Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of (NMAH, SI)
Belden & Company 45 Clinton Street, Newark, N.J.
Valentine, P. O. 33 Homestead, Park, Newark
Woolworth Building New York (N.Y.)
New York Life Insurance Building
Supreme Court Building Washington (D.C.)
Seaside Sanatorium Waterford, Conn
Photoprints: Silver gelatin on paper, 8" x 10", mounted on linen
Drawings: Graphite on paper
15 cu. ft.: 70 boxes
Pastels (visual works)
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.
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.
Cass Gilbert Collection, 1897-1936, Archives Center, National Museum of American History