The Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project (PAB)
is a regional initiative that dramatically expands free public access to
information on the built environment of the five-county Philadelphia area and
beyond, by providing a user-friendly, web-based, image rich resource. In an
ambitious example of private, academic, and public cooperation, the PAB project
brings together the collections, data, images and professional expertise of The
Athenæum of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania Architectural Archives,
the Philadelphia Historical Commission, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum
Commission, and many other local cultural institutions.
In brief, the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project provides:
- A free, publicly searchable Internet database of
architectural and historical information and images for 35,000+ structures,
mostly in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties,
including all those on the Philadelphia Historical Commission list of
significant buildings, and the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission’s
inventory of historic structures. All local buildings represented in the
Athenæum and the University of Pennsylvania architectural collections, as well
as the original architectural holdings of such institutions as the Historical
Society of Pennsylvania and the Library Company of Philadelphia are included
in the database.
- A Web-based library of 25,000+ images. Thumbnail
size images are freely available for browsing. High-resolution images
can be viewed online by purchasing a PAB
- Biographies or biographical sketches of 2500+
architects as well as project information for over 8,000 additional
architects, engineers and contractors.
- A national model for creating and presenting
authoritative building history resources, which will ultimately be linked
to similar projects in other regions of the United States.
- (Currently Under Construction) PAB will serve as the
architectural and building history component of the region’s growing
Geographical Information System (GIS), which provides the ability to link
authoritative geographical coordinates with a wide, and potentially limitless
variety of information.
The PAB database is constantly growing, with new
information and images added daily by the project staff.
The PAB project is made possible by a generous grant from
the William Penn Foundation, administered
by the Athenæum of Philadelphia. If you
have general questions about the PAB Project, contact
Bruce Laverty, Project Director, at the
Athenæum by calling 215-925-2688. For questions and comments concerning
specific biographies, buildings or images in the database, please use the
feedback feature, which is located in the menu on the left side of each page.
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