About.com: This contains numerous useful sections on North American architecture, including:
Home Style Guide:
Architectural Timeline: http://architecture.about.com/cs/historicperiods/a/timeline.htm
Pictorial Dictionary of House Styles in North America: http://architecture.about.com/od/periodsstyles/ig/House-Styles/
Architecture Guide: http://www.realtor.org/rmoarchitecture_guide/architectureguidehomepage
Realtor.com’s architecture page, which includes a pictorial guide to Residential House Styles:
Buffalo Architecture and History:
Created by Chuck LaChiusa and devoted to Buffalo, New York, and its architectural heritage, it contains an extensive Illustrated Architectural Dictionary:
And guide to Architectural Styles (http://www.buffaloah.com/a/archsty/index.html)
Created from the collection of Professor Emeritus John Bland, of McGill University, who was instrumental in creating the course The History of Architecture in Canada, is the first of its kind in the country.
It contains a Glossary:
And a section on Nova Scotia:
Built Heritage Resource Guide:
This is a section in the Virtual Archives portion of the Nova Scotia Archives &
Records Management website.
It includes pages on House Styles: http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/builtheritage/results.asp?Search=&SearchList1=3
Destroyed Built Heritage: http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/builtheritage/results.asp?Search=&SearchList1=4
as well as a list of Further Readings: http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/builtheritage/readingwriting.asp
Canada’s Historic Places:
Federal-provincial website devoted to Canadian historic places, containing the Canadian Register of Historic Places:
Featuring many national, provincial, and municipally registered sites, the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada: http://www.historicplaces.ca/nor-sta/norm-stan_e.aspx
And Why protect historic places?
A printable version of the Standards and Guidelines is available here (Registering Your Heritage Building>Documents>Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada).
Historic Places Initiative Program: http://www.gov.ns.ca/tch/heritage_historicplaces.asp
Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture, and Heritage website for the Historic Places Initiative, including contact information.
Maitland Heritage Conservation District Plan & By-Law: http://www.easthants.ca/dev/bylaws/maitcondist.pdf
Maitland is a community in the Municipality of the District of East Hants; this document contains information about the construction and design of heritage buildings, complete with many illustrations. Noteworthy pages are (7-11, 17, 45-72).
Nova Scotia Heritage Trust
Formed in 1959 to "arrest the random decimation of Nova Scotia’s built heritage", it publishes the quarterly magazine The Griffin, and contains articles on heritage homes.
Nova Scotia Heritage Properties
Nova Scotia Historic Places Initiative
This website for the Historic Places Initiative contains a Registry of Heritage Property, including all Municipally Registered Properties, as well as Conservation Resources: http://nshistoricplaces.ca/conservation_resources/index.shtml
This website about old homes includes a House Style Guide with Examples: http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/architecture/style_level1.php?id=0
Created by Shannon Kyles of Mohawk College, it contains a photographic listing of Building Styles:
Town of Truro
The Town of Truro website has a large section on heritage buildings, including a section on Building Styles:
Their Heritage Conservation Design Guidelines contain explanations of historic building designs, as well as a list of definitions and a listing of common Truro architectural styles, typical of most Nova Scotian towns, which includes a photo to illustrate each example.
V&A Architectural Style: http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/architecture/style_level1.php?id=0
The Victoria & Albert Museum in the United Kingdom has an illustrated site of key features of architectural styles.
A Virtual Tour of the Architectural Heritage of Antigonish, Nova Scotia: http://people.stfx.ca/lstanley/history/menu.htm
Created by Professor Laurie Stanley-Blackwell of St. Francis Xavier University for the course "A Cultural and Intellectual History of Canada", it contains useful information on small town architecture in Nova Scotia, including Common Architectural Styles and Glossary of Terms: http://people.stfx.ca/lstanley/History/glossary.htm
Wikipedia is a valuable resource that can be used to look up many architectural terms or styles. In addition to articles on specific terms or styles, the following pages may be useful:
Outline of architecture:
Glossary of architecture
History of architecture
Index of architecture articles http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Index_of_architecture_articles
List of house styles
Timeline of architectural styles http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_architectural_styles
Yarmouth Community Heritage:
This website is part of a project by the Joint Heritage Advisory Committee of the Town of Yarmouth and the Municipality of the District of Yarmouth.
