It’s that time of year again. If you’re like me you haven’t got any of your shopping started yet, or you might just be stumped about what to get the Preservationist in your life. Here are a few book ideas.
Keeping Time was my introduction to the nuts and bolts of historic preservation. It is a must-have on the bookshelf of any preservationist. Earlier this year the book’s author and first Keeper of the National Register William Murtagh passed away. https://misspreservation.com/2018/11/09/in-memoriam-william-murtagh-first-keeper-of-the-national-register/
If you’ve enjoyed the Friday is a Gas series here on MissPres, this is a book you might enjoy also. I picked up a copy for myself earlier this year and hope to have more entries into the series for 2019 based on information from information presented in this book.
A reprint of the first edition of Architectural Graphic Standards was printed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the 1932 standards. If you like seeing how something was put together with the methods and materials available in the 1930s this is a great book to have. This book series has become an indispensable resource for the design and construction industry.
Looking over previous years lists I was surprised to see this book has never been included before in our holiday gift guide. While the book is west-coast centrist, highlighting some styles only found on the west coast, all eras of Mississippi residential buildings are investigated. This also includes more recent and often overlooked history of trailer homes and mobile housing. While the text is useful enough to the advanced preservationist, the line drawings that depict each style or type of home are interesting enough to enthrall the youngest of kids. Reprinted in 2015, I am uncertain if there were any updates from the 1996 edition.
Our own W. White has several suggestions in the comments from last years MissPres gift guide post. You can read the full list of suggestions here, and I’ve included the Mississippi specific texts below.
Mississippi has several architectural histories focusing on various aspects of the state’s architecture, mostly by Mary Carol Miller (Lost Mansions, Lost Landmarks, and the more photographic based Great Housesas well as Sherry Pace’s Victorian Houses photobook and Richard Cawthon’s Lost Churches), but no complete overarching history of the state’s architecture. Historic Architecture in Mississippi by Mary Wallace Crocker (University of Mississippi Press, 1974) is the closest thing to one for Mississippi, but it only focuses on antebellum architecture. Still no Mississippi preservationist’s bookshelf should be without it.
For a more pointed view of Mississippi’s antebellum architecture, I would recommend Architecture of the Old South: Mississippi-Alabama by Mills Lane (Abbeville Press, 1989, though later Beehive Press printings are also available), along with the rest of his Architecture of the Old South series. Lane argues that antebellum Southern architecture in Mississippi is more a Northern product than a Southern one. Although he slightly cherry-picks examples to prove his argument, he very convincingly (in my view) shows that antebellum Mississippi’s high-style architecture was largely the product of Northern architectural styles, designed by Northern architects, built by Northern craftsmen, with some Southern modifications. For another example of how an antebellum architectural history of Mississippi could be arranged, look to Antebellum Architecture of Kentucky by Clay Lancaster (University Press of Kentucky, 1991).
These are just a few of the books I’ve read or referenced this year. Do you have a book suggestion for other MissPresers?