Ancestral Roofs

"In Praise of Older Buildings"

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hit the Books


On the subject of digital libraries.
This just popped up, via friend Shannon, she of the enormously popular and informative Ontario Architecture website.
She shared a link to the Building Technology Heritage Library.
The home page of the site (which includes a blog!) describes it as "primarily a collection of American and Canadian pre-1964 architectural trade catalogs, house plan books and technical building guides" with its usefulness being to "document past design and construction practices" and "aid in the preservation and conservation of older structures."

Oh what a way to spend a day (sheesh, my last post was plagued with alliteration, are we now to be annoyed by silly rhymes?)

As always, I am immediately attracted to the cover art and design, which gives us insights into how we looked and thought and wanted to convey optimism and progress, in the hopeful early days of the last century.

 As entry to the digital library is free, I suspect sharing a few examples of the cover art in the collection will not violate any rules...heck, it may even prompt some visits! See you there.

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