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Books & Catalogs

The publications listed below relate to the National Building Museum’s exhibitions, collections, and educational offerings. You can also see a list of original articles here. Be sure to browse additional publications offerings in the Museum Shop.


Non-exhibition Publications

Publications related to Museum collections, curatorial research, programs, and history.

Taliesin Diary: A Year With Frank Lloyd Wright
By Priscilla J. Henken; Edited by Sarah A. Leavitt
W. W. Norton, 2012

Intelligent Cities
Edited by Susan Piedmont-Palladino
National Building Museum, 2011

National Building Museum
By Laura Schiavo, PhD.
Scala, 2008 

Building a Landmark: A Guide to the Historic Home of the National Building Museum
By Linda Brody Lyons
National Building Museum, 1999

Invisible Images: The Silent Language of Architecture
By Beverly Willis
National Building Museum, 1997

Why Design?: Activities and Programs from the National Building Museum
By Anna Slafer and Kevin Cahill
National Building Museum, 1995

A Guide to the Building Records of S. H. Kress & Co. 5-10-25 Cent Stores at the National Building Museum
Prepared by Susan Wilkerson and Hank Griffith
National Building Museum, 1993

A Handbook to the Pension Building – Home of the National Building Museum
By Linda Brody Lyons
National Building Museum, 1989

Exhibition-related Publications

Publications related to exhibition content, including source texts and exhibition catalogs.

Detroit Is No Dry Bones: The Eternal City of the Industrial Age
By Camilo José Vergara
University of Michigan Press, 2016
Companion book to the 2012 exhibition

The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin
The Cultural Landscape Foundation, 2016
Companion book to the 2016 exhibition

HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation
By Bjarke Ingels
TASCHEN, 2015
Exhibition catalog

The New American Garden: The Landscape Architecture of Oehme, Van Sweden
The Cultural Landscape Foundation, 2015
Companion book to the 2015 exhibition

Gothic Resilience
By Colin Winterbottom, 2014
Companion book to the 2015 exhibition Scaling Washington

V&A Dolls’ House Colouring Book
By Emily Sutton
V&A Publishing, 2014
Companion book to the 2015 exhibition Small Stories

Civic Art: A Centennial History of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts
Edited by Thomas E. Luebke
University of Massachusetts Press, 2013
Companion book to the 2010 exhibition A Century of Design: The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, 1910-2010

Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990
Edited by Wim de Wit & Christopher James Alexander
Getty Research Institute, 2013
Exhibition catalog

What’s Out There: The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley
The Cultural Landscape Foundation, 2013
Companion book to the 2014 exhibition

PLAY WORK BUILD
Rockwell Group, Imagination Playground, and the National Building Museum, 2012
Companion book to the long-term exhibition

Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile
By John Allen Ochsendorf; Photography by Michael Freeman
Princeton Architectural Press, 2011
Companion book to the 2013 exhibition Palaces for the People

Kevin Roche: Architecture As Environment
By Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen
Yale University Press, 2011
Exhibition catalog

Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s
Edited by Robert Rydell and Laura Schiavo
Yale University Press, 2010
Companion book to the 2010 exhibition

Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore
By Andrew Moore
Damiani and Akron Art Museum, 2010
Companion book to the 2012 exhibition

Drawing Toward Home: Designs for Domestic Architecture from Historic New England
Edited by James F. O’Gorman and Lorna Condon
Historic New England, 2010
Exhibition catalog

Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey
By Irene Murray, Guido Beltramini, Charles Hind, and Calder Loth
Marsilio, 2010
Exhibition catalog

Green Community
Edited by Susan Piedmont-Palladino and Timothy Mennel
National Building Museum and American Planning Association, 2009
Companion book to the 2008 exhibition

Walls Speak: The Narrative Art of Hildreth Meière
By Catherine Coleman Brawer and Elaine Banks Stainton
Franciscan Institute Publications, 2009
Exhibition catalog

Dollhouses from the V&A Museum of Childhood
By Halina Pasierbska
V&A Publishing, 2008
Companion book to the 2015 exhibition Small Stories

Jonas Bendiksen: The Places We Live
By Philip Gourevitch; Photography by Jonas Bendiksen
Aperture, 2008
Exhibition catalog

A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era
By Robin Karson; Photography by Carol Betsch
University of Massachusetts Press, 2007
Companion book to the 2001 exhibition

Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community
Edited by Laura Cohen Apelbaum and Wendy Turman
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington and the Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum, Washington DC, 2007
Exhibition catalog

The Parking Garage: Design and Evolution of a Modern Form
By Shannon S. McDonald
Urban Land Institute, 2007
Companion book to the 2009 exhibition House of Cars: Innovation and the Parking Garage

Architecture of Authority
By Richard Ross
Aperture, 2007
Exhibition catalog

American Designed Landscapes: A Photographic Interpretation
By Alan Ward
Spacemaker Press, 2006
Companion book to the 2016 exhibition Luminous Landscapes

Detour: Architecture and Design along 18 National Tourist Routes in Norway
Edited by Nina Berre and Hege Lysholm
National Tourist Routes in Norway, 2006
Exhibition catalog

Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future
By Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen and Donald Albrecht
Yale University Press, 2006
Exhibition catalog

Liquid Stone: New Architecture in Concrete
Edited by Martin Moeller and Jean-Louis Cohen
Princeton Architectural Press, 2006
Exhibition catalog

Philip Trager, Retrospective
By Philip Trager
Steidl, Oberlin College, and Wesleyan University, 2006
Companion book to the 2009 exhibition Form and Movement

Prairie Skyscraper: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower
By Anthony Alofsin (Editor), Joseph M. Siry, Hilary Ballon, Pat Kirkham, Scott W. Perkins
Rizzoli International Publications, 2006
Exhibition catalog

Tools of the Imagination: Drawing Tools and Technologies from the Eighteenth Century to the Present
Edited by Susan Piedmont-Palladino
Princeton Architectural Press, 2006
Exhibition catalog

Affordable Housing: Designing an American Asset
National Building Museum and Urban Land Institute, 2005
Exhibition catalog

The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture
By Alanna Stang and Christopher Hawthorne
National Building Museum and Princeton Architectural Press, 2005
Exhibition catalog

How the Other Half Worships
By Camilo José Vergara
Rutgers University Press, 2005
Companion book to the 2009 exhibition Storefront Churches

Frozen Music
By Gil Garcetti
Balcony Press, 2004
Companion book to the 2004 exhibition Symphony in Steel: Ironworkers and the Walt Disney Concert Hall

OPEN: New Designs for Public Space
By Raymond Gastil and Zoe Ryan
Princeton Architectural Press, 2004
Companion book to the 2005 exhibition

Best Addresses
By James Goode
Smithsonian Books, 2003
Companion book to the 1988 exhibition Best Addresses: A Century of Washington’s Distinguished Apartment Houses

Big & Green: Toward Sustainable Architecture in the 21st Century
Edited by David Gissen
National Building Museum and Princeton Architectural Press, 2003
Exhibition catalog

CIVITAS: An Exhibition of Traditional Urbanism in Contemporary Practice
The Prince’s Foundation, 2003
Exhibition catalog

Inner City: Photographs by Joseph Mills
By Joseph Mills
Nazraeli Press, 2003
Companion book to the 2016 exhibition District II

Iron: Erecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall
By Gil Garcetti
Balcony Press, 2003
Companion book to the 2004 exhibition Symphony in Steel: Ironworkers and the Walt Disney Concert Hall

Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture
Edited by Alexander von Vegesack and Mathias Remmele
Vitra Design Museum, 2003
Exhibition catalog

Stories of Home and the Mobile Gallery: Photography, Architecture, Community
Introduction by Chrysanthe B. Broikos, Photographs by Bill Bamberger and Greg Snyder
College of Architecture, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 2003
Exhibition catalog

Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio: Community Architecture
Edited by David Moos and Gail Trechsel
Birmingham Museum of Art, 2003
Exhibition catalog

Up, Down, Across: Elevators, Escalators, and Moving Sidewalks
Edited by Alisa Goetz
Merrell Publishers, 2003
Exhibition catalog

Envisioning Architecture: Drawings from the Museum of Modern Art, New York
Edited by Matilda McQuaid and Terence Riley
The Museum of Modern Art, 2002
Exhibition catalog

Me, Myself and Infrastructure: Private Lives and Public Works in America
Edited by Gregory K. Driecer
American Society of Civil Engineers, 2002
Companion book to the 2002 exhibition

Rural Studio: Samuel Mockbee and an Architecture of Decency
By Andrea Oppenheimer Dean; Photography by Timothy Hursley
Princeton Architectural Press, 2002
Companion book to the 2004 exhibition Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio: Community Architecture

Tools as Art (The Hechinger Collection)
By Sarah Tanguy
International Arts & Artists, 2002
Companion book to the 2004 exhibition Tools As Art: The Hechinger Collection—Instruments of Change

The Architecture of R.M. Schindler
By Michael Darling and Elizabeth A.T. Smith
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Harry N. Abrams, 2001
Exhibition catalog

Twin Towers Remembered
By Camilo Jose Vergara
Princeton Architectural Press, 2001
Companion book to the 2001 exhibition

Building Images: Seventy Years of Photography at Hedrich Blessing
By Tony Hiss
Chronicle Books, 2000
Exhibition catalog 

Fragile Dwelling
By Margaret Morton
Aperture, 2000
Companion book to the 1995 exhibition Fragile Dwelling: Photographs of Homeless Communities by Margaret Morton

On the Job: Design and the American Office
Edited by Donald Albrecht and Chrysanthe Broikos
Princeton Architectural Press, 2000
Exhibition catalog

William L. Price: Arts and Crafts to Modern Design
By George E. Thomas
Princeton Architectural Press, 2000
Exhibition catalog 

The Corner Store: An American Tradition, Galveston Style
By Ellen Beasley
National Building Museum, 1999
Exhibition catalog 

Frank Lloyd Wright: Windows of the Darwin D. Martin House
Edited by Jack Quinan
Burchfield-Penney Art Center and Buffalo State College Foundation, Inc., 1999
Exhibition catalog 

