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After the Harvest: Indiana's Historic Grain Elevators and Feed Mills

John Bower

After the Harvest

Join master photographer John Bower as he celebrates, in stunning black-and-white imagery, the majestic dignity of these vanishing agricultural icons along with small-town feed mills and picturesque grist mills. This latest book from Studio Indiana celebrates these magnificent, and vanishing, structures. At one time, nearly every Indiana town had a local grain elevator, or a feed mill. Towering above the landscape often taller than trees, church steeples, main street stores, and even some courthouses these stark, geometric buildings were the castles of the Hoosier heartland.

paper / 144 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-9745186-3-3 / $22.00 $15.00
Order No. 2642

Industrial Heritage Re-tooled: The TICCIH Guide to Industrial Heritage Conservation

James Douet

This volume comprises the authoritative work from the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage – the international group dedicated to industrial archaeology and heritage – detailing the latest approaches to the conservation of the global industrial heritage. With contributions from over thirty specialists in archaeology and industrial heritage, Industrial Heritage Re-tooled establishes the first set of comprehensive best practices for the management, conservation, and interpretation of historical industrial sites.

256 pp. / 2013 / ISBN: 978-1629582030 / $34.95
Order no. 1488

Antique Stained Glass for the Home

Molly Higgins

Large quantities of leaded decorative windows were manufactured in the years surrounding the turn of the century. Glasses of many colors and textures were used to make elaborate windows for homes, creating spectacular presentations of light and color formerly seen only in churches. These windows are enormously popular on today's antiques market, varying widely in price and condition. This attractive book is a useful tool for anyone looking to bring the enchanting beauty of stained glass into their home.

192 pp. / 2001 / ISBN: 978-0764313110 / $39.95
Order no. 1503

A Home of Her Own

Nancy R. Hiller

For some, home is simply a place to eat, sleep, and store possessions. For others, home offers intimate and rewarding opportunities for self-expression, becoming a reflection of taste, values, and even identity. The activities of constructing and maintaining a home can provide a sense of existential purpose, of belonging to a particular place along with others who have cared for that place before.

Illustrated with more than 100 color photographs, A Home of Her Own showcases a wide variety of homes and tells the stories of their making. 

218 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 9780253223531 / $29.95
Order no. 1355

Historic Preservation in Indiana: Essays from the Field

Nancy R. Hiller

Over the last half century, historic preservation has been on the rise in American cities and towns, from urban renewal and gentrification projects to painstaking restoration of Victorian homes and architectural landmarks. In this book, Nancy R. Hiller brings together individuals with distinctive styles and perspectives, to talk about their passion for preservation. They consider the meaning of place and what motivates those who work to save and care for places; the role of place in the formation of identity; the roles of individuals and organizations in preserving homes, neighborhoods, and towns; and the spiritual as well as economic benefits of preservation. Richly illustrated, Historic Preservation in Indiana is an essential book for everyone who cares about preserving the past for future generations.

224 pp. / 2013 / ISBN 9780253010674 / $25.00
Order No. 4109

The Hoosier Cabinet in Kitchen History

Nancy R. Hiller

The Hoosier Cabinet in Kitchen HistoryLoaded with labor and time-saving conveniences, the Hoosier cabinet was among the earliest design innovations of the modern American kitchen. This culinary workstation allowed owners to maintain an efficient and clutter-free kitchen by centralizing utensils, cookware, tools, and ingredients all the while providing a space in which to prepare the meals of the day. Bloomington-based cabinetmaker Nancy R. Hiller draws on her years of specialty cabinet making and thorough knowledge of interior design to deliver an entertaining, beautiful, and informative history of the Hoosier cabinet—revealing its influence on the development of the contemporary American home. Illustrated with original manufacturers' advertisements and sales literature—some of which is previously unpublished—as well as color and black-and-white photos, this long-overdue book on an icon of the early 20th-century kitchen will be an invaluable resource to cabinetmakers, antiques enthusiasts, and homeowners planning a period-inspired kitchen.

cloth / 144 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-253-31424-6 / $34.95
Order No. 2743

Houses Without Names

Thomas C. Hubka

In countless neighborhoods across America, the streets are lined with houses representing no established architectural style. Many of the 80 million homes in the United States today have only loose-fitting, general names like ranch, duplex, bungalow, and flat. Most, however, cannot even be identified by these common names, much less by an architectural type. Current methods of interpreting common houses need not be replaced, Hubka shows, but only modified to include a broader, more complete spectrum of common dwellings. As Hubka explains, by applying an order of census and a floor-plan analysis, scholars can adequately characterize the actual homes in which most Americans live, particularly in recent times after the widespread growth of suburban homes.

Based on years of field observations, measured drawings, and surveys of regional house types, this handbook provides a working vocabulary for the study and appreciation of America¹s common houses and will prove useful to preservationists, academics, and architects, as well as owners and residents of America¹s most ubiquitous residences.

