Digital Image LibrarY

The Digital Image Library is an online collection of photographs of all of New York City’s designated historic districts. All photographs were taken in 2004 and 2005 unless otherwise noted. This library is intended to provide a snapshot of the architectural character, styles, details and streetscapes present in each district. These photos provide a unique contemporary record of the city’s historic districts which does not exist elsewhere. In some cases, these pictures will illustrate a neighborhood that has had three decades of preservation oversight, in others, it will show them before the effects of designation are felt.

The photos on this site are a sampling of the photos we have on file in our offices in a searchable database. The images will be cataloged by district, type of building and architectural detail.

All images may be used free of charge for research and publications with approval from the Historic Districts Council. High-resolution versions of all images are available but photos may not be sold or published without HDC's permission.


Support for this project provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Questions and requests for research appointments should be directed to or by calling 212 614-9107.

To custom-order cards, prints and posters of selected images from the collection click here.


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