Air-conditioning America: Engineers and the Controlled Environment, 1900-1960
By Professor Gail Cooper
The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998
Companion book to the 1999 exhibition Stay Cool! Air Conditioning America 

Civics Lessons: Recent New York Public Architecture
AIA New York Chapter and the New York Foundation for Architecture, 1998
Exhibition catalog 

Designing Disney’s Theme Parks: The Architecture of Reassurance
By Karal Ann Marling
Flammarion, 1998
Companion book to the 2001 exhibition

Do It Yourself: Home Improvement in 20th-Century America
By Carolyn M. Goldstein
Princeton Architectural Press, 1998
Companion book to the 2002 exhibition

America’s 5&10 cent Stores: The Kress Legacy
By Bernice L. Thomas
National Building Museum, Preservation Press, and John Wiley & Sons, 1997
Companion book to the 1997 exhibition Main Street Five-and-Dimes: The Architectural Heritage of the S. H. Kress & Co. Stores

Between Fences
Edited by Gregory K. Dreicer
National Building Museum and Princeton Architectural Press, 1997
Exhibition catalog 

Extending the Legacy: Planning American’s Capital for the 21st Century
National Capital Planning Commission, 1997
Companion book to the 1997 exhibition Planning Washington’s Monumental Core: L’Enfant to Legacy 

An Urban Experiment in Central Berlin: Planning Potsdamer Platz
Edited by Vittorio Magnago and Romana Schneider
Deutsches Architektur-Museum and Institut fur Auslandbeziehungen, 1997
Exhibition catalog

Drawing for the Future: Design Drawings for the 1939 New York World’s Fair
The Museum of the City of New York, 1996
Exhibition catalog

The Man Who Built Washington: A Life of John McShain
By Carl M. Brauer
Hagley Museum & Library, 1996
Companion book to the 1997 exhibition The Man Who Built Washington: John McShain and the American Construction Industry 

The New American Ghetto
By Camilo José Vergara
Rutgers University Press, 1995
Companion book to the 1996 exhibition

Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection
By Pete Hamill
Harry N. Abrams, 1995
Companion book to the 1989, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2004 exhibitions 

Visions of Home: Architects’ Explorations of Dwelling and Community
Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, 1995
Companion book to the 1994 exhibition

World War II and the American Dream: How Wartime Building Changed a Nation
Edited by Donald Albrecht
National Building Museum and MIT Press, 1995
Exhibition catalog

Chairmania: Fantastic Miniatures
By George M. Beylerian and David Revere McFadden
Harry N. Abrams, 1994
Exhibition catalog

The White House in Miniature
By Gail Buckland; Photography by Kathleen Culbert-Aguilar
W. W. Norton & Company, 1994
Exhibition catalog

Images of a City — Five Photographers from Berlin
National Building Museum, 1992
Exhibition catalog 

La Casa de Todos Nosotros (A House For Us All)
By Antonio Martorell
Museo del Barrio, 1992
Exhibition catalog 

Visions/Revisions 1992
Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, 1993
Exhibition catalog 

Ticket to Paradise: American Movie Theaters and How We Had Fun
By John Margolies
Bulfinch Press, 1991
Companion book to the 1995 exhibition

Mondo Materialis: Materials and Ideas for the Future
By George M. Beylerian and Jeffrey J. Osborne
Harry N. Abrams, 1990
Exhibition catalog 

Money Matters: A Critical Look at Bank Architecture
Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Parnassus Foundation
McGraw-Hill, 1990
Exhibition catalog

Landscaping the American Dream: The Gardens and Film Sets of Florence Yoch, 1890-1972
By James J. Yoch
Harry N. Abrams and Sagapress, 1989
Companion book to the 1999 exhibition Personal Edens: The Gardens and Film Sets of Florence Yoch

Sheet Metal Craftsmanship: Progress in Building
By David Chase and Carolyn Laray
National Building Museum, 1988
Exhibition catalog

Thomas Alexander Tefft: American Architecture in Transition, 1845-1860
Department of Art, Brown University, 1988
Exhibition catalog 

Viollet-le-Duc: Architect, Artist, Master of Historic Preservation
By Françoise Bercé and Bruno Foucart
The Trust for Museum Exhibitions, 1988
Exhibition catalog 

Twenty Years of Restoration in Venice
Edited by Demin Maurizia
Soprintendenza ai Beni Ambientali e Architettonici di Venezia, 1987
Companion book to the 1987 exhibition

Building a National Image: Architectural Drawings for the American Democracy, 1789-1912
By Bates Lowry
National Building Museum and Walker & Co., 1986
Exhibition catalog

Liberty: The French-American Statue in Art and History
Edited by Pierre Provoyeur and June Ellen Hargrove, and the New York Public Library
HarperCollins, 1986
Exhibition catalog

Built for the People of the United States of America: Fifty Years of TVA Architecture
By Marian and Lawrence Wodehouse Moffett
Art and Architecture Gallery, University of Tennessee, 1983
Exhibition catalog