Comparative Architectural Details

A Selection from Pencil Points 1932-1937

Classical America Series in Art and Architecture


Milton Wilfred Grenfell (Editor)


Architectural details indispensable to everyone in the drafting room today.

Here for the first time in three quarters of a century a series of comparative architectural details is reissued. Once appearing regularly in professional journals, worthy examples of similar building elements by leading architects were one of the most time-tested and fruitful means of improving the practice of architecture. Now for the first time ever, a rare and particularly useful series by 2013 Clem Labine award winner Milton Grenfell, one pairing drawn details with photographs of the built details, has been assembled from dozens of journal issues and bound into one volume. These crisply printed to-scale drawings and companion CD should prove indispensable in the drafting room and vital to the full practice of traditional architecture.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • December 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-73300-6
  • 8.9 × 11.3 in / 280 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“[S]plendid… beautiful and useful… [A]ccessible to all who appreciate thoughtful design and building.” — Period Homes

“[Y]ou need to order this book right away….For each type of problem, you’ll find multiple examples by solid and inventive architects practicing during the interwar period. Each example comes with a photo of the finished result, blissfully accompanied by clearly detailed drawings (so you can see how the result was achieved)….a truly practical aid.” — The Forum, ICA&CA Newsletter

“The increasingly rare craft of architectural detail is essential to a superlative residential plan, as is demonstrated in this inspiring volume.” — Book News

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