Alabama Historical Commission, Alabama SHPO

Architectural History Program

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 section.

Frequently Asked Questions  
What kind of information is available on Alabama architecture?
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 they disappear.   
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 the AHC's  architectural 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 general public?
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


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