Reading List


Who Preserves? The Protection of Historic Places in Growing and Struggling Communities,Tom Urbaniak, Cape Breton University


Research on Structures

Architecture of the Picturesque in Canada

This study by Janet Wright is one of a series of studies that was prepared by Parks Canada on various architectural styles and tastes that have influenced Canadian building of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It was published in 1984.

Occasional Papers in Archaeology and History No. 9. Ottawa: Parks Canada, 1974. (PDF) Contains 2 Substantial Articles of interest.

  •  The Canadian Lighthouse. Canadian Historic Sites:  by Edward F. Bush. This study traces the evolution of the Canadian lighthouse from the first structure at Louisbourg to the latest developments in lighthouse design and technology within the past decade. The treatment is regional, with emphasis on the older extant structures. An appendix lists data on individual lighthouses within regional agencies.
  • Halifax Waterfront Buildings: An Historical Report, by Susan Buggey – The study attempts to explain and document
    the historical role and associations of a complex of 19th-century Halifax waterfront buildings – in the Area now known as Historic Properties. It undertakes as well to distinguish their architectural features and structural alterations.


Building Technology Heritage Library (BTHL)  is a collection of American and Canadian, pre-1964 architectural trade catalogs, house plan books and technical building guides