11 Fantastic Architecture Books

Struggling to find the perfect gift for your favorite creative mind? We've compiled a list of 11 fantastic Pacific Northwest architecture-themed books for you!


1. Classic Houses of Portland Oregon 1850-1950 by William J Hawkins & William F. Willingham

"Few books dedicated to conveying information also can lay claim to being very entertaining. 'Classic Houses' can make that statement." - Dan Hays, Salem Statesman Journal

Available at Powell's City of Books for $21


2. Architectural Guidebook to Portland 2nd Edition by Bart King

"Witty, informative, and accurate." - Wallace Kay Huntington, architectural historian

Available at Powell's City of Books for $15.95


3. John Yeon Architecture Building in the Pacific Northwest by Randy Gragg, Brian Ferriso, and Barry Berdoll

"This book is a great accompaniment to the exhibit that is on at Portland Art Museum. Insightful essays, great background on Yeon who has never had as high a profile as he deserves. Any mid-century modern fans will appreciate this. Great photos and background on Gorge conservation." - SusieQ, Amazon Book Review

Available at Powell's City of Books for $60


4. 100 Contemporary Wood Buildings by Philip Jodidio

One of six in a series of building materials by Taschen.

Available from Powell's City of Books for $19.99


5. Portland From The Air by Sallie Tisdale

See the heart of the Pacific Northwest from a new angle!

Available at Powell's City of Books for $19.95


6. Rustic Modern by Chase Reynolds Ewald and Audrey Hall

Learn more about one of the iconic styles of the Pacific Northwest.

Available at Powell's City of Books for $50


7. The Making of Home: The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Our Homes by Judith Flanders

“Judith Flanders’s new book isn’t just smart and diverting but it is also brave… Flanders uses books well and pictures intelligently, searching images for hidden meaning… this book has charm and learning.” - The New York Times Book Review

Available at Powell's City of Books for $10.98


8. Compact Houses: Architecture for the Environment by Cristina Valle

Because what would a collection of architecture books be without a book about tiny homes.

Available at Powell's City of Books for $24


10. The Portland Edge: Challenges and Successes in Growing Communities by Connie P. Ozawa

"Whether Portland is a model for Smart Growth and sustainability or is failing to address challenges of urban sprawl and affordable housing is one of the debates at the heart of this book, which examines how Portland's urban system and planning approaches actually work—an exploration applicable to other U.S. metropolitan areas." - Landscape Architecture Magazine

Available at Powell's City of Books for $9.95


11. The Old House Doctor by Christopher Evers

"A reliable guide to treating the ailing geriatric dwelling." - Publishers Weekly

Available at Powell's City of Books for $14.95

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