HIST198 History of American Architecture

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Historic Preservation

I. Course Number and Title
HIST198 History of American Architecture
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
A survey of American architectural styles with emphasis on Bucks County's role in this development.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    1. To define and identify basic architectural terms;
    2. To identify standard architectural styles;
    3. To understand how Bucks County architecture reflects national architectural styles;
    4. To read the visual landscape of Bucks County; and
    5. To instill an interest in architecture that transcends this course.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Architecture of the early colonies, 17th and early 18th century
    2. Georgian and Federal periods, c.1740 - c.1830
    3. The Revival: Greek, Roman, Gothic, Italianate, c.1830 - c.1860
    4. Romanesque, Richardson, Revival, Second Empire, Beaux Arts, Second Renaissance Revival, c.1860 - c.1920
    5. Queen Ann, Stick, Shingle, Colonial Revival, Sullivanesque, Neo-classism, c.1880 - c.1920
    6. Spanish Revival, Prarie, American 4-Square, Bungalow, Art Deco, International, Modernism, c.1890 - present
    7. Vernacular architecture, diffusion, and migration
    8. Barns and outbuildings, Industrial structures
    9. Villages, towns, and cities
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 2/99; New Core 8/2015