See Dozens of Historical Architecture Books for Free Online Gratitude to New Library Exhibition

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library in Buffalo, New York, recently opened a new exhibition at their central library called Building Buffalo: Buildings From Books, Books From Buildings. The exhibition will include a wide selection of rare and illustrated books from the Library's collection dating from the fifteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. The bonus for those who are geographically distant from Buffalo is that, as part of the exhibition, the Library has also created dozens of historical books available online, fully digitized and free to the public.

The free exhibition began May 1 and will run until March 2018 in the Rare Book Room of the Buffalo Central Library. The books included in the exhibition were organized to present the cultural heritage that inspired the design of the built environment in and around Buffalo, New York. The three architectural historians who organized the exhibition were those who revealed the (previously
unknown) depth of the collection, over 400 books on architecture and landscape design. The books were originally assembled as a resource for architects and residents in the booming city of Buffalo and served as inspiration for much of the city's design.

The subject of the books available for viewing is extensive, including some of Frederick Law Olmsted's reading titles, Buffalo's local author's books, books that show how designers have contemplated the future and predicted Effects of the skyscrapers and much more. A complementary catalog of the exhibition was also published in memory of a local architect, Theodore "Ted" Lownie (1936-2017), which details the collection of the Library and also describes the illustrations of the exhibition . The catalog is available for purchase through the Library and online.

Also online as part of the exhibition is a long list of books from the collection that have been digitized and are available to the public to read for free. The books included in the online collection cover a range of years from the late 1400s to the early 20th century, as well as physical exhibits. One of the highlights is John Ruskin's The Stones of Venice, printed in 1851, a detailed examination of Venetian art and architecture, including examples of more than eighty churches. Another notable inclusion is the lectures on the architecture of Viollet-le-Duc, in which he writes about his (very controversial at the time) approach to architecture and architectural education. Finally, but certainly not the least, the 10 books on Vitruvius architecture are also available - the English translation is not included, but the digitized version contains original artwork from Publication 1660 that is worth looking at .

The list of books online (with links) can be found here.

Buffalo Building: Books Buildings, Books of Buildings



01 May 2017 08h30

30 March 2018 18h00

Central Library Rare Books Room

1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203, United States

The exhibition and the BUILDING BUFFALO catalog were made possible thanks to the generous support of the Baird Foundation, Catherine Flickinger Schweitzer, Gray Schweitzer, Donald H. Cloudsley Foundation, Julian R. & Varue Oishei Foundation, Watts Architecture & Engineering, Weissman Family Foundation, Wayne & Janet Wisbaum and the Nicholas Bodnar Estate.

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