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 (SAH) in collaboration with the University of Virginia Press. Over 13,000 building histories, photographs, maps, and essays from the Society's award-winning Buildings of the United States series are available online to SAH members in SAH Archipedia and to the public in its open access counterpart, SAH Archipedia Classic Buildings.

SAH Archipedia features:
  • 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

Funding for SAH Archipedia

In 2013, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) granted SAH $450,000 for the expansion of SAH Archipedia. The NEH grant will enable SAH to commission new scholarship from more than 30 teams of collaborating historians to provide content for states not covered by the BUS volumes.

The Society's goal is to add more than 4,000 histories of the most significant and representative buildings from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Eventually, as funding permits, SAH Archipedia will expand to include global architecture, landscapes, and urbanism.

In order to secure the entire $450,000 grant from NEH, SAH must raise $150,000 of matching funds. Your donation will help SAH bring the history of American architecture to teachers, students, preservationists, architects, and the curious public around the world. 

SAH Archipedia
 has been designated a “We the People Project” by the National Endowment for the Humanities (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.

SAH Archipedia

The full online edition of SAH Archipedia is available to SAH members and institutional subscribers. Members: Login to the SAH website first, then click here to access SAH Archipedia.


SAH Archipedia Classic Buildings

SAH Archipedia Classic Buildings is an open access resource containing 100 of the most representative buildings of each state and lesson plans for classroom use.


Contact: SAH Executive Director Pauline Saliga at 312-573-1365 or