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SAH Archipedia Adds Buildings of Vermont and Site Enhancements

by SAH Archipedia Editorial Team | Jul 31, 2014

SAH Archipedia is expanded this month with two major additions: Buildings of Vermont and several enhancements to site functionality.

Buildings of Vermont: Over 600 new entries from the award-winning Buildings of Vermont volume by Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson have been added to SAH Archipedia—surveying such notable places as the residences of Robert Todd Lincoln (Hildene) and Rudyard Kipling (Naulakha), as well as the Trapp Family Lodge and Plymouth Notch (where Calvin Coolidge took the presidential oath of office)—with 100 of these freely accessible via SAH Archipedia Classic Buildings. Fully searchable and supplemented by additional illustrations and mapping functionality, this new content provides a comprehensive overview of a state that retains so significant a variety of building types, landscapes, and historic environments that it was declared a national historic treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Enriched with photographs by Curtis Johnson that survey more than 350 buildings, these entries showcase Vermont's rich stew of styles and types begun with traditions from colonial and early federal New England and New York and enriched over time by the contributions of immigrants from Scotland, English and French Canada, Ireland, Italy, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe. They include classic examples of vernacular types, functional structures, and pattern-book and mail-order designs, along with high-style statements from the likes of Ammi B. Young, Richard Upjohn, Henry Hobson Richardson, McKim, Mead and White, Jens Larsen, Peter Eisenman, and noteworthy regional and local architects and builders who have previously received little attention. Both conservative and trendsetting, the buildings range from some of America's finest Federal and Greek Revival meetinghouses, early Gothic Revival churches, Victorian inns, Italianate and panel brick business rows, wood-framed general stores, robber-baron estates, and hippie houses, as well as early water-powered mills, large railroad and factory complexes with nearby workers' housing, summer camps, roadside cabins, and ski resorts.

Site enhancements: We have added a slew of new features and navigation enhancements to make it easier than ever to access SAH Archipedia  records. Looking for art deco automats or masonite murals? What about an Italiante brothel or a Neotraditional  office park? Or hotels, from Beaux-Art to Postmodern, from Alaska to Hawaii? The menu bar below the banner on each page now permits browsing by state, type, material, and style. Drilling down through these categories will allow for further refinement. For example, the States menu allows users to navigate by regions and counties. The Types and Materials tabs offer the option of navigating through the Getty vocabularies hierarchically. In addition, each individual entry page now also includes any related thematic essays (more of which will be added throughout the year) and definitions for the tags assigned to each entry from the Getty's Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT).

We hope you will enjoy these new ways to explore SAH Archipedia as we continue to improve the experience of our research users. For website-specific questions or feedback, please contact Patricia Searl.


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