The Museum Bookshop
Interested in reading more about the great department stores, shopping centers, architecture?
Browse the bookstore. No need to search all over the place . . . The Department Store Museum has hand selected items for their quality and value. Check back soon; items are being added all the time.
Wanamaker's Meet Me at the Eagle
Michael Lisicky's latest book - a spellbinding history of Wanamaker's in New York and Philadelphia, a fine follow-up to his work on Hutzler's.
A feature selection of The Department Store Museum. Highly recommended, probably the best book about any single store. Beautifully compiled and written, profusely illustrated. Read it and you'll shout "Bravo!" for Michael Lisicky's achievement.
Harzfeld's A Brief History
A splendid history of a beloved Kansas City store. Engaging text and illustrations.
One of the most informative of the Arcadia series, this book documents Detroit's Great J.L. Hudson Co. with illustrations and interesting facts.
A hardcover color volume which explores the history and culture of Chicago's Marshall Field & Company
A reprint of a 1950s history of Marshall Field & Company. Highly recommended, full of anecdotes.
This Arcadia book gives a very endearing overall perspective about Seattle's most legendary store.
The Arcadia series' offering on Dayton's of Minneapolis. Contains a history, pictures inside and out, advertisements.
Another of the Arcadia series - this one chronicles the iconoclastic retailer from Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The Higbee Company and the Silver Grille
Paperback volume covering the beloved Cleveland store and its famous tenth-floor eatery. Includes recipes. Well-illustrated. The Higbee Company and The Silver Grille: More Memories, More Recipes
Marshall Field's A Building Book
A small but beautiful examination of the architecture of Marshall Field & Company.
A definitive work on the architecture of Chicago's Carson Pirrie Scott & Co. store, designed by Louis Sullivan.
Carson Pirie Scott: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Department Store (Chicago Architecture and Urbanism)
BOOKS ABOUT DEPARTMENT STORES
A highly entertaining and readable study of American department stores from a cultural history viewpoint. Again, highly rewarding and a great accomplishment.
The Grand Emporiums by Robert Hendrickson.
Long out-of-print and somewhat quirky. In spite of errors, questionable grammar, and a general lack of organization, this book remains a "must-read" for anyone interested in the American department store. Grand Emporiums: The Illustrated History of America's Great Department Stores
The American Department Store Transformed 1920-1960
Absolutely new; a magnificent history of American department stores and how they expanded in the 20th century. Many unique illustrations and very readable, engaging text. By all means, read this book if you have any interest in the American department store.
BOOKS ABOUT SHOPPING CENTERS
A discussion of what makes shopping malls so compelling in American culture.
A 472-page volume examining the history and practice of shopping centers and stores from an architectural design standpoint.
Posted by BAK