portal website with an urban planning focus. Includes discussion
forums, extensive photo galleries, planning links, and more.
Style Guide. From the City of
Cincinnati website, a primer
of late 19th and 20th century American architectural styles. Some other fine
guides to historic American architectural styles using local examples are available
Historical Society, and from Ingolf Vogeler at the
Claire branch of the University of Wisconsin.
Design Coffee. A friendly exploration of residential
design, including architectural criticism and advice, building dictionary and style
guide, and musings on architecture and the home.
Architecture website. A general architectural
style guide from a Canadian perspective. Includes an exceptional illustrated
glossary of building terms.
Institute of Architects official website.
A general resource for architects and those wanting to learn more
about them and the services that they provide. Features an architect
finder, industry news, educational resources, A.I.A. contract
documents, publications, and more.
Directory. Covers historic preservation,
cultural resources, heritage tourism, urban planning, and historic real
estate in the United States & Canada
Index. Designed mainly for architectural
research, this site is a periodical index of architectural
publications. Offers a free area covering older magazines (1982 -
1988), otherwise one must pay for the service. You'll still need to
find the magazine, since only the name of the magazine, date, and page
numbers of each article are listed at the site.
Arquitectura. One of the larger and
better directories of architecturally related websites. In
An architectural web guide that focuses on architectural history, theory,
and design. Offers a pretty comprehensive list of
from all over the world (living or dead), incorporating relevant
links when available.
Review. An English magazine whose website
offers information on architectural competitions, exhibitions,
book reviews, articles, links and more.
online magazine and design resource devoted to 20th century modernism.
House Journal website. An informative and
entertaining magazine for old house lovers.
Slide Libraries and Architectural Databases:
Memories Project. An impressive photographic
database covering a broad range of American subjects, including a huge
collection of historic architectural drawings and building images.
guide to contemporary architecture and urban art from around the
world. In French and English.
website. An international architectural database containing
thousands of buildings indexed by architect or location. Has a 20th
century architectural emphasis. Some pictures, but most entries just
have simple building data.
Buildings Online website. A CAD software
company's fairly comprehensive encyclopaedia of famous architects and their
buildings throughout history. Has a searchable index of architects,
buildings, and places.
American and European Architecture and Sculpture site.
Mary Ann Sullivan's very large collection of works by notable architects
and sculptors throughout history. Site indexed by artist or
architect, location, or date. Be sure to scroll down after selecting
an index type to view the results, or you may think nothing happened.
Architectural Slide Database website. A
searchable index of slides from the University of California,
Berkeley. Offers an extensive collection of thumbnail (slide-sized)
images of historically significant buildings and their descriptions.
The site is more geared toward research on a particular architect or
building than general browsing.
website. Among its eclectic galleries is a slide library
focusing on ancient and medieval architecture. Other galleries
feature Italian sculpture, Italian cities, botany, mineralogy, entomology,
and more. Content in Italian and (often) English as well.
Steel, and Stone. An ambitious
architectural photography site dedicated to the best of the built
environment. Offers vast galleries of architectural images, often
accompanied by personal commentary.
Architectural History Survey Examples. This site
has a pretty utilitarian look and feel, but beneath all those text links
is a very extensive collection of quality photographs of architecturally
significant buildings. Covers architectural history from ancient to
Recent History and Modernism:
website. Run by the organization that awards the architectural
equivalent of the Nobel prize. A
of former prize winners features short a biography of each architect
and examples of their work. It includes some of the most prominent
names in contemporary architecture.
Museum. An interesting site chronicling the
history of the skyscraper. Its
Building Exhibit offers a very nice chronology of the world's tallest
buildings to date. Not one of my most reliable links though.
Big website. An excellent architectural
primer, chronicling the history and design of some of the world's biggest,
tallest, most awesome structures. WGBH of Boston produced the site
to supplement their five part public television series of the same name.
