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Architectural Research for New York City Buildings: Getting started

A methodology for researching the history of buildings.

B A S I C   A R C H I T E C T U R A L   R E S E A R C H

Pursuing research on an individual building, group of buildings, or architect requires patience, method, and persistence.  The results can be alternately gratifying and frustrating.  Rarely is all the material you may want or need in one library or repository.

Library catalogs for books

Summary of types of books

  • Architectural monographs (books on individual architects and their work)
  • World architecture, histories  
  • American architecture, histories
  • Modern architecture, if appropriate
  • Building types (e. g., banks, religious buildings, buildings for education, concert halls, arenas, museums, libraries)

Guides to New York architecture

New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designation reports.

Dolkart, Andrew.  Guide to New York City Landmarks.  New York:  Wiley, 1998.  Pollack reserve F128.18 .D65 1998.

Andrea Palladio, Villa Rotonda, 1567-ca. 1590