Apartments for the Affluent: A Historical Survey of Buildings in New York, by Andrew Alpern
“When I was a teenager, I discovered this book in the office of my father, the designer Mark Hampton. It’s a compilation of floor plans from some of the greatest apartment buildings of all time. The logic and the beauty of the timeless designs still inspire me today.”
Recommended by Alexa Hampton, an interior designer and the author of The Language of Interior Design ($50, amazon.com).
To buy: from $45 (used), amazon.com.