Reading List: Historic Preservation & the Built Environment

Large, mature trees contribute to the historic streetscape and historic properties.

Thank you to the Wilmington Library for having me as part of their summer lecture series. I thoroughly enjoyed talking about historic preservation and the built environment with community members and visitors. As promised, here is a reading list of related books:

  • Outside Lies Magic by John R. Stilgoe
  • The Motel in America by John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle
  • The Gas Station in America by John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle
  • Diners, Bowling Alleys, And Trailer Parks: Chasing The American Dream In The Postwar Consumer Culture by Andrew Hurley
  • Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat Moon
  • Main Street to Miracle Mile by Chester Liebs
  • Once Upon a Playground: A Celebration of Classic American Playgrounds, 1920-1975 by Brenda Biondo
  • A Field Guide to American Houses (Revised): The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America’s Domestic Architecture by Virginia Savage McAlester

Have any suggestions of your own? Add them in the comments. Happy reading (don’t forget your coffee). Cheers!

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2 thoughts on “Reading List: Historic Preservation & the Built Environment

  1. The Flensburg Files says:

    Hi Kaitlin, In connection with a series I’m planning on doing with the 50th anniversary of the National Register of Historic Places and historic bridge preservation, would you be interested in an interview for the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles? If so, please send me a message using the following address: jadasmi77@gmail.com. Thanks and hope you arehaving success in preserving some cool historic artefacts. 🙂 Greetings from Germany, Jason Smith

  2. Mark says:

    Its off topic and a bit trivial, but the title of this post reminds me of the terminology employed by different countries when it comes to their built environment. In Canada & the UK, the term “built heritage” is frequently used, but its not one that you see very often in the U.S.. Americans tend to use phrases like “architectural heritage”, “built environment” or some descriptive that involves the word preservation. This becomes evident whenever there is discussion about historic building inventories, though it goes well beyond that…

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