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Dr. Richard W. Longstreth (born 4 March 1946, Pasadena) is an architectural historian and a professor at George Washington University where he directs the a program in historic preservation.
Total Books: 9
Longstreth received an A.B. in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968, and a Ph.D. in architectural history from the University of California, Berkeley in 1977. He taught at Kansas State University before joining the George Washington University faculty in 1983.
Longstreth's career has focused in two areas: architectural history and historic preservation. His early scholarly work focused on the late nineteenth century architects of the San Francisco Bay Area and led to his book On the Edge of the World: Four Architects in San Francisco at the Turn of the Century (1983), but more recently he has focused on architecture in relationship to the decentralization of American cities. His book, City Center to Regional Mall: Architecture, the Automobile, and Retailing in Los Angeles, 1920-1950, won the 1997 "Abbott Lowell Cummings Award" from the Vernacular Architecture Forum, the 1997 "Lewis Mumford Prize" of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, and the 1999 "Spiro Kostof Award" of the Society of Architectural Historians.
Longstreth has also been deeply involved in historic preservation both as teacher and as activist and consultant. He has taken an active role in preservation efforts in the Washington, DC area.
Longstreth has served as president of the Society of Architectural Historians. He has chaired the Maryland Governor's Consulting Committee on the National Register of Historic Places. He was first vice president of the Vernacular Architecture Forum in 1989-91, has been a trustee of the National Building Museum, and has served as a board member of Preservation Action.