With more than 581,000+ architectural drawings, photos, and documents, for you to download and use as you please, I couldn’t keep this incredible resource a secret any longer. The HABS (Historical American Buildings Survey) along with HAER (engineering), and HALS (landscape) are a collection of building surveys from the American architectural, engineering, building and landscape culture maintained by the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The program was born in the 1930’s during the Great Depression as a means to put unemployed architects to work with a mission to preserve and document the architectural heritage of America. Since then, the archive has catalogued more than 43,000 individual structures and more are added each year.
In it, you’ll find high res photographs, charts, descriptions,
I use it for: creative inspiration, precedent research, to improve my architectural drawing, graphics and delineation techniques, and to study details from some of America’s most famous works of architecture. And, if you’re searching for thesis topics, look no further. Simply search under ‘Subjects’ and you’ll see a list of every building typology you can imagine (and a few you didn’t know existed!)
HABS can be found here: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/hh/
That first architecture class, the one I slept through? To be fair, it was a slide lecture given at 8am, in a dark lecture hall…no amount of coffee would’ve helped…
Cheers…thanks for watching!
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