SAH Archipedia

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 18,000 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 the button below.


  • 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


The Society of Architectural Historians has been awarded a third major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to commission new content and site enhancements to SAH Archipedia, a media-rich online encyclopedia of American architecture developed by SAH in collaboration with the University of Virginia Press. The $205,000 outright and matching grant will help support improvements to SAH Archipedia in its two formats: SAH Archipedia Classic Buildings, a comprehensive, open access online educational resource that will contain 100 of the most representative buildings, landscapes and cityscapes in all 50 states, as well as SAH Archipedia, a larger online library subscription resource containing additional essays and building entries. READ MORE

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
for its operating support.
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