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The HABS Collection as a Resource for DC’s Vanished Buildings

March 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Ruppert House, courtesy of HABS.

Established in 1933 as a work relief program for unemployed architects during the Great Depression, the Historic American Buildings Survey is the federal government’s oldest historic preservation program. Documentation produced by HABS, consisting of architectural measured drawings, photographs, and historical reports, is housed at the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, today comprising one of the world’s largest architectural archives. The Collection, in the public domain and copyright-free, serves today as an invaluable resource for architects, historians, preservationists, and students. This presentation will provide a survey of resources in the HABS Collection specific to the District of Columbia, with a focus on buildings which are no longer standing.

This virtual program is free and open to the public. It will also be streamed live to DCPL’s Facebook page and uploaded to our YouTube page after the event.