Historic American Buildings Survey

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Historic American Buildings Survey

A documentation program initiated in 1993 to collect measured drawings, photographs, and historical and architectural data with the help of teams of architects and architectural students, and deposit them for public use in the Library of Congress. To date it includes thousands of drawings, photographs and data that have been published in scores of catalogs.
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Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)

A collection of measured drawings, photographs, and records of American buildings, constructions, and sites that (a) are of particular historic interest, significance, or are representative of a particular architectural style; (b) represent important methods of construction; (c) were designed by a major architect; and/or (d) are typical of work by an ethnic group within the United States. Housed in the Library of Congress, HABS represents an important, useful, and significant resource. Address: National Park Service, Department of the Interior, P.O. Box 37127, Washington, DC 20013-7127.
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Our cover image for this issue is a mid-twentieth century photo of the 1853 Meeting House at Zoar, Ohio, that was produced as part of the 1933 Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), a cooperative initiative between the National Park Service and the Library of Congress that set out to document many of America's architectural treasures.
In addition, students will analyze and document the reassembly of the house, producing exhibition-quality drawings in a project for the federal Historic American Buildings Survey. "For the students, it's a chance for them to be intimately involved in a home that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright," said school spokesman Michelle Parks.
Inaugurated in I933, the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) would be administered by the National Park Service, with professional support from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and funding from the Works Progress Administration (WPA).
The illustrations are lavish and include full page photos from The Historic American Buildings survey and by prominent architecture photographers, period etchings and watercolors, and plates from period pattern books.
"Anonymous" leads the reader on a fascinating tour of the newly completed Capitol Building in Washington; Mary Hornaday lauds the inclusiveness of the newly authorized Historic American Buildings Survey in her discussion of American architecture; Frank Lloyd Wright jolts the reader with his bizarre praise for Soviet architecture and planning; Douglas Davies and Vincent Scully discuss the failures of modern architecture; and W.
At Nicodemus National Historic Site in Nicodemus, Kansas, the only remaining western town established by African Americans during the Reconstruction period, oral history has supported cultural landscape and historic structures reports and a Historic American Buildings Survey.
E Using the detailed local and regional information generated through the documentation studies, as well as material contained in existing documentation by the Historic American Buildings Survey and the Historic American Engineering Record (HABS)/HAER) collection, a book on covered bridges and vernacular construction practices is being developed.

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