Glossary of Architectural Elements

A glossary produced within Historic Preservation section of the Planning and Development Department for the website to further educate the general public regarding architectural elements pertinent to the identification of Houston’s built environment. These terms are often discussed by the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission.

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HAHC Education Committee
Betty Chapman
Penny Jones
Mike Vance
Randy Pace

City of Houston Staff
Diana DuCroz, Senior Planner
Thomas McWhorter, Senior Planner
Joy Tober, Planner
Courtney Spillane, Planner
Kathryn Lee, Intern


Fleming, John, Hugh Honour, and Nikolaus Pevsner. The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. London: Penguin Books, 2000.
Harris, Cyril. Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture. New York: Dover Publications, 1977.
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2010.

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