It contains a pictorial Guide to Built Heritage: http://www.yarmouthheritage.org/pages/guide/guide.html
Selected DesBrisay Museum Resources:
Busy East of Canada, The. Bridgewater on the Beautiful LaHave, 75th Anniversary Reprint. Liverpool: Morton’s, 1993.
DesBrisay, M. B. History of the County of Lunenburg. Milton: Global Heritage Press,
Friends of the DesBrisay Museum and Bridgewater Heritage & Historical Society. One
Hundred Years: A Pictorial History of Bridgewater. Bridgewater: Lighthouse, 1999.
Harlow, Audrey. The History of Bridgewater: the story of Bridgewater Nova Scotia.
Bridgewater: DesBrisay Museum Trustees, 1967.
Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia. South Shore Seasoned Timbers, Volume 2. Halifax:
Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, 1974.
Heritage Unit of the Nova Scotia Department of Culture, Fitness, and Recreation. A Nova
Scotian’s Guide to Built Heritage: Architectural Styles 1604-1930. Halifax: Heritage Unit of the Nova Scotia Department of Culture, Fitness, and Recreation.
Penney, Allen. Houses of Nova Scotia: An illustrated guide to Architectural Style
Recognition. Halifax: Formac, 1989.
Plaskett, Bill and Selig, Gary. Historical Perspectives on a Modern Town: A Tour of
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, as part of “Seminars ‘85” Federation of Nova Scotian Heritage. Bridgewater: DesBrisay Museum, 1985.
Ricketts, Shannon; Maitland, Leslie; Hucker, Jacqueline. A Guide to Canadian
Architectural Styles, Second Edition. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2003.
Rosinski, Maud. Architects of Nova Scotia: A Biographical Dictionary, 1605-1950. Nova
Scotia: Province of Nova Scotia, Department of Municiple Affairs, Heritage Section, 1994.
Sheppard, Tom. Historic Bridgewater: Images of our Past. Halifax: Nimbus, 2008.
The following list identifies various fundamental books on Nova Scotia's built heritage.
Archibald, Stephen, and Sheila Stevenson. Historic Houses of Nova Scotia, 2003.
Carter, Margaret (Parks Canada). Researching Heritage Buildings, 1983.
Department of Culture, Recreation & Fitness, Heritage Unit. A Nova Scotian's Guide to
Built Heritage: Architectural Styles, 1604-1930, 1985.
Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia. Researching a building in Nova Scotia, 1984.
Kimball, Fiske. Domestic Architecture of the American Colonies and of the Early
Republic. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1922. Republished Dover Publications, 1966 and following.
Latremouille, Joann. Pride of Home: The working class housing tradition in Nova
Scotia, 1749-1949. Formac, 1989.
Martin, Margaret Burn, "Deeds and documentation of early Nova Scotian buildings" in
Nova Scotia Museum's The Occasional, vol. 3, no. 1, Summer 1975, pp. 10-20.
Pacey, Elizabeth. Landmarks: historic buildings of Nova Scotia.
Penney, Allen. Houses of Nova Scotia: an illustrated guide to architectural style
Rifkind, Carole. A Field Guide to American Architecture. New American Library, 1980.
Rosinski, Maud. Architects of Nova Scotia: a biographical dictionary, 1605-1950, 1994.
Wallace, Arthur W. An Album of Drawings of Early Buildings in Nova Scotia. Heritage
Trust of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Museum, 1976.
Suggested in A Nova Scotian’s Guide to Built Heritage Architectural Styles, 1604-1930:
Abell, Walter. “An Introduction to Canadian Architecture”. Canadian Geographic
Humphreys, Barbara A. and Meredith Sykes. The Buildings of Canada: a guide to pre-
20th-century styles in houses, churches and other structures. Montreal: Parks Canada / Reader's Digest, 1974.
Rosinski, Maud. “A Study of Nova Scotia Architects”. Halifax Heritage Unit of the Nova
Scotia Department of Culture, Fitness, and Recreation, 1982.