Modernism and its Roots:
Built Environment course slides. Eleanor
Weinel, an Associate Dean at the University of Oklahoma, provides a photographic
overview of American architecture. Focuses on the shapers of
modernism between 1870 and 1960.
and Crafts Home. A commercial site
specializing in Arts and Crafts, Gothic Revival, and Aesthetic Movement
home furnishings. It is an exceptional design resource on these
styles. It achieves this through its impressive research sections
and product catalogue. The site also features extensive Art Nouveau,
Art Deco, and Mission Style coverage as part of its ambitious
Arts and Crafts documentation project.
Juster's sleek photo gallery of Art Deco architecture from all over the world.
Network. All about Eichler homes and
their California Modernist connections.
website. With its photo essays on selected buildings of the
last century, this site provides a great overview of the modern movement in
Maybeck and Brookings, Oregon. A site
that details the prominent San Francisco architect's involvement in the
planning of this coastal city. Offers several of his essays on
architecture and conceptual drawings, as well as links to other Maybeckian
sites. Part of the
Coast Net website.
Francisco Bay Area Arts and Crafts home page.
San Francisco may be better known for its Victorian architecture, but it
is also the centre of an exceptionally fine and sophisticated collection
of American Arts and Crafts architecture. This site profiles its chief
Hudson Thomas website. Showcases the Arts
and Crafts inspired works of a lesser known early 20C architect practicing
in Berkeley, California.
Burley Griffin site for PBS online. A handsome
site describing the life and works of an exceptionally gifted Prairie
School architect, who, before a falling out, had once headed up Frank
Lloyd Wright's Oak Park studio.
House site. Take a virtual tour of the
definitive Craftsman bungalow (requires QuickTime). The
architectural firm of Charles and Henry Greene (Greene and Greene) created
this masterpiece in 1908 for a retired executive from the Cincinnati based
Proctor and Gamble Company. Its influence can still be seen today.
website. Comprehensive coverage of Frank Lloyd Wright
including his life, works and influences. The
Guide section is well crafted and lists Wright works by
location. Nice collection of other
Sullivan page at the
site. An excellent resource on the great Chicago architect
that was a mentor to Wright, and who is credited with giving the
skyscraper its modern form.
on the Web site. Offers photo galleries and links to
a myriad of web resources relating to Frank Lloyd Wright.
Excellent online tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park, Illinois
neighbourhood. Also includes a database of historic architecture in
Oak Park; an extensive display of Wrightian works elsewhere; and an
intriguing tour of the apparently Expressionist inspired National School
of Art in Cuba.
Lloyd Wright in Oak Park website. Offers
pictures and history of Wright designed structures in Oak Park, Illinois,
where he opened his first office. This link tends to go offline for
extended periods, but when available, it offers good coverage of his Oak
Lloyd Wright Info site. A collection of writings
about America's most famous architect, from William Allin Storrer.
Storrer is a leading authority on Wright and his works; his guidebooks are
indispensable for any serious Wrightophile. A great source for recent
Wright related news.
website. Covers the impressive Prairie Style legacy of
Purcell and Elmslie, an early 20th century architectural firm based out of
Minneapolis, Minnesota. Well put together, and exceptional
detail. Also, when operational, it offers a good overview of other
Prairie School participants.
The Minneapolis Institute of the Arts
Vision website. Beautifully crafted online
exhibit on Prairie Style architecture in Minnesota, including works by Louis
Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, George Washington Maher, and the partnership of
William Gray Purcell, George Grant Elmslie, and George Feick. Includes detailed
tour maps for those interested in visiting the sites in person, as well as an
excellent virtual tour of the Purcell's
house in Minneapolis.
School Traveler. John Panning's ambitious
project to locate and document every extant Prairie Style work in the
United States and Canada. The states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota,
and Wisconsin are well represented here.
Styles website. Offers excellent biographical
material on some of the lesser known members of the Prairie School, as
well as its more famous leaders, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Once you select an architect or artist, pick the "Commissions"
button to view samples of their work.
