Be sure to check out Richard Longstreth’s bibliography, listed under GENERAL, it contains many great sources for information on specific building types.
The Notion of Type in Architecture http://www.salle.url.edu/~madrazo/ethz/phd/introduction/intro.html
20th Century Archeological Sites and Redundant Resources: Why Should We Identify and Record 20th Century Resources. http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/publications/bulletins/01workshop/20_century.htm
Ranch Houses Are All Not the Same, by David Bricker. Available for download at: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/publications/bulletins/suburbs/Bricker.pdf
Call It Home, the House that Private Enterprise Built. CALL IT HOME is a laserdisc history of suburbia from 1934-1960. It collects 55 minutes of running footage from government, industrial and educational films with 3000 stills from related official and ephemeral documents. The disc explores the hyper-capitalistic partnership between the federal government and private enterprise in the 30’s wherein suburban residential fabric became a currency, an economic indicator, and major U.S. industry not unlike the automobile. This site is composed of stills and text from the disc. Visit: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/gsapp/projs/call-it-home/html/
Historic Residential Suburbs: Guidelines for Evaluation and Documentation for the National Register of Historic Places. Great “Resources” section. Available for download at: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/publications/bulletins/suburbs/suburbs-start.htm
A-Frame. “The Mania For A-Frames.” Informative article on this unique building type by Chad Randl, author of the book A-Frame. http://www.oldhousejournal.com/magazine/2004/july/aframes.shtml
“Bright Impertinences”: A History of the Mid-20th Century Plywood Vacation Home Fad” is another great article by the A-Frame authority. http://www.apawood.org/level_b.cfm?content=pub_ewj_arch_f04_plywood
Gringeri-Brown, Michele. Atomic Ranch: Design Ideas for Stylish Homes. Gibbs Smith, Salt Lake City, 2006. Contemporary take on historic building type but also includes information on preservation.
Atomic Ranch Magazine. Atomic Ranch is a new quarterly devoted to 1940s-1970s ranch homes and tract homes. As accurately stated on the magazine’s Web site, “they’re cooler than you think.” Subscription information can be found at: http://www.atomic-ranch.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc
Goldstein, Carolyn M., Do It Yourself: Home Improvement in 20th-Century America, Washington: National Building Museum, and New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1998. Lots of great illustrations.
Hess, Alan. The Ranch House, Harry Abrams, Inc., New York, 2004. Good overview of the history and evolution of ranch houses. Lots of illustrations.
Shopping Mall History
As stated on the site, “this page is intended as a starting point for research into shopping mall history, primarily in the United States. Many shopping centers maintain their own web sites and some include brief historical sketches. The selected links on this page are primarily to general web sites that provide historical overviews. The separate Bibliography provides leads to additional information about shopping centers and mall history.”
Deadmalls.com is a non-for-profit endeavor designed to promote the history of the malls as well as their nature, whether thriving or declining, and the impact of time and competition on these establishments.
Did You Bring Bottles: Supermarket History and Architecture
This site is a testament to the non-professional preservationist. Thus far in my career, I have encountered only one endangered supermarket. At the time I didn’t know about this resource. Site author, David Gwynn’s thoughtful and thorough documentation of a rapidly disappearing building type is an excellent model for a type based survey. Great photos too.
Roadside Peek. On-line catalog of Roadside Resources. Search by region and type. http://www.roadsidepeek.com/
The Patent Room. Features selected images from original patent drawings filed for diners, gas stations and novelty buildings. Good source to locate drawings, then you can search the United States Government Patent and Trademark Office Website http://www.uspto.gov/patft/index.html and see the full-text and drawings.
Valentines were small diners manufactured in Wichita, Kansas from the late 1930s into the mid-1970s. Sales of the buildings expanded nationwide, and Valentines soon were all over the United States. The diners often were located along major highways, and many of them are still in use today. Great example of documenting extant examples of a specific property type. Lots of great images.
Jakle, John, and Keith A. Sculle, Fast Food: Roadside Restaurants in the Automobile Age, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.
Jakle, John, and Keith A. Sculle, The Gas Station in America: Creating the North American Landscape, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994. Excellent book tracing the history and evolution of the gas station. Excellent for understanding context.
Jakle, John, and Keith A. Sculle and Jefferson Rogers, The Motel in America, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996
Langdon, Philip, Orange Roofs, Golden Arches: The Architecture of American Chain Restaurants, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986
Liebs, Chester, Main Street to Miracle Mile: American Roadside Architecture, 1985, reprint ed., Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995
Mattson, Richard, “Store Front Remodeling on Main Street,” Journal of Cultural Geography 3 (Spring-Summer 1983), 41-55