to the present, from the everyday vernacular to the high style of aspiration. Eleven chronologically organized chapters chart the social, cultural, and political forces that shaped the growth and development of American towns, cities, and suburbs, while providing full description, analysis, and interpretation of buildings and their architects.

The second edition features an entirely new chapter detailing the green architecture movement and architectural trends in the 21st century. Further updates include an expanded section on Native American architecture and contemporary design by Native American architects, new discussions on architectural education and training, more examples of women architects and designers, and a thoroughly expanded glossary to help today's readers. The art program is expanded, including 640 black and white images and 62 new color images. Accessible and engaging, American Architecture continues to set the standard as a guide, study, and reference for those seeking to better understand the rich history of architecture in the United States.


chapter 1|34 pages

The First American Architecture

Ceremonial Enclosures and Homes

chapter 2|31 pages

Europeans in the New World, 1600–1700

Transplanted Vernaculars

chapter 3|47 pages

In the Latest Fashion, 1690–1785

Georgian Architecture and Vernacular Traditions

chapter 4|43 pages

A New Architecture for a New Nation, 1785–1820

Searching for Symbols of Democracy

chapter 5|62 pages

Appropriation and Innovation, 1820–1865

Images of the Past, Visions of the Future

chapter 6|56 pages

Architecture in the Age of Energy and Enterprise, 1865–1885

Parvenu Taste in an Expanding Economy

chapter 7|74 pages

The Architecture of the American City and Suburb, 1885–1915

The Search for Order

chapter 8|72 pages

Nostalgia and the Avant-Garde, 1915–1940

Architecture for a New Century

chapter 9|74 pages

The Emergence of American Modernism, 1940–1973

Social Agenda or the Latest Aesthetic?

chapter 10|81 pages

Late Modernism and Alternatives, 1972–2001

chapter 11|33 pages

Looking at the Future

Into the Twenty-First Century