Rennie Mackintosh pages from Armin Grewe. Nice
photo essay covering the life and works of the great Scottish Art Nouveau
for an Art Lover site. Mackintosh and his wife,
Margaret MacDonald, designed this handsome house for a 1901 competition. It
remained un-built until 1996, when an interpretation of their design was completed
in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park. This site has recently become quite graphics
intensive and really requires a fairly speedy connection to enjoy its
offerings. It also has shown a tendency to go offline for hours at a
time, so try again later if unavailable at the moment.
Gallery at the University of Glasgow. The
largest single repository of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Its Mackintosh House exhibit has placed the reassembled interiors of the architect's
demolished Glasgow home on permanent display.
and Barcelona Club. Covers Antoni Gaudi, the famous
Art Nouveau architect from Barcelona, Spain. Includes a Gaudi biography
and a gallery of his works. Another good resource on the architect is Pedro
site, available in French, English, and Spanish.
Cercle Guimard. Celebrates the work of Hector
Guimard, the architect behind the design of those exotic Paris Metro stations
entrances and THE driving force behind Art Nouveau architecture in
France. In French, but an English version is in the works. The
Hector Guimard website
archive offers another good view of this influential designer in English.
marvellous photographic collection of European Art Nouveau architecture,
including many fine works not often seen elsewhere. Features
architectural galleries organized by country, with accompanying commentary
in both Dutch and English.
La Belle Epoque in Slovakia. Photo essay
on late 19th/ early 20th century architecture and the Secessionists
in Slovakia. Text at both sites in Czech only.
House site. It offers a rather nice
of Victorian Homes in several North American cities that still retain
some of their 19th Century charms. These include: Galena, Illinois;
Evanston, Illinois; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Port Townsend, Washington;
and several others. The site also offers a good primer on
House Styles, briefly describing the most important ones and providing
an example of each. Representing the mid 19th century octagon house
craze is the impressive Armour-Stiner house, a domed octagon, complete
with a killer cupola, in Irvington, New York.
Estate official website. The largest privately
owned home ever built in America. Designed for George Washington
Vanderbilt and his family by architect Richard Morris Hunt in Chateauesque
style, and landscaped by Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of many of
America's finest parks, including New York's Central Park. Very nice
QuickTime movie tours showing parts of the house and grounds.
Valley Network websites. Feature pictures and
articles on the grand estates along the Hudson River, often described as
the American Rhine. These include, among others, the definitive
American Gothic Revival, Lyndhurst (once used as a backdrop for the
show "Dark Shadows"), the elegant Montgomery Place, and a
Moorish inspired fantasy, called Olana.
Buildings. Focuses on the picturesque
American design of hospitals for the mentally ill in the last half of the 19th century.
Mansions website. View some of the most
of America's Gilded Age, found in the historic resort town of Newport,
Rhode Island. Well worth an architectural pilgrimage to one of the
most impressive collections of late 19th Century architecture in North
Asylums website. Chronicles the sad state of
America's old state hospitals and asylums in an era when most consider
them white elephants. Set in serene park like settings, these
enormous Victorian piles speak of a time when institutional architecture
was positively inspired. They were often richly detailed, with
elaborate rooflines replete with cupolas, towers, and spires. Take a look
at the Richardsonian Romanesque
State Hospital in New York, the palatial looking (Jacobean?)
State Hospital in Indiana, or the French Renaissance Revival
Valley Centre in Michigan (featuring a great cupola shot) to see what
18th Century back to the Renaissance:
of Versailles official website. Tour one of the
largest and most influential buildings in the world, and walk through the
gardens that established the French as masters of garden design. A
Baroque masterpiece that was the seat of French power for over a century
before the French Revolution.
S. Colla's and A. Nardi's website featuring
Italian Villas. A photo history tour of some of
Italy's finest 16th century villas. Most featured here were designed
by the master architect, Andrea Palladio, who influenced architectural
design for centuries with his writings and works.
Reality Tours from the Art History Department
at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. An exceptional site that
offers panoramic coverage of several notable Renaissance, Baroque, and
Rococo buildings. Stunning photography.
