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Leicester B. Holland Prize

The Leicester B. Holland Prize is an annual competition that recognizes the best single-sheet measured drawing of an historic building, site, or structure prepared by an individual(s) to the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), or the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). The prize is supported by the Center for Architecture, Design, and Engineering at the Library of Congress and the Heritage Documentation Programs of the National Park Service. The prize honors Leicester B. Holland (1882-1952) who co-found the HABS program in the 1930s and chaired its first advisory board while he was chief of what is now the Prints & Photographs Division at the Library of Congress.

The prize is intended to increase awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of historic sites, structures, and landscapes throughout the United States while adding to the permanent HABS, HAER, and HALS collection at the Library of Congress. By requiring only a single sheet, the competition challenges the delineator to capture and accurately depict the essence of the site through the presentation of key features that reflect its historic and its architectural, landscape architectural or engineering significance. The Holland Prize competition is open to all those interested, regardless of experience or professional background.

The winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize. For more information, see Holland Prize external link.

Public Programs

Note: Please consult the Library's Calendar of Events for upcoming events, including those relating to architecture, design and engineering.

  • Paul Rudolph Centenary Symposium, Friday, October 26, 2018, Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Mumford Room, [view 5 webcasts] [view press release]
  • "Libraries: The Architecture of Community," by Kenneth Breisch for his book American Libraries 1730-1950, Thursday, April 12, 2018, Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, [view webcast] [view press release]
  • Washington Witness Trees, with chief of the HALS, Paul Dolinsky, Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 12 p.m., Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, [view webcast] [view press release]
  • What Makes Architectural Photography Different, with photographer Norman McGrath, Thursday, March 17, 2016, 12 p.m., Library of Congress, James Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, [view webcast]
  • Gardens for a Beautiful America, 1895-1935, with historian Sam Watters, Friday, April 13, 2012, Library of Congress, James Madison Building, West Dining Room, [view webcast]
  • Marvels of Roadside & Main Street America: John Margolies, with John Margolies, Ford Peatross, Gabrielle Esperdy, Phil Patton, Gail Buckland, Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 9:30 a.m., Library of Congress, James Madison Building, Mumford Room, [view webcast]
  • A Discussion with Philip Trager: Architectural Photographer, Thursday, October 6, 2009, 1 p.m., Library of Congress, James Madison Building, Dining Room A, [view webcast]
  • Model City: Buildings and Projects by Paul Rudolph for Yale and New Haven, Tuesday, December 16, 2008, Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, [view webcast]
  • Public Markets, with author Helen Tangiers, Wednesday, December 3, 2008, Library of Congress, James Madison Building, Dining Room A, [view webcast]
  • HABS: Celebrating the Past and Present and Planning for the Future, Friday, November 14, 2008, Library of Congress, James Madison Building, Mumford Room, [webcast for morning session under construction] [view webcast for afternoon session]
  • 150th Anniversary of the J&R Lamb Studios, with Elizabeth Terry and Donald Samick, Wednesday, November 28, 2007, Library of Congress, James Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, [view webcast for morning session], [view webcast for afternoon session]
  • Celebrating two new titles in the W.W. Norton/Library of Congress Visual Sourcebook series: Lighthouses (Sarah Wermiel), and Bridges (Richard L. Cleary, UT, with introduction by Eric Delony), published by W. W. Norton & Company Press in association with the Library of Congress,Wednesday, May 9, 2007, 6:30 pm, Library of Congress, James Madison Building, Madison Hall.
    Co-sponsored by the Center for Architecture, Design; and Engineering, the Publishing Office; the Center for the Book; and the Science, Technology and Business Division in the Library of Congress; the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, and the National Capital Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. [view webcast]
  • Celebrating Theaters by Craig Morrison, published by W. W. Norton & Company Press in association with the Library of Congress
    Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005, 6:30 pm, Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium
    [view webcast] | [view press release]
  • Celebrating Capital Drawings: Architectural Designs for Washington, D.C. from the Library of Congress, newly published by The Johns Hopkins University Press in association with the Library of Congress, Tuesday, October 11, 2005, 6:30 p.m. Library of Congress, James Madison Building, Madison Hall, [view webcast] [view flyer – PDF file requires Adobe Acrobat Reader] [view press release]
  • Celebrating Canals by Robert J. Kapsch, published by W. W. Norton & Company Press in association with the Library of Congress
    Tuesday, October 19, 2004, 6p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Madison Hall
    [view flyer - PDF requires Adobe Acrobat Reader]
  • Celebrating Barns by John Vlach published by W. W. Norton & Company Press in association with the Library of Congress
    Thursday, April 10, 2003, 6 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Madison Hall
    [view webcast] | [view press release]
  • Ground Zero: From Dreams and Schemes to Reality
    Friday, Nov. 1, 2002, 1:30p.m., Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium

Exhibitions

The Center helps sponsor distinguished exhibitions, with related publications, symposia, lectures, and special projects to advance the accessibility and appreciation of the Library's preeminent collections in architecture, design, and engineering.

Three award-winning exhibitions, including continuing on-line versions, have served as models of what the Center is intended to accomplish:

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