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The New York Times Bestseller!

“A beautiful and elegant account of an ordinary man's unexpected and reluctant descent into heroism during the second world war.” —Malcolm Gladwell

An extraordinary novel about a gifted architect who reluctantly begins a secret life devising ingenious hiding places for Jews in World War II Paris, from an author who's been called "an up and coming Ken Follett." (Booklist)

In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission...
Book cover from The Fallen Architect: A Novel by Charles Belfoure
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From the New York Times bestseller of The Paris Architect

Someone has to take the blame.

When the Britannia Theatre's balcony collapses, killing over a dozen people, the fingers point at the architect. He should have known better, should have made it safer, should have done something.

Douglas Layton knows the flaw wasn't in his design, but he can't fight a guilty verdict. When he is finally released from prison, he has nothing: no job, no family, nowhere to go. He needs to...
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Book cover from House of Thieves: A Novel by Charles Belfoure
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"Belfoure's sly, roguish writing opens a window to those living both gilded and tarnished lives... Best of all, Belfoure holds together each and every thread of the novel, resulting in a most memorable, evocative read."―Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review

Gangs of New York meets The Age of Innocence as a society architect in 1880s Manhattan is forced to join a gritty crime ring―from the author of the New York Times bestselling The Paris Architect!

The Debt Must Be Repaid ― or...
Book cover from The Azola Legacy - 50 Years REBUILDING BALTIMORE by Martin P. Azola
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This book, The Azola Legacy - 50 Years REBUILDING BALTIMORE, is a must read for anybody who cares about historic Baltimore. It's not only a primer on some of the most significant parts of our history, it peels back the curtain and gives an insight into the human side of brick, stone and wood. In the chapter on Ruscombe Mansion, for example, we learn the story of Isaac Tyson and his chromium-fueled rise to wealth in the early 1800s at the same time we step into the shoes of the Azola team as...
Book cover from The Baltimore Rowhouse by Charles Belfoure
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Perhaps no other American city is so defined by an indigenous architectural style as Baltimore is by the rowhouse, whose brick facades march up and down the gentle hills of the city. Why did the rowhouse thrive in Baltimore? How did it escape destruction here, unlike in many other historic American cities? What were the forces that led to the citywide renovation of Baltimore's rowhouses? The Baltimore Rowhouse is the fascinating 200-year story of this building type. It chronicles the evolution...
Book cover from Monuments to Money: The Architecture of American Banks by Charles Belfoure
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To understand the evolution of bank design, it is also necessary to grasp the fundamentals of America's banking and financial history, which go hand-in-hand with the creation of bank architecture. While the worldwide evolution of architectural styles played a major factor in the way banks look, developments in the financial history of the nation--depressions, panics, government monetary and banking policy--also played a critical role. With more than 200 photographs and illustrations, this work...
Book cover from Edmund G. Lind: Anglo-american Architect of Baltimore and the South by Charles Belfoure
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The latest in the Baltimore Architectural Foundation series of books about the Architecture of Baltimore features the biography of Edmund G. Lind; whose masterwork, the Library of the Peabody Institute, is one of Baltimore's finest interiors. The book follows the life of Lind as it begins in England and traces his development there and in his adopted homeland of the United States. Lind also designed many buildings in the American South including Atlanta, Georgia and North Carolina.