Reviews and Blog Posts: architecture

A place of my own the education of an amateur builder

by Michael Pollan

DPL Rating:
4

A Place of My Own: The Architecture of Daydreams is Michael Pollan's second book, first released in 1997. This sophomore piece was published almost ten years before the very popular Omnivore's Dilemma. About Pollan's absorption into architecture and carpentry while building his own writing hut on his Connecticut property, this book lacks neither...

Tiny homes : simple shelter : scaling back in the century

by Lloyd Kahn

DPL Rating:
5

What a cool book!  Lovely pictures of some of the most intriguing homes I've ever seen, along with interesting stories of each home's creation and the people who built them.  There are so many amazing, artistic, creative people within these pages, I just can't wait for you to meet them...

House : a memoir

by Michael Ruhlman

DPL Rating:
4

This wonderful book explores the notion of home as the author and his family renovate a century-old house in Cleveland.  Although his defense of sprawl overlooks the physical distinction between streetcar suburbs and automobile suburbs, this is a great read for those who love old houses.

Micro : very small architecture

by Ruth Slavid

DPL Rating:
4

I have recently been obsessed with little buildings, I fantasize about treehouses, writers retreats, rustic cabins, mobile homes (not like you're thinking!) This book runs the gamut of little houses: some amazing, some hideous, some prototypes some actual little tiny mobile houses (see page 123). makes me wish I had...

Winfield : living in the shadow of the Woolworths

by Monica Randall

DPL Rating:
5

I was so sad that this Armchair Architectural Salvage Adventure had to end.  Monica Randall grew up exploring the abandoned mansions of Long Island's Gold Coast and later grew up to live in one.  Rife with atmosphere, intrigue and history this is a true tale any historic preservationist or urban...

Twelve rooms with a view : a novel

by Theresa Rebeck

DPL Rating:
5

The contested inheritance of a multimillion dollar piece of historic New York real estate pits siblings and strangers against one another in a hilarious battle of the "will". In straightforward, unstinting language, we meet an unapologetically flawed protagonist and a bevy of other characters. As is the case in real life, in...

Exhibit: Pieces of Our Past

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May 7 - August 31
The Central Library, Gates Reading Room - Level 5

A two-part exhibit examining Denver's preservation history, developed by Historic Denver, Inc. and on display at the Molly Brown House Museum and the Denver Central Library. 


Asylum : inside the closed world of state mental hospitals

by Christopher Payne

DPL Rating:
5

We now think of them as snakepits but state asylums were built on the premise of "moral treatment" in which patients were provided care, routine, entertainment, fresh air & enobling vistas. At one point, a half million Americans resided in asylums, leading to overcrowding & the desperate conditions that form...

Ghostly ruins : America's forgotten architecture

by Harry Skrdla

DPL Rating:
5

Haunting photographs set the tone for Harry Skrdla's beautifully written guide to the rise and fall of 30 tragically abandoned American structures. Each chapter explores decomposing edifices by category (industrial, transportation-related, commercial, public, residential and amusement), discussing the historical and sociological factors that have contributed to the ongoing demise of...

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