American Landscape and Architectural Design, 1850-1920: a Study Collection from the Harvard Graduate School of Design
Historical Research Capabilities
This collection can be used to research the historical use of various architectural design elements by browsing the Subject Index. It may contain several unfamiliar terms, such as allee, frieze, puddingston, and caryatid. Research these design terms first by viewing the collection's images found when searching on the terms. Then, research the exact definition in a dictionary and compare your guesses to the true definitions.
For example, the term colonnade may be unfamiliar. However, once you search on the term and review the images, you may soon guess the definition to be "a series of columns usually supporting one side of a roof," (The Random House Dictionary, Ballantine Books:New York).
In addition, this collection can be used to research individual architects, urban planners, and landscape architects, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Louis Sullivan, as well as other lesser-known individuals listed in the Name Index. The collection can also be used to research specific locations and constructions.