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Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America

From the Library of Congress, "The Gottscho-Schleisner Collection is comprised of over 29,000 images primarily of architectural subjects, including interiors and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic buildings, and other structures. Subjects are concentrated chiefly in the northeastern United States, especially the New York City area, and Florida. Included are the homes of notable Americans, such as Raymond Loewy, and of several U.S. presidents, as well as color images of the 1939-40 New York World's Fair. Many of the photographs were commissioned by architects, designers, owners and architectural publications, and document important achievements in American 20th-century architecture and interior design."To view images, click on "browse collection by subject" on the left side.


ArchNet's digital library offers an extensive variety of architectural images. Organized by collection, country, building type, building style, building usage, century, decade, and site name, this site hosts over 66,000 images. ArchNet is a project of MIT, and has a "focus on Muslim cultures and civilizations." All the images in the digital library can be used for academic, educational, or personal use. Please be sure to cite the source, photographer/author, and copyright holder.


Arounder is an online tourist magazine, featuring cities around the world. While there are no images to be downloaded or classroom use, the site features 360 degree 'virtual tours' of select areas of each city. This is useful in that users are able to clearly see buildings in relation to each other. This site must be used direct from an internet browser.


Maintained by Michael Greenhalgh from the Austrailian National University, ArtServe contains art and architecture mainly from the Mediterranean Basin and Japan. A variety of browse options is available, as well as a simple and advanced search option. The site is a bot overwhelming to look at, and the images are of varying quality, but due to the size of the material available it is worth looking through.

Asian Historical Architecture

This site is a "photographic survey of Asia's architectural heritage. Here you can view over 14,900 photos of 788 sites in twenty-one countries, with background information and virtual tours. This website is a collection of photos from many different contributors." Users can search by country and city, and the image quality is fantastic. Copyright varies by contributer; please be sure to check before using images.


In German, this site contains about two million images from thirteen different European countries. This site is both searchable and browsable, and contains good quality images. Images are available for private, non-commercial use.

Built in America

From the Library of Congress, "The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections are among the largest and most heavily used in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Since 2000, documentation from the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) has been added to the holdings. The collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies including examples as diverse as the Pueblo of Acoma, houses, windmills, one-room schools, the Golden Gate Bridge, and buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Administered since 1933 through cooperative agreements with the National Park Service, the Library of Congress, and the private sector, ongoing programs of the National Park Service have recorded America's built environment in multiformat surveys comprising more than 556,900 measured drawings, large-format photographs, and written histories for more than 38,600 historic structures and sites dating from Pre-Columbian times to the twentieth century.This online presentation of the HABS/HAER collections includes digitized images of 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. The first phase of digitization of the Historic American Engineering Record collection was made possible by the generous support of the Shell Oil Company Foundation." Users can browse the collection by subject and place.

Canadian Architectural Archives

"The Canadian Architectural Archives (CAA), MacKimmie Library, was established in 1974 as a joint venture between the University of Calgary Library and the Faculty of Environmental Design. With the mandate of collecting the work of twentieth century Canadian architects, the archives has emphasized the documentation of the total output of architectural firms in an attempt to provide an accurate historical profile. Collections may consist of drawings, project files, correspondence, slides, photographs, aperture cards, oral history tapes and transcripts, and architectural models." With over 10,000 images, the site is easy to navigate, contains great images, and has informative metadata. Images are available for personal use.

Carthalia: Theaters on Postcards

Theaters on Postcards is Andreas Praefcke's postcard collection of theatres and concert halls worldwide. The images are organized by location, and are fairly decent quality. Images are available for non-commercial purposes. The author invites users to email him for higher quality images if needed.

Casselman Archive of Islamic and Mudejar Architecture in Spain

From the University of Wisconsin's description, "This collection contains over four thousand color slides and black and white photographs of medieval Spain taken by the late Eugene Casselman (1912-1996) during his thirty years of travel throughout the Iberian peninsula. The images span over one thousand years of architectural history, from the seventh to the seventeenth century. The majority of the slides focus on the Mudejar style, an ornate court style largely inspired by Spanish Islamic architecture that was shared among Islamic, Jewish, and Christian cultures during the later Middle Ages in Spain. He even began writing a book-length manuscript on Mudejar architecture, which he never completed." Images are browsable and searchable, and are good quality.

Cities Around the World

This site "presents over 6,100 photographic images from the slide collections of the American Geographical Society Library. The images selected for this project focus on architecture, city life, people, transportation and other aspects of urban development, such as neighborhoods, commercial streets, and business districts. The pictures were taken by two photographers, Harrison Forman and Harold Mayer between 1942 and 1994. The digital collection provides access to photographs of over 450 cities worldwide. In addition to present-day metropolitan areas, this collection also features ancient cities and deserted settlements, including Carthage, Great Zimbabwe, Machupicchu, and Persepolis." The images may be copied by individuals or libraries for personal use, research, teaching or any "fair use" as defined by copyright law.

Cities and Buildings Database

CIELO 19th and 20th century architecture

This site is hosted through the WorldImages Kiosk, although it is made available through CIELO donors. Some donors have given permission for their images to be distributed freely on the Web, while others want their images limited to California State University. 19th and 20th century architecture is presented in this collection, with great images and many different angles for some buildings. The images are searchable, but not browsable.

Cupola's Building and Structures Gallery Part One

Part one of the buildings and structures gallery features small galleries of Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical Architecture; Colonial and Early American Buildings; and 19th and early 20th century Victorians and Revivals. Images are small and somewhat poor quality, however. Permission for use of these images is granted for private or educational use only. Copyright information can be found here.

