Reference Works on Architecture


Architectural Periodicals Index. London: British Architectural Library 1972/73-

This index contained no subject headings for Department Stores, Stores, or Commercial Architecture. (Avery shelf location AB AR2522)

Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1979.

Volume four contains only four citations under “Department Stores,” however, volume 14 contained 78 headings under the more general heading of “Store” and 84 on “Department Stores—United States.” Many of these citations were about department stores. (Avery Shelf Location: AC C724)

Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals. Available: ( August 8, 2000.

The online index did not bring up as many citations as found in the print version. Eight citations appeared under Department Stores—History and four citations under Stores—History. Under the author entries Meredith Clausen and Meredith L. Clausen, 5 entries out of 20 were on department stores.

Begeron, Claude. Index des Periodiques d’Architecture Canadiens, 1940-1980 = Canadian Architectural Periodicals Index. Quebec: Presses de Universite Laval, 1986.

Citations B6500-B6693 under the heading “Stores” are includes entries on department stores. Most of these stores are Canadian, though some were built in Great Britain, France, Germany and a few from the United States. (Avery Shelf Location: AA688.B448)

Burnham Index to Architectural Literature. New York: Garland, 1989.

Contains 81 entries on Department stores in Great Britain, Germany, United States, authored between 1900 and 1959. Of all indexes here, this index holds the largest number of entries classified under “Department Stores.” (Avery Shelf Location: AA 2305.Ar75)

Royal Institute of British Architects. RIBA Catalog. Available: ( August 10, 2000.

This catalog revealed relatively few results. Five citations appeared under Department Stores—History and 5 citations under Stores—History.


Van Vynckt, Randall J. and Doreen Yarwood, eds. International Dictionary of Architects and Architecture, vol. 2. Detroit: St. James Press, 1993.

This volume is arranged geographically and then by Architect’s name. Indexes of Architect’s Names and Architectural Works are included. Though no headings of building types are included, one can find department stores in the index of architectural works by finding the geographic heading and then scanning the works listed there. The search turned up Department stores by Erich Mendelsohn, Henry Hobson Richardson and Louis Sullivan. Included are critical articles and bibliographical references with the article. Articles include bibliographies to other helpful sources, Including Von Eckardt, Wittick O’Gorman, Ochsner and Hitchcock, among others. (Pratt Institute Library shelf location: AR 720.3 I61 v. 2.)


Goode, James M. Bibliography of Doctoral Dissertations Relating to American Architectural History, 1897-1991. Philadelphia: Society of Architectural Historians, 1992.

The publication contained nothing classified under department stores, stores, retail. Qualifiers for the heading of commercial architecture did not include retail establishments. Meredith Clausen’s these on the Samaritaine was not indexed. (Avery shelf location: AB B483)