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Finding Plans in Journals


* Check the boxes under "Document features" for "Drawings", "Elevations", "Models" and "Plans".

Online Resources

HABS/HAER/HALS (1933-Present): The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections online collections include measured drawings, black-and-white photographs, color transparencies, photo captions, data pages including written histories, and supplemental materials. Since the National Park Service's HABS, HAER, and HALS programs create new documentation each year, digital images will continue to be added to the online collections. 

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Tall Buildings Database: Contains information on 10,000+ buildings – including height information, number of floors, function, structural material, location, professions involved, building images etc. This information is free for download and searchable by a number of parameters, including year, location, type etc. Users can create their own lists, which can be captured in pdf format, or transferred via graphs and other outputs.

Additional Options

Great Buildings A searchable, gateway site to plans, drawings and photographs of buildings worldwide throughout history. Most entries include a drawing or plan.

U.S. Historical City Maps Digitized maps from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the Univ. of Texas, Austin.