The Buildings of Main Street: A Guide to American Commercial Architecture / Edition 1

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The Buildings of Main Street is the primary resource for interpreting commercial architectural style. Richard Longstreth, a renowned and respected author in the field of historic preservation, presents a useful survey of commercial architecture in urban America. He has developed a typology of architectural classification for commercial application in American towns across the United States. Likely to be enjoyed by both students and members of the general public seeking an introduction to commercial architecture, The Buildings of Main Streetmakes a significant and lasting contribution to American architectural history.
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Editorial Reviews

Jay D. Vogt
The Buildings of Main Street is the preeminent source on the subject of commercial architecture and main street commercial districts. This text is the 'standard' of the profession.
North Carolina Historical Review
In 1977, the National Trust launched the experimental Main Street Program in three Midwest communities. Since then, the program to preserve architecturally significant structures has been established in over 1400 communities in 43 states, with mostly successful results. While applauding that effort, Longstreth warns that preservationists should be wary of nostalgic Main Street 'theme park' solutions. His goal in writing the guide is to help preservationists arm themselves with 'knowledge of the buildings' intrinsic qualities and of the legacy they represent.' The well-designed guide is organized by compositional types, such as the two-part commercial block .... Preservationists, architectural historians, and anyone interested in learning more about the rich and varied history of America's towns and cities will want a copy of this model guide.
— Anne Miller
The Annals Of Iowa
First published in 1987, The Buildings of Main Street provided what had not existed before: A concise, coherent typology for identifying commercial buildings.... Longstreth's typology was quickly adopted by many preservation professionals as the standard for identifying and classifying commercial buildings. The 2000 edition contains the original text and photographs with a new preface and bibliography.... Longstreth's commercial typology works equally well to identify buildings in Chicago or Ottumwa, Iowa, and is as significant today as it was when introduced in 1987.
— Molly Myers Naumann
North Carolina Historical Review - Anne Miller
In 1977, the National Trust launched the experimental Main Street Program in three Midwest communities. Since then, the program to preserve architecturally significant structures has been established in over 1400 communities in 43 states, with mostly successful results. While applauding that effort, Longstreth warns that preservationists should be wary of nostalgic Main Street 'theme park' solutions. His goal in writing the guide is to help preservationists arm themselves with 'knowledge of the buildings' intrinsic qualities and of the legacy they represent.' The well-designed guide is organized by compositional types, such as the two-part commercial block .... Preservationists, architectural historians, and anyone interested in learning more about the rich and varied history of America's towns and cities will want a copy of this model guide.
The Annals Of Iowa - Molly Myers Naumann
First published in 1987, The Buildings of Main Street provided what had not existed before: A concise, coherent typology for identifying commercial buildings.... Longstreth's typology was quickly adopted by many preservation professionals as the standard for identifying and classifying commercial buildings. The 2000 edition contains the original text and photographs with a new preface and bibliography.... Longstreth's commercial typology works equally well to identify buildings in Chicago or Ottumwa, Iowa, and is as significant today as it was when introduced in 1987.
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Meet the Author

Richard Longstreth is professor of American civilization and director of the graduate program in historic preservation at George Washington University.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 1 Using the Guide Chapter 5 2 Compositional Types Chapter 6 3 Commercial Block Chapter 7 4 Enframed Window Wall Chapter 8 5 Vertical Block Chapter 9 6 Temple Front Chapter 10 7 Vault Chapter 11 8 Enframed Block Chapter 12 9 Central Block with Wings Chapter 13 10 Arcaded Block Chapter 14 11 Combinations and Exceptions Chapter 15 Epilogue Chapter 16 Glossary Chapter 17 Further Reading Chapter 18 Information Sources Chapter 19 Index Chapter 20 Author
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