Architecture and Ornament

An Illustrated Dictionary


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About the Book

For architects, historians, preservationists, students or homeowners, this richly illustrated two-part dictionary makes it easy to identify a specific architectural detail. This work allows you to visually identify a particular building element in a series of illustrations. Once the visual identification is made, the name of the term is given, making it simple to look up in the traditional architectural dictionary section of the book.
The illustrations are arranged by main categories with common labels—windows and doors; walls; roofs; columns; stairs; ornament and moldings; and arches, vaults and domes. This broad range of architectural illustrations allows the work to function not only as a traditional architectural dictionary, but also as a design source or as an overview of architectural ornament and detailing.

About the Author(s)

Architectural historian Margaret Maliszewski has worked with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and with architectural and planning firms in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. She currently manages the work of Albemarle County’s Architectural Review Board and Historic Preservation Committee in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Margaret Maliszewski-Pickart
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 208
Bibliographic Info: 52 photos, glossary, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009 [1997]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4335-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0949-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     viii
Illustration Credits     ix
Preface     1



Windows and Doors     6
Walls     44
Roofs     69
Columns     79
Stairs     102
Ornament and Moldings     108
Arches, Vaults and Domes     126


Appendix: Describing Architecture     183
Selected Bibliography     197

Book Reviews & Awards

“excellent…fills a gap in the popular reference book market”—Reference Reviews; “easy-to-use…succeeds admirably”—ARBA; “useful”—College & Research Libraries; “a more useful source [than the competition]”—Reference Reviews; “interdependent two-part organization and clarity of definitions makes this a more useful source…defines more terms and illustrates them more effectively [than the competition]”—Rettig on Reference; “serves as a field guide to many of the elements seen in American architecture”—C&RL News; “an intriguing blend of full-page, clear illustrations of everything from columns to walls, combined with a separate dictionary section of definition and detail”—Midwest Book Review.