National Checklist America Preserved: A Checklist of Historic Buildings, Structures, and Sites Recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey / Historic American Engineering Record. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress Cataloging Distribution Service, 1995.
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Digitizing the Collection Data page images The data pages in the Historic American Building Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey (HABS/HAER/HALS) collections were captured at the Library as digital facsimile images by Systems Integration Group of Lanham, Maryland, using a Minolta PS3000 scanner, a device with an overhead camera design. A series of tests established that the typescripts (from the early period) and...
Articles and Essays
Information about National Park Service documentation standards for the measured drawings, photographs, and written historical and architectural information in the HABS/HAER/HALS collections, as well as highlights from the collections.
The digital images in this feature represent a small fraction of the graphic records in the HABS and HAER collections. They were selected as a sampling of the depth and breadth of the collections and the great variety of structures recorded therein. Many of the structures are still in everyday use; others are gone. One, St. Michael's Cathedral in Alaska, was destroyed in a...
Alabama to Arkansas
Woodward Iron Company Works Site, Woodward, Alabama. Detail of [View of #2 (left) and #1 (right) furnaces with crane track. Photograph by Jack E. Boucher, April 1974.] (Reproduction Number: HAER, ALA, 37-WOOD,1-13)Rich in the primary ingredients for making iron—iron ore, coal and limestone—central Alabama has been a center of iron production since before the Civil War. Many railroad companies and iron manufacturers set up...
California to Delaware
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California. Detail of [General view, looking north, showing the "sea side" of the structure. Photograph by Jet Lowe, 1984.](Reproduction Number: HAER, CAL,38-SANFRA,140-4) An international icon of American engineering genius, the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937 and remains one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. The main span of 4,200 feet crosses the turbulent waters at the...
District of Columbia to Hawaii
Frederick Douglass House, Washington, District of Columbia. Detail of [North elevation looking southwest. Photograph by Walter Smalling, 1977.]Reproduction Number: HABS, DC,WASH,166-12 (CT) Frederick Douglass, a powerful and influential runaway slave, abolitionist, editor, and statesman, purchased this house in 1877. It was preserved as a memorial to Douglass after his death in 1895. The National Park Service restored the house in 1971-72, utilizing HABS documentation...
Idaho to Iowa
Post Office Block (Boise Basin Museum), Idaho City, Idaho. East (front) elevation. Photograph by Duane Garrett, 1976. (Reproduction Number: HABS ID,8-IDCI,10-1) When Idaho City's post office burnt to the ground in 1867, work on this new building began almost immediately. Completed in less than one month, the new post office and general store incorporated many fire-prevention measures, including metal shutters and doors. The new...
Kansas to Maine
Kandt-Domann Farmstead, Barn, Hope Vicinity, Kansas. South front and east side. Photograph by David Johnson, March 29, 1981. (Reproduction Number: HABS, KANS,21-HOPE.V,1-B-2) As with the one-room schoolhouse, the single-family farm complexes that dot the American landscape are symbols of our rural heritage. The simple and straightforward structure of this barn is typical of the utilitarian character of agrarian buildings.
Maryland to Minnesota
Chase-Lloyd House, (Samuel Chase House), Annapolis, Maryland. Front elevation. Photograph by Charles E. Peterson, May 1942. (Reproduction Number: HABS MD,2-ANNA,2-10) This three-story brick mansion was one of many great Georgian mansions built in Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, during the eighteenth century. Begun in 1769 for Samuel Chase, a young lawyer and future signer of the Declaration of Independence, the mansion passed unfinished two...
Mississippi to Nebraska
D'Evereux, Natchez vicinity, Mississippi. Detail of [Ornamental plaster and cast-iron details. Measured drawing delineated by Harry Weir and A.H. Town, February 1934.] (Reproduction Number: HABS, MS-17-6, sheet 7 of 7) Completed in 1840, D'Evereux is an excellent example of the Greek Revival style, an architectural style popular throughout the United States, and especially in the South, before the Civil War. The style is loosely...
Nevada to New Mexico
Liberty Fire House, Gold Hill, Nevada. Exterior view. Photograph by Robert W. Kerrigan, March 1937. (Reproduction Number: HABS NEV,15-GOLD,1-1) This weathered firehouse once served the now-abandoned town of Gold Hill, the frontier mining community associated with the discovery of the Comstock Lode of silver ore in 1859. Gold Hill and neighboring Virginia City profited greatly from the rich lode through the 1860s and 1870s...
New York to Ohio
Beebe Windmill, Bridgehampton, New York. West elevation. Photograph by Jet Lowe, 1978. (Reproduction Number: HAER, NY,52-BRIG,4-1) Measured drawing delineated by Chalmers G. Long, Jr., 1976. (Reproduction Number HAER, NY,52-BRIG,4- Sheet 4 of 6) Floor 4; Brake wheel with iron bevel cogs, cast iron bevel wallower. Photograph by Jet Lowe, 1978. (Reproduction Number: HAER, NY,52-BRIG,4-6) Detail of [Floor 4; Brake wheel with iron bevel cogs,...
Oklahoma to Rhode Island
Dr. Irvin D. Leoser's Log Cabin, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. North (rear) and west elevations. Photograph by Walter Smalling, Jr., October 1979. (Reproduction Number: HABS OKLA,11-TAHL,5-3) This log cabin once belonged to Dr. Irvin D. Leoser, a physician from Pennsylvania who lived among the Cherokee Indians of eastern Oklahoma during the second half of the nineteenth century. In addition to serving the Cherokee community of Tahlequah,...
South Carolina to Texas
Drayton Hall, Charleston vicinity, South Carolina. Detail of [Southwest elevation. Measured drawing delineated by Ken Breuer, 1974.] (Reproduction Number: HABS SC,10-CHAR.V,8, sheet 7 of 14; negative number LC-USZA1-1334) Begun in 1738 for John Drayton, a prominent official and businessman in colonial South Carolina, Drayton Hall is one of the finest and best-preserved Georgian Palladian houses in the nation. Known for its symmetrical design, two-story...
Utah to Washington
Mountain Dell Dam, Salt Lake City, Utah. Detail view of tops of upstream arch barrels. Photograph by Jack E. Boucher, Summer 1971. (Reproduction Number: HAER, UTAH,18-SALCI,22-5) The development of the multiple-arch reinforced concrete dam by engineer John S. Eastwood took advantage of the inherent characteristics of an ancient building form to greatly reduce the needed mass of dams. Inclined, reinforced concrete barrel vaults transfer...
West Virginia to Wyoming
Wheeling Suspension Bridge, Wheeling, West Virginia. View through arch of east tower. Photograph by Jack E. Boucher, March 1977. (Reproduction Number: HAER WVA,35-WHEEL,35-44) The Wheeling Suspension Bridge has been called "the father of American suspension bridges." Designed in 1849 by Charles Ellett as part of the National Road (later U.S. 40), the bridge spans a distance of 1,010 feet across the Ohio River so...
Technical Note on Documentation
The HABS/HAER/HALS documentation standards for quality, content, format, and durability have assured that future generations will be able to consult the records [view documentation guidelines on National Park Service site]. HABS/HAER/HALS records include both formal and informal documentation. Formal documentation consists of information recorded in standard formats: measured drawings, photographs from large-format black-and-white negatives and color transparencies, and written histories. Informal documentation consists of...