Some of these collections are rare surviving artifacts of exquisite craftsmanship. Others are typical examples of common types of building materials. The collection varies in size from facades weighing hundreds of pounds to the smallest paint sample. Other related artifacts include tools used by craftsmen, architects, and others in the trades and professions related to building construction. Furniture designed specifically for structures and built-in pieces are also represented in the collection.
All of these resources if studied and analyzed provide information about building technology and the three dimensional historic materials of buildings for architectural historians, architects, preservationists, building owners, students or educators.