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Heritage Documentation Programs


Heritage Documentation Programs administers the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), the Federal Government's oldest preservation program, and its companion programs: the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). Documentation produced through the programs constitutes the nation's largest archive of historic architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation. The HABS/HAER/HALS Collection is housed at the Library of Congress.

 

Latest News

    • Summer Project Closeout and Open House - August 15 We invite you to join us in our Washington, DC, office on Wednesday, August 15. HDP's summer interns will present the results of their documentation projects, which include Ellis Island and Arlington National Cemetery's Memorial Amphitheater and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. HDP staff will demonstrate measuring technologies (high-definition laser scanning and photogrammetry), large-format photography, and research methods employed in maintaining the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Architectural, Engineering, and Landscape Documentation, as well as many of the year-round projects and new initiatives.Find more details on Facebook.
    • New Point Cloud Animation: Tortugas Harbor LightIn August 2017, HABS architects Paul Davidson and Daniel De Sousa documented this historic lighthouse at Fort Jefferson (Dry Tortugas National Park) using 3-D high-definition terrestrial laser scanning.See the video and learn more about the project on Facebook.
    • New Time-Lapse Video: High-Definition Laser ScanningHere's a day's worth of work in 30 seconds. HAER architects Dana Lockett and Thomas Behrens recently scanned the fifteen-millionth Ford Model T on behalf of the Historic Vehicle Association. See the video and learn more about the project on Facebook.
    • New Story Map: Hurricanes Irma and MariaMany historic places were damaged or threatened by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. This project by CRGIS looks at what happened to a selection of sites previously surveyed by HABS/HAER/HALS.Learn more...
    • New Virtual Tour & Fly-Through: Miller Field Seaplane HangarMiller Field was the only aerial coast defense station established on the East Coast, and the seaplane hangar, built in 1919 with additions in 1939, played a significant role in the operations of the field.Learn more...
    • New Fly-Throughs: Fort TildenFort Tilden was established in 1917 as part of a network of coastal fortifications in the New York City area and New Jersey established to protect the New York Harbor, and was staffed by the Coast Artillery Corps.Learn more...
    • New 3-D Models: Soldiers' National MonumentThe Soldiers' National Monument honors the fallen soldiers of the Battle of Gettysburg. It stands a short distance on the other side of the iron fence from where President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.Learn more...
    • We've MovedOur Washington, DC, office moved to a different building in April 2017. Please note our new shipping address and new shipping restrictions. Our phone numbers remain the same.Learn more...
    • Virtual Tour: Ellis Island The Historic American Buildings Survey is working on a multiyear project to document Ellis Island. Take a virtual tour of areas on Ellis Island that aren't open to the public. Learn more...
    • National Covered Bridges Recording ProjectThe Historic American Engineering Record and the Federal Highway Administration maintain a joint research and technology program for historic covered bridges.Learn more...
    • HABS Guide to Field DocumentationThis Field Guide offers step-by-step instructions about how to observe, take field measurements, and create field notes and a short-form report about a historic site or structure to HABS standards. Learn more...
    • Producing HABS/HAER/HALS Measured Drawings from Laser ScansThe pros and cons of using laser scanning for heritage documentation.Learn More...