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Alameda House History

Blog dedicated to collecting and sharing knowledge about the life of old houses in Portland, Oregon, with a special focus on Northeast Portland’s Alameda neighborhood.

American Society of Civil Engineers, History and Heritage section

Biographies, histories, databases, and other resources.


"Community-constructed" wiki site, with over 100,000 pages on various aspects of architecture.

Architecture Foundation of Oregon

Advocates for the enhancement of our built environment, the livability of our communities, and preservation of our rich architectural heritage.

Bibliography: Architecture Reference Sources

Selective list of standard, historically important and most helpful architecture reference sources, by Elizabeth Douthitt Byrne, UC Berekely.

Building Oregon: Architecture of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

Searchable collection of 14,000 images and documentation of the architectural heritage of Oregon and the Northwest.

Construction History Society

Preserving the records of our built environment so that they are available to future historians, planners and craftsmen.


DOcumentation and COnservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the MOdern MOvement. Promotes the study, interpretation and protection of the architecture, landscape and urban design of the Modern Movement.

Googie Architecture Online

Architecture of the post-WWII car-culture that thrived in the 1950s and 1960s.

Investigate Your House's History

Multnomah County Library guide for researching the history of a house.

Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians

Regional SAH chapter for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia.

National Building Museum

Created by an act of Congress in 1980, the National Building Museum is America's premier cultural institution dedicated to exploring and celebrating architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning.

National Park Service Documentation Programs (HABS, HAER, HALS, CRGIS)

NPS programs recording the built environment & landscapes in multiformat surveys with more than 350,000 measured drawings, photographs, & written histories for more than 35,000 structures & sites from Pre-Columbian times to the 20th century.

Oregon Online Architectural Guide

Reference for identifying architectural materials, styles, and forms found in Oregon. Wiki-based website created by the State Historic Preservation Office that allows certain users to change information on the site.

Pacific Coast Architecture Database

Information on the buildings and designers of California, Oregon and Washington.

Portland's Historic Building Casualties

Some of Portland's lost historic buildings


Diners - Classic chains - Roadside attractions: Your online guide to the great American roadside.

Society for Commercial Archaeology

National organization devoted to the buildings, artifacts, structures, signs, and symbols of the 20th-century commercial landscape. Publishes the SCA Journal.

Society of Architectural Historians

Membership organization that promotes the study and preservation of the built environment worldwide. Scholarly quarterly: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

Vernacular Architecture Forum

Dedicated to study & protection of “ordinary” architecture: traditional domestic buildings, industrial & commercial structures, 20th-century suburban houses, settlement patterns & landscapes. Publishes Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture.