Construction manuals for pre-20th century architecture


I am trying to find construction manuals for architectural styles prior to the 20th century. I have only managed to find some books on Victorian architecture so far which are adequate. Does anyone have any recommendations? They don't need to be fancy, just useful and informative including construction details and techniques.

Apr 12, 12 5:14 pm

Palladio - The Four Books of Architecture

Apr 12, 12 8:13 pm  · 

The collection at the Ryerson-Burnham library is considerable. They had a show of craftsman manuals from the late 19th century last fall which was pretty interesting.

Apr 13, 12 9:23 am  · 
won and done williams

I can't recall how many times I've recommended this book on this site, but Ed Ford's Details of Modern Architecture is a classic. The first volume includes the pre- and proto- moderns like Richardson, Luytens, Greene and Greene, etc. The drawings are excellent.

Apr 13, 12 2:20 pm  · 
Dani Zoe

Vitruvius's "Ten Books on Architecture" of course!

Apr 14, 12 11:18 am  · 

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