- A Digital Archive of American Architecture
Developed by Prof. Jeffery Howe at Boston College for an architecture survey course at Boston College, this site contains over 1,500 images of American architecture.
- Adrew Dickson White Architectural Photographs Collection
Cornell University is home to over 13,000 photographs of early nineteenth and twentieth century buildings from the United States, Mexico, Greece, the Middle East and Europe.
- Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent
Containing over 3,500 images plus 54 hours of audio from 45 countries, this resource was compiled by scholars, librarians and subject specialists at the University of Wisconsin
- American Memory at the Library of Congress
Contains over 5 million digitized images of American historical materials, including drawings, maps, and photographs.
- Ancient Rome 3D
is a digital recreation of over 7,000 buildings during the reign of Constantine (circa 320 CE).
- Ancient Theater Archive
Created by Thomas G. Hines at Whitman College, this website serves as a comprehensive reference source for Greco-Roman theaters in the Mediterranean. The site includes a glossary of classical architectural terms, maps, histories, theater measurements, audience capacity, panoramas, location of the archaeological archives, and plans with restoration overlays.
- Arcade: New York Art Resource Consortium
Arcade combines material and cultural history documents from the Frick Art Reference Library and the libraries of the Museum of Modern Art and Brooklyn Museum, making 800,000 visual and textual records available for public use.
A comprehensive and commercial image resource for architecture, interiors, and design.
Images, aerial maps, and information pertaining to 14,000 built and unrealized projects from the 20th century.
Archiplanet is a community-constructed collection of information on buildings and building culture worldwide. Archiplanet uses a wiki-style approach to collaboration.
This mashup of Google Maps and Freebase – an open and collaborative database of the world’s knowledge – allows a user to search by location or by architect and view the information plotted on a map.
News, discussion forums, and images of significant buildings in North America and Europe.
- Architectural League Podcasts
Architectural League podcasts, both audio and video, document the League’s ongoing lecture series featuring leading figures in architecture and design from around the world.
- Architectural Legacy of Herbert Miller Green
The architectural drawings, project lists, newspaper clippings and photographs represented in this digital collection were culled from the Alexander Architectural Archive.
Architectural online community with a focus on Muslim cultures and civilizations.
- Art and Architecture - Images from the Courtauld Institute of Art
Over 40,000 images of art and architecture from the collections of the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.
- Art Images for College Teaching
Offering 1,110 images with a focus on ancient, medieval, and Renaissance European art and architecture, AICT is an image exchange resource for the educational community.
- Art in Context
This online reference library contains an extensive listing of artists with links to exhibition history and gallery representation.
- Art Institute of Chicago Architecture Collections
Access to over 500 digital images, including architectural drawings and fragments, "System of Architectural Ornament" by Louis Sullivan, and the Bertrand Goldberg Archives.
- Art Institute of Chicago: Chicago Architects Oral History Project
PDF files of interviews with almost eighty architects who helped build Chicago in the 20th century.
Images of art and architecture from Japan, India, Cambodia, and the Mediterranean Basin.
Digital library with approximately 750,000 images of art, architecture, and archeology. Subscription is available to UT affiliates with an EID.
- Asian Historical Architecture
Ranging from monumental to vernacular architecture, this site contains over 10,000 images of 677 sites in sixteen countries.
- Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
The Index contains records describing articles in over 1,000 periodicals in the field of architecture and related disciplines.
- Basel Mission Picture Archive
The photographs in this archive, taken by Swiss Missionaries between 1850 and 1950, document architecture and material culture from around the world with a particular focus on India.
- Built in America
This online presentation of the HABS/HAER collections includes 35,000 digitized images of measured drawings, black-and-white photographs, color transparencies, photo captions, data pages including written histories, and supplemental materials.
CAMEO is a searchable encyclopedia developed at the Conservation and Collections Management Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It contains chemical, physical, visual, and analytical information on over 10,000 historic and contemporary materials used in the conservation, preservation, and production of artistic, architectural, and archaeological materials.
- Canadian Architectural Archives
With a fully searchable collection of over 10,000 images, this collection shows the birth of the modern Canadian city. It also contains bios of 40 architects and firms active in Canada.
- Castles of Japan
High quality images of castles from the Medieval to Edo Period.
- Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection
Taken by amateur photgrapher Charles Weever Cushman between 1938 and 1969, these images document an amazing cross-section of American and international subjects, from inner-city storefronts and industrial landscapes to candid portraits.
- Chicago Landmarks
Created by the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, this site features historically significant buildings and architects active in Chicago. You can locate landmarks by name or location, take an online tour, or search a database containing over 17,000 properties of historical significance.
- Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project
The Council of Independent Colleges has developed the Historic Campus Architecture Project (HCAP), a database that organizes university sites by type, style, designer, function and time period. This database currently includes information for campus master plans, buildings and landscapes at nearly 400 institutions of higher learning.
- Curating the City
The project includes an interactive tour of Los Angeles' Wilshire Boulevard, a street home to many architectural styles and diverse communities.
DASE is a collaborative digital media repository/search engine/slideshow maker/rss feed creation tool. Material on this site may be used for educational purposes by current faculty, students, and staff of The University of Texas at Austin. Provides access to materials, licensed or otherwise, for which the copyright is held by owners other than the university.
- Digital Imaging Project
Over thirteen thousand images of architecture and sculpture from antiquity to the present compiled by Mary Ann Sullivan of Bluffton University.
- Flickr: The Commons
a digital space where cultural heritage organizations, including the Library of Congress and the Brooklyn Museum, have published holdings from their photography archives.
Initially created by graduates and students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, this site features images, information, and travel guides for buildings across Europe, North and South American, and Asia.
- Ghost Metropolis: Los Angeles, 1542-2000
USC Professor of History and Political Science Philip Ethington uses two forms of narrative in Ghost Metropolis: Los Angeles, 1954-2000 to investigate the city's history in terms of cultural, economic and political landscapes. Yet unfinished, the site presently includes three short essays focusing on the history of Hollywood, aeronautics and the oil industry in Los Angeles complemented by a photographic narrative featuring images of Klansmen and tire workers alongside those of Hollywood fame and photos of the city's Case Study houses by Julius Schulman. In addition, an interactive map allows for quick location of sites within the greater Los Angeles area.
Images of over 1,000 significant buildings throughout the world.
GreenHomeGuide connects users with information about how to create sustainable homes and gardens.
- Grove Dictionary of Art
An enhanced electronic version of the print Grove Dictionary of Art providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource on art. Includes updates to the existing 41,000 articles of the print edition as well as over 15,000 links to the web sites of museums and galleries around the world with more than 100,000 color images.
- Historic Campus Architecture Project
The HCAP is the first national architecture and landscape database of independent college and university campuses.
- Historic Illustrations of Art and Architecture
This collection from the University of Michigan features engravings, line drawings, and plans of ancient sites that were published in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
- Huntington Archive Black and White Photograph Collection of Asian Art
This digital collection holds approximately 30,000 images of Asian art and architecture. Countries included in this collection are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma) Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
- ICCROM Image Collection
The International Centre for the Study and Restoration of Cultural Property has compiled over 200,000 images of historic architecture, plans and drawings as well as conservation missions undertaken by ICCROM's staff.
- Idée Labs
Idée Labs has created image search tools including the Multicolour Search Lab that utilizes up to ten different colors to access images in both Alamy and Flickr. Two additional search tools access images in Alamy including the tag-based Visual Search Lab, and image-based BYO Image Search Lab.
- Los Angeles and the Problem of Urban Historical Knowledge
USC Professor of History and Political Science Philip Ethington developed this website to confront the issues that plague urban historical investigations of Los Angeles. The site content examines the city through images and, essays both historical and historiographical, to treat the subject comprehensively. The content includes photographs, plans, models, maps, photomontages, and "reflexive index sets," historic images grafted onto a present-day photograph to demonstrate the scope of site history.
- Material ConneXion
Database containing over 1,400 materials and processes which can be accessed online by UT affiliates.
- Materials Lab
The School of Architecture's Matrials Lab offers information on material composition, manufacturing, fabrication and emerging materials and contains over 12,000 building and design material samples.
Mi Modern Architecture is a user-generated database that covers international contemporary buildings (over 2,000). Use it as a research tool or as a guide for planning an architectural tour of a city.
- National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
advances the application of science and technology to historic preservation by working in the fields of archeology, architecture, landscape architecture and materials conservation.
- National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collection
This digital image collection includes unique images of people and places from the turn of the twentieth century that provide evidence of buildings no longer in existence or which have changed over time.
- Nolli Map of Rome
an interactive website allows you to explore Rome’s natural environment, demographics, infrastructure and architecture
- Northern Italian Sketchbook Project
Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s (1868-1928) sketches of Northern Italy during his tour of the continent in 1891.
- NYPL Digital Gallery: Cities and Buildings
Digital images of architecture, cityscape, infrastructure, monuments, town life.
- Olmsted Research Guide
a database that provides access to archival materials - drawings, plans and correspondence - that relate to the landscape design of Frederick Law Olmsted, his sons, John Charles Olmsted and Frederick Law Olmsted Junior.
- Online Archive of California
The OAC facilitates and provides access to primary sources and their digital facsimiles, including maps, architectural and engineering records held in libraries, museums, archives, and other institutions across California.
