Many of the historic properties the Alabama
Historical Commission assists with are significant
because of their architecture. These may be Greek
Revival mansions or log cabins, old barns or an
early industrial plant, a building 150 years old or
one built in the 1950s. While the survey and
registration section maintains information about
structures listed in the Alabama and National
Registers, or included in county or local surveys,
architectural history services has information on
early Alabama architecture and architectural trends,
as well architects and builders.
Research on early Alabama architecture is constantly
ongoing in the architectural history services
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of information is available on Alabama
The AHC's architectural archives includes a growing
collection of documentary photographic images,
measured floor plans, and elevation drawings of
architecturally significant structures. Through
ongoing fieldwork, the staff makes special efforts
to document significant endangered buildings before
From time to time, the staff also conducts
"thematic" studies that take a broad look at a
particular type of architecture, such as historic
houses of worship.
An extensive electronic database on early Alabama
architects and builders is also being developed.
The Alabama Department of Archives & History holds
drawings and sketches, 1842-2008, compiled by Robert
Gamble. There is limited access to this collection.
Please make an appointment with the Archives'
reference desk to view this material. Click
here for the finding aid.
Is this information available to scholars and the
The AHC currently lacks the staff and facilities to
make this information generally available. However,
these records may be viewed by special appointment.
What about general questions on Alabama
architecture, such as early styles and trends, folk
architecture, and the like?
These questions can be addressed by phone, e-mail,
or regular mail.
For more information contact Lee Anne Wofford at
(334) 230-2659 or