Cupola's Building and Structures Gallery Part Two

Part two of the gallery feature Art Nouveau through 20th century architecture, as well as specialized collections such as bridges and dams, state capitol buildings, and other miscellaneous galleries. The galleries are small in size, and the image quality is fairly low. Permission for use is for private and educational purposes. Copyright information can be found here.

Digital Imaging Project

Mary Ann Sullivan, a professor at Bluffton University, created the Project as an index of "art historical images of sculpture and architecture from pre-historic to post-modern. All of the images were taken by Sullivan, as well as friends and family, who have traveled extensively. Featured images are listed at the top of the page, and by scrolling down one can see indexes organized by location, by artist/architect, and chronologically. There is no search feature. The images are available for personal and educational use, although Sullivan asks that she be credited when appropriate.

Flickr Groups

With thousands of Flickr groups already in existence, and many more on the way, it is hard not to find a specific group to match your image needs. These collections are maintained by Flickr users with a common interest, and so the quality of the images will vary between groups and users. Many artists choose to protect their images under a Creative Commons License, which allows the user access to images as long as the artist is credited. The following Flickr groups might be helpful for the purposes of this section:
-International Center of Medieval Art
-Victorian Church Architecture UK
-Famous Architecture


Galinsky is a collection of photographs, building desciptions, and visitor information for a number of modern buildings. Users can search by region or architect, and the image quality varies by photographer. Galinsky was originally created by students from the Harvard School of Design, and has since expanded to include anyone interested in architecture. Users should feel free to contribute their own images. Copyright information varies by photgrapher, so please contact anyone who's photos you are interested in using.

Great Buildings Collection (from The Architecture Week)

Historic Illustrations of Art and Architecture

According to Allen T. Kohl, founder of Art Images for College Teaching, this site contains historic illustrations that were originally published during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Many originally appeared in publications that predated the widespread use of photography for art documentation...While these illustrations are often beautiful examples of the draftsman's or engraver's skill, by their very nature they also represent subjective interpretations of the monuments and works depicted. Anyone wishing to use these images for teaching and research purposes should bear this in mind. Moreover, some of these illustrations may no longer reflect current scholarship due to ongoing research and critical reassessment of individual sites and works since their original publication. Therefore, the use of these images for pedagogical purposes should be complemented as necessary by comparison with updated plans, drawings, and photographs of the subject works and sites. Historic Illustrations features both browsing and searching for finding images, and all of the images as great quality as they were all scanned as full sized tiffs at 600 dpi. Each image contains extensive metadata, and can be downloaded at different sizes. One of the most interesting features of the site is the ability to create 'portfolios,' or a collection of organized images, and share them with the public. Users can browse existing portfolios such as 'Dada in Berlin" or "Photography in Politics." The 347 images hosted by the site are mostly architecture, however it also includes art.

New York City Architecture

Tom Fletcher is an Australian architect based in New York, and maintains this extensive collection of New York City architecture images. Users can browse images either by geography or category from the left side of the screen, or search for a specific building through the Google search bar at the bottom of the screen. Although there are no high resolution images available, Fletcher provides the user with data and a summary for each building, making it a valuable study resource. Contact Fletcher about use of images, as while he has taken many of them himself, he does not own the copyright to a lot of them.

Rutgers Art History Public

Rutgers University makes part of their image collections available online. Images of New Brunswick architecture, classical sculpture, and world architecture taken by former faculty members of the Art History Department are hosted on the Luna Imaging platform, and are great quality. Images are searchable by numerous fields, including work title, image title, work date, and work location.

Society of Architectural Historians

The Society of Architectural Historians recently partnered with ARTStor to utilize its shared shelf capabilities. This membership only service allows architects to upload their own images into a collective image group called SARAHA on ARTstor, a well developed image database. While this service is not available to the general public, the SAH image exchange, the predecessor to SAHARA, is still currently available on the website. The Image exchange is meant for non-profit, educational use. More information can be found here. The images are organized by date and time period, and since they come from a number of contributes, the quality of the images is diverse.


This database hosts the 35mm slide collection of the Architecture Visual Resources Library at the University of California Berkeley. As the collection is not a "keyword or natural language search engine, " it can most easily be browsed by using the right hand of the page and selecting the subject matter or area sought. Collection images may be used for personal or educational purposes only.


Nicolas Janberg's international daabase of engineering, architecture, or construction through time is fairly comprehensive, and offers great data in addition to photographs. Structurae deals mostly with bridges, tunnels, dams, skyscrapers, stadiums, towers, etc, but many buildings can be found. Photographs may be used for private and educational purposes as long as both the photographer and Structurae are credited properly.

World Architecture Survey-Renaissance to Modern

The World Architecture Survey contains a large amount of images, all organized by time period. Subheadings for each period can be found at the top of the page, and are anchor linked to the proper section. Each image links to a separate window, while some images contain a second link. A brief description of each image is included, including date, architect, and image view details. The author asks that you first read the copyright policy, as it varies from image to image.


"The Benedictine abbey church of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine at V├ęzelay in Burgundy is one of the most important surviving monuments of architecture and sculpture of the Romanesque period." Alison Stones bring this church to life in her extensive photographic collection. Images are browsable, searchable, good quality, and available for educational use. What more could you ask for?


Vitruvio "aims to collect information about architecture, put it in order according to a predetermined method and let everybody use it freely (students, architects, experts, etc..)." The side bar on the left allows for navigation by date, as well as by architect ('Masters'), location ('Architectural Guide'), and type of building ('Themes'). Much of the information provided is in Italian, with some translations. The images are fantastic quality, but are unavailable at a large size. This site also provides links to other useful pages (listed as 'Resources').