SAH Archipedia

The online encyclopedia of American architecture

SAH Archipedia
is an interactive, media-rich online encyclopedia of American architecture developed by the Society of Architectural Historians in collaboration with the University of Virginia Press. 

Over 17,000 building histories, photographs, maps, and essays from the Society's award-winning Buildings of the United States series are available online to SAH members and institutional subscribers in SAH Archipedia. Its open access counterpart, SAH Archipedia Classic Buildings, is available to the public at and contains 100 of the most representative buildings of each state and lesson plans.

SAH members: Log in to the SAH website first, then click here to access SAH Archipedia.

  • Interactive Google maps
  • Search capability via text or maps
  • Exterior and interior photos, plus some plans and drawings
  • Metadata tags for quick searches of architects, styles, materials, and building types
  • Lesson plans focusing on architecture and history


In 2014, the Society of Architectural Historians finished raising $150,000 to match a $300,000 grant offer from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to create new born-digital content for SAH Archipedia. The $450,000 in funding has enabled SAH to hire project and media editors to work with more than 30 teams of authors who are writing building histories for the 100 most representative buildings in each of the states not yet included in SAH Archipedia. When complete in mid-2015, the online educational resource will cover all 50 states and will form an authoritative, peer-reviewed online encyclopedia of American architecture.

SAH Archipedia
 has been designated a “We the People Project” by NEH for its role in encouraging and enhancing the teaching, study, and understanding of American history, culture, and democratic principles. 

Additional funding was provided by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in the Fine Arts, and Two Cat Digital.


For more information, please contact SAH Executive Director Pauline Saliga, at 312-573-1365 or
SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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