Some books about Illinois architecture
History, buildings, and architects
My review of The Sky's the Limit: A Century of Chicago Skyscrapers edited by Pauline A. Saliga, with contributions by Jane H. Clarke, Pauline A. Saliga, and John Zukowsky (Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 1998) is here. Much more than a picture book.
My review of Louis Sullivan and the Polemics of Modern Architecture: The Present against the Past by David S. Andrew (University of Illinois Press, 1985) is here. Sullivan is a slippery character and I'm not sure this author caught him.
Transforming Tradition: Architecture and Planning of Graham, Anderson, Probst and White, 1912-1936 by Sally A. Kitt Chappell (University of Chicago Press, 1992) is reviewed here. A must for admirers of the firm's work, although labored in parts.
Interesting if not definitive is They Built Chicago: Entrepreneurs Who Shaped a Great City's Architecture by Miles L. Berger (Bonus Books, 1992) is reviewed here.
“How culture made itself manifest” in Chicago is the subject of the excellent
Constructing Chicago by Daniel Bluestone (Yale University Press, 1991), which I reviewed here.
One can trace the sociology of settlement in a region by looking at the surviving buildings from earlier eras. Illinois Architecture, by Frederick Koeper (University of Chicago Press, 1968) is a useful but limited study of a topic that is usually dominated by discussions of Chicago.
There are useful guides for such explorations in southern Illinois. An Architectural History of Carbondale, Illinois by Susan E. Maycock (Southern Illinois University Press, 1983) provides the curious reader just what it promises.
Other recommended titles:
Burnham of Chicago: Architect and Planner (Second Edition) by Thomas S. Hines (University of Chicago Press 2008)
The Architecture of John Wellborn Root by Donald Hoffman (John Hopkins University Press, 1973)
AIA Guide to Chicago by the American Institute of Architects Chicago, Alice Sinkevitch, editor (University of Illinois Press, 2014).
Lost Chicago by David Lowe (Houghton Mifflin, 1975, reprinted in 1985 by University of Chicago Press).
In 1985, anthropologists John Coggeshall and Jo Anne Nash visited two dozen southern Illinois towns to trace the influence of seven ethnic groups on the design of everyday structures such as churches, stores, taverns, houses, barns, and outbuildings. They summarized their findings in Vernacular Architecture in Southern Illinois: The Ethnic Heritage (Southern Illinois University Press, 1988).
The Houses That Sears Built; Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Sears Catalog Homes by Rosemary Thornton (Alton, Ill.: Gentle Beam Publications, 2002). Of general interest to readers interested in domestic architecture or of Sears, it is included here because of its treatment of the many Sears prefabricated houses in Carlinville.