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The member institutions of Philadelphia Architects and Buildings are offering unprecedented, high-resolution online access to their images through a subscription service on the PAB website. The entire cost of the subscriptions goes to support the project, allowing the continued development of this important resource on architecture.

What do I get?

You get one year of unlimited high-resolution access to more than 110,000 images, including blueprints, drawings, and photographs. The Image Web Server plugins from ER Mapper allow you to zoom in to see the full detail of almost all of our images, without waiting for an entire image to download. ER Mapper technology also allows us to keep the images secure from copying without watermarking or otherwise altering the image, so you get to view the image with no alterations.

A subscription to PAB gives you the ability to see these images only on this website. A copy of an image, or permission to use an image, is usually available from the owning institution for a fee. As an additional benefit to subscribers, the Athenæum of Philadelphia provides discounts on its reproduction fees for items in its collections.

What's the difference between registering and subscribing?

  • Registering is free, and lets you search the entire database and use the My Buildings and My Architects features.
  • Subscribing, for an annual fee, provides you with access to the high-resolution digital images on the website. A subscription also provides discounted reproduction fees for items in the collections of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.

Can I see a demonstration?

To see a demonstration of what you will receive with a subscription, follow the steps below:

  1. Optionally, install the Image Web Server plugin for Internet Explorer and Firefox on Windows. This is freely available for download from this website, and improves the speed at which images are viewed. You can view images without the plugin.
     
  2. View our demonstration images. The following ER Mapper images are viewable without a subscription, and demonstrate what you will receive with your subscription. (Click on one of the thumbnails to see the ER Mapper image.)


    [First National Bank of Conshohocken, Conshohocken, Pa.]
    The First National Bank of Conshohocken
    (Magaziner, Eberhard, and Harris, architects)
    Magaziner Collection, Athenaeum of Philadelphia.
    Local ID #: MEH490*073

    [First National Bank of Conshohocken, Conshohocken, Pa.]
    One Half Inch Scale Detail of Vestibule
    (Magaziner, Eberhard, and Harris, architects, 2/1/1924)
    Magaziner Collection, Athenaeum of Philadelphia.
    Local ID #: MEH490 013

    [First National Bank of Conshohocken]
    The First National Bank of Conshohocken [Pre-1924]
    Magaziner Collection, Athenaeum of Philadelphia.
    Local ID #: 79-P-039-002

What does it cost?

The cost is $40 U.S. for a one-year subscription.
Students may subscribe at the discounted rate of $25.

How do I begin?

Subscriptions may be purchased with a credit card using our secure ordering site. We currently accept only Visa and MasterCard. To begin the order process, click the link below. If you have not already registered for a free user account, you will be asked to do so before subscribing.

If you wish to pay by check, you may print out our order form, and return it by mail with your payment.

Questions?

You may contact us electronically via our feedback page. A member of the staff will get back to you via e-mail or telephone. During business hours (9am to 5pm, EST), you may also contact us via telephone at (215) 925-2688. Please ask for Michael Seneca or Bruce Laverty.

Our mailing address is:

American Architects and Buildings Project
c/o The Athenæum of Philadelphia
219 S. 6th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

 

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