- Oregon State Photo Archives on Flickr Commons
Oregon State University is the first university to release images from its photo archives to Flickr Commons. Photo sets focus on natural resources, environmental history, forestry, and agriculture, and will be supplemented over time.
- Parks & Gardens UK
An image database of historic parks, gardens and designed greenspaces in the United Kingdom
- Perseus Digital Library
Tufts University's Perseus Digital Library features a collection of primary and secondary sources for the study of ancient Greece and Rome, including over 56,000 images.
- Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project (PAB)
Internet database of architectural and historical information and images for over 35,000 structures, mostly in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. PAB incorporates information from more than 25 Philadelphia-area repositories
- Photographs from the German Federal Archive
Available on the Wikimedia Commons, this collection of over 100,000 photographs document the political and personal lives of Germans over the course of the twentieth century. Examples of the built environment are also included.
- Place Matters
Places Matters Census provides images of and personal histories surrounding historic buildings in New York.
- Project for Public Spaces Image Collection
PPS maintains an image collection of markets, parks, buildings, transportation, and people interacting with their environment.
- Russian Utopia: A Depository
An online archive of a Russian museum which collects compact representations of Soviet projects that never came to fruition.
- S. Charles Lee Papers
includes drawings and photographs of the works of this prolific designer of Art Deco movie theaters on the west coast and in Mexico. From the UCLA Digital Library.
- Sacred Destinations
A guide to sacred places, pilgrimage sites, and religious art, covering over 1,250 places in 61 countries. User generated photographs, maps, travel guides and brief histories enrich the web resource.
- Save Wright
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy hosts a listing - Wright on Market - of Wright buildings currently on the market. To ensure quality preservation of each site, Wright on Market promotes conservation awareness and assists in real estate transactions by seeking conscientious buyers.
- Save Wright: Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy website includes a number of resources. These include a narrative and photographic biography, an interactive map linking to Wright projects, and links to other sites focusing on Wright as well as websites for individual Wright buildings.
- Society of Architectural Historians Image Exchange
Member submitted images of significant sites from the Ancient to Modern eras.
- Spiro Kostof Lectures
Podcasts for the lectures of this architectural historian's final class in 1991 at UC Berkeley, "A Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism." Topics run from the Florentine Rennaisance to the post modernism of the 20th century.
- Stanford Digital Forma Urbis Romae Project
Carved on the walls of the Templum Pacis between 203-211 CE, the map of Rome includes extremely detailed floor plans of everything from public baths to apartments.
international database and gallery of structures, indexed by construction method, material, year of completion, and geographical area.
- TARO: Texas Archival Resources Online
TARO makes descriptions of the rich archival, manuscript, and museum collections in repositories across the state available to the public. The site consists of the collection descriptions or "finding aids" that archives, libraries, and museums create to assist users in locating information in their collections.
- The Alley Flat Initiative
Created by the University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development, the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation, and the Austin Community Design and Development Center,the Alley Flat Initiative has proposed affordable, adaptable, and sustainable housing options for East Austin residents.
- The Amiens Cathedral Project
This site allows for on-line exploration of the building and includes computer graphics, photography, and architectural drawings. It is an ongoing project of Columbia University's Digital Design Lab and Art History and Archaeology Departments.
- The Giza Archives Project
Containing excavation photographs, expedition diary entries, maps, and digitized books and articles, this site aims to become the world's central repository for the archaeological history of the Giza site.
- The Petra Great Temple Excavation
Provides site plans and images of the Great Temple in Petra, Jordan. The site is administered by Brown University and the excavation is under the direction of Professor Martha Sharp Joukowsky.
- Tiny House Design
This website covers the small house movement, what it’s like to live and build dwellings under 1,000 square feet as well as resources and plans for sustainable design and socially conscious architecture.
- UNESCO World Heritage
A searchable database of the 878 sites deemed to have universal value by UNESCO.
- United States Geological Survey
This site contains links to geologic information, maps, and geospatial data.
- University of Texas at Austin: School of Architecture Visual Resources Collection Image Catalog
Links to over 65,000 digital images and 144,000 catalog records in the School of Architecture's Visual Resources Collection at The University of Texas at Austin.
Comprised of over 100,000 images, Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) image database is an online resource for the visual arts.
- Wikimedia Commons
With content that is created and maintained by volunteers, Wikimedia Commons provides a central repository for freely licensed photographs, diagrams, animations, music, spoken text, video clips, and media of all sorts.
- World Heritage Tour
Panographies (360 degree imaging) of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
- World Heritage Tours
UNESCO World Heritage sites in 360 degree imaging
Links to over 50,000 images of visual culture, including art and architecture, at the California State University IMAGE Institute for Education and Research.
Internet search engine for finding free-to-use photographs and images. The advance search options include a color search feature.