National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
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Notebooks, card file, architectural plans, elevations, details, drawings, and designs for chairs, desks, cabinets, picture frames, etc. relating to Proetz's renovation of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Many of the designs and records pre-dating the renovation were evidently used by Proetz in the renovation.
Included are 7 notebooks, 1948-1955, recording work; ca. 280 photocopies of designs for furniture, fireplaces, lamps, and other accessories; a card file of American architects; and a file of drawings, notes, and photographs relating to work done for the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; drawings, ca. 1930-1960, including: architectural plans for the renovation; elevations, details, electrical layouts, and proposed furniture for the homes of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hexter, and Joshua S. Cospen; and alterations and additions to the home of George D. Widener.
Victor Hugo Proetz papers, [ca. 1930]-1965. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Architect, interior designer; New York, N.Y. and Washington, D.C. Proetz was a close friend and associate of the Charles Nagel, the first director of the National Portrait Gallery.
Transferred from the National Portrait Gallery 1977-1979.
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