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Boston Buildings and Neighborhoods: Boston Architecture

This is a guide to Rotch Library resources focused on Boston neighborhoods and buildings, as well as landmark sites in and around the city.

Boston Bibliography

The Boston Society of Architects' AIA Guide to Boston, 2nd ed., Susan and Michael Southworth. Chester, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 1992. (NA735.B7.S68 1992)

Boston: A Topographical History, 3rd ed., Walter Muir Whitehill. Cambridge: Belknap Press, 2000. (F73.3.W592 2000) Essential reading for an understanding of the evolution of Boston from settlement to metropolis. 

Boston After Bulfinch: An Account of its Architecture 1800-1900, Walter Kilham. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1946. (NA735.B7.K48)

Boston Architecture, Boston Society of Architects. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1970. (NA735.B7.B748) This served as the primary guide to Boston architecture prior to the AIA Guide.

Boston Architecture, 1637-1954, Henry-Russell Hitchcock. New York: Reinhold Pub., c1954. (NA735.B7.H674)

Boston Architecture, 1975-1990, Naomi Miller and Keith Morgan. Munich: Prestel Verlag, 1990. (NA735.B7.M55 1990)

Boston: Photographs, Santi Visalli. New York: Rizzoli, 1988. (F73.37.V57 1988)

Boston Then and Now: 59 Boston Sites Photographed in the Past and Present, Peter Vanderwarker. New York: Dover, 1982. (F73.37.V36 1982)

Boston: One Hundred Years A City. Boston: State Street Bank, 1922. (F73.3.S8)

Built in Boston: City and Suburb, 1800-1950, Douglass Shand-Tucci. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1999. (NA735.B7.T8 1999)

The City Observed, Boston: A Guide to the Architecture of the Hub, Donlyn Lyndon. New York: Random House, 1982. (NA735.B7.L96 1982) A personal view of Boston's architectural highlights.

Establishing a Threshold: Twelve Architectural Practices in Boston. Cambridge: Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 1985. Exhibition catalog. (NA735.B7.E88 1985)

Great Buildings of Boston: A Photographic Guide, George M. Cushing. New York: Dover, 1982. (NA735.B7.C8 1982)

Houses of Boston's Back Bay: An Architectural History, 1840-1917, Bainbridge Bunting. Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1967. (NA7237.B65.B942) The authoritative study.

Invented Cities: The Creation of Landscape in Nineteenth-Century New York and Boston, Mona Domosh. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996. (HT168.N5.D66 1996
Inventing the Charles River, Karl Haglund. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003. (F72.C46.H33 2003)

Lost Boston, Jane Holtz Kay. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999. (NA735.B7.K39 1999) An extremely good overview of Boston prior to mid-20th century development.

The Many Voices of Boston: A Historical Anthology, 1630-1975, edited by Howard Mumford Jones and Bessie Zaban Jones. Boston: Little, Brown, 1975. (F73.3.J66)

Mapping Boston, edited by Alex Krieger, David Cobb, and Amy Turner. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1999. (GA430.M36 1999)

New Architecture in Boston
, Joan Goody. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1965. (NA735.B7.G658)

Old Boston in Early Photographs, 1850-1918: 174 Prints From the Collection of the Bostonian Society
. New York: Dover, 1990. (F73.37.B773 1990)

Planning the City Upon a Hill, Lawrence W. Kennedy. Amherst: UMass Press, 1992. (HT168.B6.K46 1992)

Portrait of a Port: Boston, 1852-1914, William Henry Bunting. Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1971. (HE767.B7.B942) Largely old photographs of tall ships, but includes fine views of waterfront Boston in the 19th century.

Streetcar Suburbs: The Process of Growth in Boston, 1870-1900
, 2nd ed., Sam Bass Warner. New York: Atheneum, 1969. (HN80.B7.W284) Painstaking, thorough research.

A Topographical and Historical Description of Boston
, Nathaniel Bradstreet Shurtleff. Boston: Noyes, Holmes, and Co., 1872. (F73.3.S562 1872)