Asian Historical Architecture

Asian Historical Architecture is a photographic survey of Asia's architectural heritage. Nearly 10,000 photos from 638 sites in eighteen countries are available freely, with background and historical tours for most. The website is a collection of images from many different contributers.

Cupola's Building and Structures Gallery Part One

Part one of the buildings and structures gallery features small galleries of Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical Architecture; Colonial and Early American Buildings; and 19th and early 20th century Victorians and Revivals. Images are small and somewhat poor quality, however. Permission for use of these images is granted for private or educational use only. Copyright information can be found here.

Cupola's Building and Structures Gallery Part Two

Part two of the gallery feature Art Nouveau through 20th century architecture, as well as specialized collections such as bridges and dams, state capitol buildings, and other miscellaneous galleries. The galleries are small in size, and the image quality is fairly low. Permission for use is for private and educational purposes. Copyright information can be found here.

Digital Imaging Project

Bluffton University's Digital Imaging Project hosts a large collection of images of sculpture and architecture from prehistoric to post-modern times. The images are organized by location and there are many featured collections with detailed photographs of buildings and sculptures from various angles. See image use guidelines.

Flickr Groups

Flickr Groups are themed image collections created by members of the Flickr photograph-sharing community. There are thousands of Flickr Groups, and more are created daily. The size and quality of images within the groups varies, but overall I am impressed with the images I find there. Copyright protection varies by photographer. A very popular protection on the site is the Creative Commons license, which allows anyone to use, distribute, and change the photograph as long as attribution is given to the creator. To the right of each photograph the copyright information is displayed.
Selected groups:
- Architectural Details and Decorative Elements
- Architecture 1400-1900
- Buildings/Architecture
- Churches, Chapels, Domes, Mosques, Shrines, and Monasteries
- Concrete Architecture
- Contemporary Architecture
- Interior Architecture
- Light in Architecture

Historic Illustrations

The Historic Illustrations of Art and Architecture Project contains 351 scans of late 19th to early 20th century illustrations of mostly architecture and some art. The collection can be searched, browsed, or you can view the entire collection at once. All the image are open to use by the public.

Museum of the City of New York

The Museum has a Collections Portal, searchable by theme, by borough, by new additions, and by format. The viewable images now number around 100,000, and range from city photographs to art photos to drawings/paintings/sculpture, to postcards, plans, graffiti, etc. Low-resolution, but PowerPoint-worthy images may be downloaded for educational use, as spelled out here.

Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons is a huge media repository maintained by volunteers. The website has hundreds of thousands of files of images, sounds, and videos for many disciplines. The Art section allows you to browse images from various access points, such as country, culture, genre, period, artist, collectors, etc. Navigation through the various links of the site can be time-consuming, so if you are searching for a specific artwork or artist it would be best to use the search feature (since images are hidden until you get to the most specific category). All of the media files on the site are supposed to be available for educational use-- the specific license conditions of each file can be found on their description pages.
Selected galleries:
- Architecture
- Architectural Drawings
- Architectural Elements
- Architectural Models
- Architectural Styles
- Architecture by Century
- Architecture in Heraldry
- Church Architecture

World Architecture

The World Architectural History Survey is a collection of architecture photographs from prehistory to contemporary times. The project was created at Bryn Mawr College and the images are to be used for non-profit educational purposes. The site is easy to navigate and most of the images are accessible just one click away from the front page.
--Ancient to Renaissance
--Renaissance to Modern

World Images Kiosk

The World Images Kiosk is a collection of over 50,000 images hosted by California State University. The collection is very multi-cultural and it's a great resource for non-western art, which can often be difficult to find online in English. All images may be used freely for educational purposes. These links are hosted through the WorldImages Kiosk, although they are made available through CIELO donors. Some donors have given permission for their images to be distributed freely on the Web, while others want their images limited to California State University. 19th and 20th century architecture is presented in this collection, with great images and many different angles for some buildings. The images are searchable, but not browsable.
The World Images Kiosk has many other categories of Architectural images, available by searching in the upper left corner box of the home page.
Selected galleries:
--19th & 20th century
--Architecture Diagrams
--Architecture 19th century
--Architecture European 20th & 21st century
--Architecture Vernacular


Vitruvio "aims to collect information about architecture, put it in order according to a predetermined method and let everybody use it freely (students, architects, experts, etc..)." The side bar on the left allows for navigation by date, as well as by architect ('Masters'), location ('Architectural Guide'), and type of building ('Themes'). Much of the information provided is in Italian, with some translations. The images are fantastic quality, but are unavailable at a large size. This site also provides links to other useful pages (listed as 'Resources').