Medieval back to the Fall of Rome:
Castles on the Web
site. Great site on castles, palaces, abbeys, and cathedrals
from around the world. Offers an impressive collection of photos and
medieval links. Includes information on heraldry, castle
accommodations, castle terms, medieval legends, weapons, and more.
of the United States website. A fun site
featuring various American castles, displaying both historically correct
and campy interpretations of the medieval metaphor.
Worlds site. An online community for
ancient history buffs. Includes discussions and articles on early
Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Babylonian, Celtic, Teutonic, and Amerindian
cultures. It is also the home of S.P.Q.R., an adventure style game
built around a digital reconstruction of the a Forum Romanum.
Dr. Hawass. The
official website of the prominent archaeologist and Egyptologist. Features
fascinating articles about archaeology and the preservation of ancient Egyptian
Sites of Greece. Wow! A superb resource on
the architecture of classical Greece. From Dr. Janice Siegel, a professor at
Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, VA. Part of her ambitious
Leo C. Curran's
website. Offers an enormous photo collection of ancient Greek
and Roman monuments.
Concrete website. Discusses concrete in ancient
Roman construction. Includes a chapter on the construction and
history of the Pantheon in Rome, built circa 100-125 A.D. Its dome
was unsurpassed in clear span for more than a millennium. It still stands
today, an incredible feat of ancient engineering.
Thayer's website. A Herculean project covering all things
ancient Roman, as ambitious in its scope as Rome had been in its world conquest. Definitely
a site well worth perusing.
A photographic survey of historic and contemporary architecture in Belgium. Nice big
images. Viewable in Dutch, French, or English.
Landmarks. Highlights the Windy City's
extraordinarily rich history of late 19th and early 20th century
Tower. All about the widely loved but once controversial
Paris landmark, created for the Paris Exposition of 1889. Some believe
the design was inspired by this former
Ruins of Detroit. Beautifully photographed
and compellingly narrated, this haunting site focuses on a shrinking
metropolis's architectural cast offs. The
of contents seems the best way to navigate this vast site.
Showcases Finnish architecture, focusing more on older, historic buildings than modern ones.
Fellowship. What's an estate garden without a
little architectural staging? British towers, ruins, and other monuments built
to the whims of eccentric landowners are the focus of this site.
Many on view under its Google Folly Map.
Tom Rinaldi & Rob Yasinsac's
Valley Ruins. Showcases some of the
decaying architectural treasures of the "American Rhine", the
Hudson River Valley in New York State.
of Rome website. A handsome site offering
quality pictures and drawings of historic Roman Structures. The
Peter's Basilica (the Vatican) page has some excellent old drawings
and good modern shots, including ones looking out from the roof and
The British organization that protects and makes publicly accessible some
of Great Britain's most spectacular historic buildings and gardens.
Pictures and descriptions of most of the properties are available on site.
Portmeirion. All about the delightful Welsh resort that
provided the village setting for the Kafkaesque British TV series,
Photos of forts, castles, strongholds, ruins, rock carvings, historic/old buildings,
and the built remains of other eras. Galleries organized by country,
with a strong showing of Scandinavian works over two centuries old. From fellow architectural enthusiast, Henrik
Reich in Ruins. Using historic and contemporary photos, Geoff
Walden provides an extensive tour of what remains of Nazi construction in Germany.
House under Threat? website.
A graphic display of some of the caveats of historic home renovations
in England. Put up by the Victorian Society of Birmingham.
Great photographic coverage of Los Angeles architecture. The site also
includes another fine photo section that highlights modern architecture
Gardens of the Renaissance.
tours through three of Italy's most incredible gardens. Not quite
like being there, but they'll probably inspire you to plan a visit
someday. This is part of the excellent
Art Treasures website. Note: this link has a history of going
offline, but usually is back up within the next business day.
of Landscape Architecture site. Images used in a
course by professor Kenneth Helphand of the University of Oregon.
Covers landscape and garden design throughout the ages.
Gardens site. Take a virtual tour of Pierre S.
du Pont's magnificent gardens and conservatory, located near Kennett
Square, Pennsylvania. American landscape design on a palatial scale.