Architecture - American


Miller and Pflueger. McAllister Street Building, San Francisco, ca. 1940 postcard.
Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania.  Information about collection and use of archives.

Architectural Archives website listing. Compiled by Carnegie Mellon University

Architecture Here and There. Blog about classical and traditional architecture by former Providence Journal columnist David Brussat.

Architecturefarm : "Architecture and the ivory tower in the great Midwest."



Arts and Crafts Society. Resources for American Arts and Crafts style architecture.

Arts of the United States. Includes architecture. Photography of the buildings was executed in the mid 20th century.

Blueprint: Chicago. Essays on Chicago architecture.

Calisphere: Images relating to California from California institutions.

Calisphere: Images specifically from the Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915.

Carnegie Mellon University Architecture Archives. Collections document architecture of Pittsburgh, as well as the tri-state region of western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and northern West Virginia.

CAUSEWAY. The Collaborative Architecture, Urbanism, and Sustainability Web Archive. Initiative launched by art and architecture librarians at  a number of universities and colleges to archive websites devoted to the above named topics.

Changing Face of Southern California. Postcard collections from Loyola Marymount University.

Chicago Architecture Data. "Photos and information on thousands of buildings, categorized by style and community area."

Chicago Architecture Info: Guide to information about historical and current architecture in the city.

Chicago History Museum: Catalog and collections online portal to museum collections, including architecture.


Chicago Landmarks. "The City of Chicago's Official Site."


Cinema Treasures: "Your guide to movie theaters."


The Department Store Museum. Online museum of North America's independent department stores.

DesignInform: Internet sources for biographical information on architects and other people in the arts.

Digital Archive of Newark Architecture. Project by the New Jersey Institute of Technology to document the built environment of Newark.

Documenting Modern Living: Digitizing the Miller House and Garden Collection. Ongoing digitization project concerning materials relating to  Eero Saarinen designed house in Columbus, Indiana.

Eames Designs: A Virtual Encyclopedia of All Things Eames.


Everything I Know: "42 Hours of Buckminster Fuller's Visionary Lectures Free Online (1975)."

Fort Moultrie May 1860:  3-D digital recreation of the remnants of the 200-year-old Fort Moultrie in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Includes pages on history, architecture, and weaponry of the fort, a glossary, videos, and digitized photos and prints.






Historic American Buildings Survey at Library of Congress. Search interface. For plans, search on a specific building, then check the Surveys Only box.


Historic Detroit.org : An excellent resource for buildings in Detroit, both extant and demolished.
                                                                              
Historic New England. "Explore historic homes, farms, and landscapes throughout the region."

Historic Places L.A. "The first online information and management system specifically created to inventory, map and help protect the City of Los Angeles' significant historic resources."



Mid-Century Mundane. Site celebrating vernacular, modernist architecture of the 20th century (not the famous stuff).

National Building Museum. Washington, DC.


National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collection. Postcards related to architecture and urban life in the United States.

New York City Municipal Archives. Freely available Luna Insight collection.




Pacific Coast Architecture Database. Contains basic information about individual buildings on the West Coast.


Percival Gallagher Papers, Indianapolis Museum of Art. Finding aid to the papers of prominent landscape architect and partner in Olmsted Brothers firm.

Philadelphia Architects and Buildings. Project supported by the William Penn Foundation.




Preserve Rhode Island. Historical preservation organization.

Providence Preservation Society. Historical preservation organization.
ProvLibDigital . Compiled from eight collections, includes 5000 images of Rhode Island history, including architecture and postcards, which may be FREELY downloaded.




Russell Warren Project. In progress. Will be a "comprehensive database of digitized plans, drawings, and other documentation" of Rhode Island architect Russell Warren.

Ryerson & Burnham Archives: Archival Image Collection. Digital images from all the collections, including important Chicago architects' papers and drawings, World's Fairs material, and artist's papers.

Seaside Research Portal at the University of Notre Dame. "Archiving the First New Urban Community."

Sears Kit Homes. Reproduced on the site of the Arts and Crafts Society.

Skyscraper Museum. Located in NYC, of course!

Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University: Architecture and Industrial Design. Includes papers of Pietro Belluschi, Marcel Breuer, William Lescaze, Richard J. Neutra, Werner Seligmann, Dwight James Baum, Russel Wright, William Dorwin Teague, The Industrial Designers Society of America Records and more.



United States Geological Survey Topographic Map Explorer. Includes maps going back to 1884, can be used to track city growth.


US Modernist Architecture Magazine Library. Free library of digitized of major US 20th century architecture publications.

World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893: The Architects and their Buildings.

                                                                                     
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