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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.

 

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    • Enter the 2022 HALS Challenge: Historic Olmsted Landscapes For the 13th annual HALS Challenge, we invite you to document Olmsted landscapes in HALS short-format histories. Entries are due July 31, 2022. Learn more...
    • Enter the 2022 Leicester B. Holland Contest We invite entries for the 2022 Holland Prize, which recognizes the best single-sheet measured drawing prepared to HDP standards. Entry forms are due September 1 and final entries are due October 1, 2022. Learn more...
    • Enter the 2022 Charles E. Peterson Prize Contest We invite entries for the 2022 Peterson Prize, which recognizes the best set of measured drawings prepared to HDP standards by students. Entry forms are due June 1 and final entries are due June 30, 2022. Learn more...
    • New Virtual Tour: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is a striking feature along North Carolina's Outer Banks. Heritage Documentation Programs created a virtual tour and animated fly-throughs of this iconic lighthouse at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Learn more...
    • HDP Has Virtual Tours of Historic Sites around the Country (and the World)Would you like to explore someplace beyond your immediate horizon? Check out HDP's many virtual tours. We also have point cloud animations, virtual 3D mesh models, and story maps.Go on a virtual tour...