Are you a real estate agent that specializes in historic properties? Or wants to? Or perhaps you’re an old house enthusiast that would like to really know your architecture, and brag to all your friends as you identify the age & style of the houses in your area?
The essential source for hobbyists, real estate agents, preservationists, and architectural professionals is Virginia & Lee McAlester’s Field Guide to American Houses. The book is incredible, and focuses on both high style and the more run-of-the-mill housing you’re likely to see in any town. Clear writing, just the right level of detail, and awesome illustrations, this is a great book for getting to know the vocabulary of historic architecture. Truly indispensable- If you get only one field guide, this should be it! You can pick it up online at Amazon here, and it will arrive in your mailbox in just a few days.