Architect Asher Benjamin wrote one of the first guides to buildings of American Architecture, published in 1797. He wrote several books on the subject. They have been published in many editions over the years.



The Country Builder's Assistant, 1797 [preview]
The Rudiments of Architecture, 1814 [complete]
The American Builder's Companion, 1816 [complete]
The Practice of Architecture, 1833 [complete]
The Architect, or, Practical House Carpenter, 1844 [complete]


Here is a later anthology of parts of those books:
A Reprint of The Country Builder's Assistant, 1917 [complete]