128 pp. / 2013 / ISBN 9781572339477 / $29.95
Order no. 1352

Temples of Knowledge: Andrew Carnegie's Gift to Indiana

Alan McPherson

Temples of Knowledge: Andrew Carnegie's Gift to Indiana

A compilation of photographs and history of use of Indiana's Carnegie Libraries. Dates and lists of Carnegie's contributions to Indiana libraries are included.

paper / 240 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-9636978-4-6 / $24.95
Order No. 2420

The Historic Fort Wayne Embassy Theatre

Dyne L. Pfeffenberger

The Historic Fort Wayne Embassy Theatre

Faced with the loss of a truly beautiful and rare historical landmark, local activists joined together in the early 1970s to establish the Embassy Theatre Foundation, which purchased the theatre and faithfully restored it as a performing arts center and venue for Broadway shows. Much to the delight of patrons, "Miss Page" continues to be played at concerts, silent movies, and the theatre's Festival of Trees. Generously illustrated with color photos of the theatre and attached Indiana Hotel, this book is sure to appeal to theatre and music lovers and  architectural and urban preservationists as well as regional historians.

cloth / 98 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-253-31369-0 / $24.95 - OUT OF STOCK
Order No. 2752

Stillness and Light: The Silent Eloquence of Shaker Architecture

Henry Plummer

Stillness and LightShaker buildings have long been admired for their simplicity of design and sturdy craftsmanship, with form always following function. Over the years, their distinctive physical characteristics have invited as much study as imitation. Their clean, unadorned lines have been said to reflect core Shaker beliefs such as honesty, integrity, purity, and perfection. In this book, Henry Plummer focuses on the use of natural light in Shaker architecture, noting that Shaker builders manipulated light not only for practical reasons of illumination but also to sculpt a deliberately spiritual, visual presence within their space. Stillness and Light celebrates this subtly beautiful aspect of Shaker innovation and construction, captured in more than 100 stunning photographs.

cloth / 150 pp / 2009 / ISBN 9780253353627 / $39.95
Order No. 2834  

50 State Capitols: The Architecture of Representative Government

Jim Stembridge

Fifty State Capitols describes the majesty and stateliness of each capitol's exterior form and selected interior details in words and photographs. Stembridge shows how the architecture of state capitols contributes to the success of representative government. Elements common to the ideal American state capitol are a prominent site with manicured grounds; legislative chambers in opposing wings; public galleries with views of each legislative chamber; a temple-like entrance; and a central dome or tower covering a majestic central space known as the rotunda.

paper / 128 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 978-0983029205 / $27.95
Order no. 2914

Common Landscape of America: 1580-1845

John Stilgoe

Common Landscapes of America, by Harvard landscape scholar John Stilgoe, looks at the ways Americans have altered the landscape from the arrival of early Spanish settlers to the beginning of the country's rapid urbanization.

paper / 444 pp. / 1983 / ISBN: 978-0300030464 / $29.00
Order no. 1040

National Trust for Historic Preservation Publications:

A Layperson's Guide to Historic Preservation Law

Julia H. Miller

A Layperson's Guide to Preservation Law offers a look at the various laws and regulations that protect historic resources, as well as laws governing nonprofit organizations and museum properties.
paper / 45 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 9780891335719 / $15.00
Order No. 2915


Procedural Due Process in Plain English: A Guide for Preservation Commissions

Julia H. Miller

Procedural Due Process in Plain English: A Guide For Preservation Commissions explains procedural due process and provides guidance on topics that commonly arise in the context of local ordinance granting regulatory powers to historic preservation commissions. This new edition includes an annotated list of related case law.
paper / 29 pp. / 2008 / 978-0891335283 / $12.00
Order No. 2916

A Community Guide to Saving Older Schools

Kerri Rubman

Many school districts are giving America`s historic school buildings a failing grade. Case studies of successful school renovation projects demonstrate that older school buildings can successfully adapt to new technology and the latest educational mandates.
paper / 23 pp. / 2000 / $10.00
Order No. 2808

Feasibility Assessment Manual for Reusing Historic Buildings

Donovan Rypkema
A step-by-step process to enable an assessment team to determine the feasibility of a building project and prepare a written report to support its findings. Includes a CD-ROM with sample Excel spreadsheets.
paper / 107 pp. / 2007 / ISBN: 978-0891335757 / $40.00
Order No. 2811

The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader's Guide

Donovan D. Rypkema
Since it was first published in 1994, The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader’s Guide has become an essential reference for any preservationist faced with convincing government officials, developers, property owners, business and community leaders, or his or her own neighbors that preservation strategies can make good economic sense. Author Donovan D. Rypkema—real estate consultant and nationally known speaker and writer—makes his case with 100 "arguments" on the economic benefits of historic preservation, each backed up by one or more quotes from a study, paper, publication, speech, or report.
paper / 132 pp. / 2005 / ISBN:978-0891333883 / $14.97
Order No. 1044

Positioning Preservation in a Green World

National Trust for Historic Preservation, Forum Journal 23, no. 03 (Spring 2009)

Journal issue addressing how the historic preservation can contribute to the environmental movement. 
paper / 60 pp. / 2003 / $8.00
Order No. 2807

IHB Publications:

Indiana Barns

Indiana barn styles. Architectural types covered are from 1800s to 1900s. Indiana History Bulletin vol. 71:2

paper / 8 pp. / 2000 / $.50
Order No. 6088