Announcing SAH Archipedia Open Access Beta

by SAH News | Jul 01, 2019

In honor of the 243rd birthday of the United States on July 4, the Society of Architectural Historians and University of Virginia Press proudly make a gift to the Nation: the beta version of a newly designed, mobile-friendly, open-access edition of SAH Archipedia.

We invite you to explore the rich history of more than 20,000 North American buildings, landscapes, and cultural landmarks. SAH Archipedia’s diversity of sites, new interpretations, and peer-reviewed scholarship make it a valuable online public resource for learning about more than 2,000 years of development in this part of the world. 



Building and site entries range from the 2007 Aqua skyscraper in downtown Chicago to the Ozette Archaeological Site from 200 BCE in the state of Washington. 


New thematic essays include Willa Granger’s research on Native American Gulf Coast tribes and Catherine Zipf’s article on women as architecture patrons in Gilded Age Newport, Rhode Island.


New research documents the dance halls where Texans held celebrations in rural 19th-century towns, and places where Americans fought for civil rights, such as Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas.


SAH Archipedia, first launched in 2012, is an award-winning encyclopedia of U.S. architecture and landscapes that has been under development for 10 years. Funded largely by three grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities with matching support from hundreds of individuals and foundations, SAH Archipedia is truly a new form of collaborative digital publication.

We applaud and thank the hundreds of authors, editors, photographers, cartographers, designers, and software programmers who created both the 25 Buildings of the United States print books, and a new platform displaying thousands of born-digital essays and building entries so that every state in the U.S. would be included in this new, open-access resource. Please enjoy and share.

Founded in 1940, the Society of Architectural Historians is an international nonprofit membership organization that promotes the study, interpretation and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes and urbanism worldwide. SAH serves a network of local, national and international institutions and individuals who, by profession or interest, focus on the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life. SAH promotes meaningful public engagement with the history of the built environment through advocacy efforts, print and online publications, and local, national and international programs.

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