Historic American Buildings Survey

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Click here to see the HABS photographs and plans of the Jail done in 1937.

In 1933, the National Park Service established the Historic Buildings Survey following a proposal by Charles E. Peterson, a young NPS landscape architect. It was founded as a constructive make-work program for architects, draftsmen and photographers left jobless by the Great Depression. Guided by field instructions from Washington D.C., the first HABS recorders were tasked with documenting a representative sampling of America's architechtural heritage. By creating an archive of historic architecture, HABS provided a database of primary source material and documentation for the then-fledgling historic preservation movement. 

The permanent collection of HABS is housed at the Library of Congress.