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Cass Gilbert Collection, 1897-1936

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Artist.:
Gilbert, Cass 1859-1934
Collector:
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of (NMAH, SI)
Photographer:
Belden & Company 45 Clinton Street, Newark, N.J.
Valentine, P. O. 33 Homestead, Park, Newark
Subject:
Woolworth Building New York (N.Y.)
New York Life Insurance Building
Supreme Court Building Washington (D.C.)
Seaside Sanatorium Waterford, Conn
Physical description:
Photoprints: Silver gelatin on paper, 8" x 10", mounted on linen
Drawings: Graphite on paper
15 cu. ft.: 70 boxes
Type:
Pastels (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Drawings
Pencil works
Photographs
Correspondence
Personal papers
Contracts
Clippings
Statistics
Booklets
Specifications
Sketchbooks
Pamphlets
Business records
Place:
United States
U.S
Date:
1897
1897-1936
1890-1940
1900-1950
1880-1950
Notes:
American architect of commercial and public buildings, b. Zanesville, Ohio; educated in St. Paul, Minnesota. Firmly supportive of the European tradition and the eastern academic league of architects. Among his many familiar public buildings are the Treasury Annex and the Supreme Court, Washington, D.C., the state capitol buildings of West Virginia, Arkansas, and Minnesota, and the public libraries of St. Louis and Detroit. His most famous building is the Woolworth Building in New York (1913); with its 55 stories and Gothic ornament, it is considered Gilbert's greatest achievement.
Summary:
Correspondence (1919-1932), contracts, statistical data, news clippings, booklets, miscellaneous Gilbert papers, three volumes of specification data of the Supreme Court Buildings, twenty pencil and pastel sketchbooks of Gilbert's periodic travels in Europe, 1897-1932, and a box of miscellaneous unbound sketches, including many for the Supreme Court. The bulk of the collection consists of bound volumes containing photoprints of forty-one Gilbert buildings under construction.
Photographers include Belden & Company (45 Clinton Street, Newark, N.J.) and P. O. Valentine (33 Homestead Park, Newark, N.J.). The photographs are mounted on linen, in cloth-covered loose-leaf binders bearing building or project names. Most photograph volumes each contain more than 100 prints, including duplicates. For example, Vol. 49, on the Seaside Sanatorium (Waterford, Conn.) contains 149 prints from approx. 75 different negatives.
Cite as:
Cass Gilbert Collection, 1897-1936, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Civil engineers
Architecture
Engineering
Civil engineering
Commercial buildings
Public architecture
Bridges
Architects
Local number:
239827 (NMAH Acc.)
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Cass Gilbert Collection 1897-1936 [Gilbert, Cass 1859-1934]
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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