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We hope the following links about Southern California's architectural and cultural heritage inspire you to explore the rich legacy of our built environment. Pleaseemail usif a link is no longer valid. Enjoy!

Research Resources

Arts & Architecture Magazine- Searchable online archive of this seminal magazine on modern architecture in Southern California. Image library of architectural photos in Southern California and beyond.

Built in America- Library of Congress collection on historic American buildings.

Changing Times- UCLA archive of Los Angeles in photographs from the Daily News.

LAPL Photo Archives- Searchable database of thousands of historical photos from the Los Angeles Public Library's photo archives.

Online Archive of California- A digital information resource that facilitates and provides access to materials such as manuscripts, photographs, and works of art held in libraries, museums, archives, and other institutions across California.

Getty Research Institute- Including the archives of the seminal architectural photographer, Julius Shulman, Pierre Koenig, and John Lautner.

Cal Poly Pomona Library Archive- The ENV Archives-Special Collections is an extremely significant collection of records on southern California modernism. The principal collections represent the architectural works of Raphael Soriano, Craig Ellwood, Richard J. Neutra, Donald Wexler, and Francis Dean.

UCLA Library Special Collections Archive- Houses the architectural archives of Richard Neutra and the photo archives of the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Daily News.

SAHARA- The online photo archive for members of SAH National. Users must be a member of SAH National to access.

Architecture and Design Collection at UC Santa Barbara


California Preservation Foundation- Advocacy organization and resource for historic preservation in the state of California.

Eames Foundation- Featuring the architecture and design work of Charles and Ray Eames.

The Gamble House- The seminal work by craftsman architects Charles and Henry Greene.

Friends of Hollyhock House- Nonprofit organization dedicated to preservation and educational programming at the Frank Lloyd Wright house designed for Aline Barnsdall

Institute of Classical Architecture- Nonprofit organization

LA Heritage Alliance: The Los Angeles Heritage Alliance works to support heritage organizations in Los Angeles to more effectively promote and preserve the region’s heritage through increased communications.

Los Angeles Conservancy- Los Angeles' pre-eminent preservation advocacy organization

Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design- A non-profit organization dedicated to supporting innovative art, architecture, design, and urbanism. The Forum generates events, initiates publications, and instigates discussion to engage both design professionals and the broader community in Los Angeles and beyond.

LA ModCom- Educational and preservation advocacy organization dedicated to mid-century modern architecture in Los Angeles.

MAK Center- Stewards of the R.M. Schindler Kings Road Studio, tours, art exhibits and other educational and cultural programs

Palm Springs Modern Committee- Education and preservation advocacy organization dedicated to preserving the modern architectural legacy of Palm Springs

Pasadena Heritage- Preserves and protects the historic, architectural, and cultural resources of the City of Pasadena through advocacy, education, and oral histories.

Photo Friends- Non-profit organization supporting the Los Angeles Public Library's photo collection through acquisition and educational events

Santa Monica Conservancy- Santa Monica's pre-eminent preservation advocacy organization

Society of Architectural Historians- The national organization of which SAH/SCC is a chapter

Cool Sites Worth a Visit

Big Orange Landmarks: Exploring Los Angeles Landmarks, one monument at a time.

VDL House- Official site of the VDL Research House by Richard Neutra with information on tours and preservation

S. Charles Lee- UCLA digital archive featuring photos and historic documents

The Paul Williams Project- Website devoted to the noted architect and his work.

A + D Museum- The Los Angeles-based museum devoted to architecture and design.

Historic Aerials- Historic Aerial photos from as far back as the 1930s.

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