9: An Annotated List of Reference Websites
Arts, Fine and Decorative: Architecture
An interactive site from the National Building
architecture, design, engineering, construction, and planning in the United States.
A Digital Archive of Architecture
Provides architectural images and short descriptive information
organized by time period and style. Maintained by Professor Jeffery
Howe of Boston College.
Glass Steel and Stone – Global
Database contains images and information for monumental structures
such as skyscrapers, bridges, and churches around the world. Organized
by region with information on structures’ architect, cost,
The Great Buildings Collection
Documents buildings and leading architects, with models, photographic
images and architectural drawings, commentaries, bibliographies
and web links.
Catena is a collection of historic and contemporary images of gardens
and landscape collections that include plans, engravings, paintings,
Database and Gallery of Structures
Showcases the works and art of structural engineering and, to some
extent, architecture from around the world. There is a diverse
range of nearly 10,000 structures, from bridges, skyscrapers, and
towers to dams and off-shore structures. Most periods of history
are covered ranging from the pyramids of ancient Egypt and Gothic
cathedrals to the most daring bridges of today. Most sites have
pictures, technical data, other relevant websites and a list of
related literature. It also catalogs over 200 journal titles in
the fields of structural/civil engineering, architecture and construction
with indexing of current issues.
National Register of Historic Places
The National Register of Historic Places is the Nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources. Properties listed in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Society of Architectural Historians
Official website for the "international not-for-profit membership
organization that promotes the study and preservation of the built
environment worldwide." Some online features are fully accessible only
to Society members, but links to various Internet
resources on architectural history are freely available.
Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic
American Engineering Record, 1933-Present
Part of the Library of Congress American
Memory digitization project
this online presentation of the HABS/HAER collections includes
digitized images of measured drawings, black-and-white photographs,
color transparencies, photo captions, and data pages including
written histories and supplemental materials.
Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering
The Center for Architecture, Design, and Engineering was established
in the Library of Congress in 2002 to focus attention on, encourage
support for, and promote the study of the Library's unmatched architecture,
design, and engineering collections, thereby increasing the public's
awareness and appreciation of the achievements of the architecture,
design, and engineering professions and their contributions to
our quality of life.