And if anyone knows of any books that fit (or sort of fit) the various descriptions posted here, please do tell!! (And provide links, where possible.)
First up, a couple books I've been pining for in recent years (both ideally kinda half "coffee-table" book (with lots of great pictures and diagrams), with a half "semi-serious" scholarly but approachable text)...
1) A rather deep survey of American churches that were designed and build during the first half of the 20th Century (or perhaps up to as late as the 1960's or maybe 70's). The focus should NOT be on "neo"-traditional styles (so no neo-Gothic, please) -- but rather on MODERN styles (or styles that were modern at the time they were built). I'm thinking Prairie Style, Deco (both Zig-Zag and Streamline-Modern), and various post-WWII styles -- and everything in between. (But again, no neo-Gothic, please.)
2) A similar architectural survey book (and similarly deep), but with a focus on Synagogues and other non-Christian places of worship (Mosques, Buddist temples, etc...). This book need not focus exclusively on "modern" styles, but rather a complete survey of architectural styles and a general history of non-Christian places of worship in the U.S., from what I would guess date back to the 19th Century (probably the mid-1800's? -- if the focus was on buildings still in existence), on up through the current decade.
How about you?? What books do you wish existed??
Edited by Rooster_Ties, 01 August 2007 - 11:52 PM.