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Alfons Bach Papers, 1934-1992

Donor:
Bach, Alfons 1904-1999
Collector:
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive
Subject:
Philco Corporation
Heywood-Wakefield Company
Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Company
General Electric Company
Sach's New York
Callaway Mills
Ridgeway Center
Palm Trail Plaza
Seneca Textile Building
Physical description:
6 cu. ft.: 4 boxes
Type:
Scrapbooks
Collection descriptions
Exhibition catalogs
Sketches
Plans
Proposals
Speeches
Writings
Aerial photographs
Clippings
Photographs
Slides
Awards
Certificates
Place:
United States
Date:
1934
1934-1992
20th century
Notes:
Industrial designer, architect, and painter. Born in Germany, 1904. Bach studied film directing and design in Europe. He turned to industrial design upon immigrating to the United States in 1926. His design work from 1932-53 include a Philco radio, furniture for Heywood-Wakefield, carpets for Bigelow-Sanford, and appliances for General Electric. Bach designed and built his own home in Stamford, Connecticut, in 1938.
In the late 1940s, he developed a plan for one of the first shopping malls in America, the Ridgeway Center of Stamford. He remodeled the interior and exterior of Sach's furniture store, 1948-49, and redesigned the Seneca Textile Building on 34th Street in Manhattan in 1952. Bach moved to Florida in 1959, where he designed the Palm Trail Plaza, a marina apartment complex in Delray Beach, completed in 1961. In addition, Bach was also a noted painter. His watercolors were featured in numerous exhibitions in the United States and Europe.
Summary:
This collection documents Bach's work as an industrial designer, architect, and painter from 1934-1992.
Biographical files: cover the period from 1938-1989 and include resumes, clippings, correspondence, certificates, awards, speeches, brochures for exhibitions, and artwork.
Project files: cover the period from 1934-1961 and contain clippings, catalogs, brochures, and scrapbooks.
The files on the Ridgeway Center mall are particularly extensive. Photographs cover the period from 1937-1961 and document Bach's design projects, particularly the Ridgeway Center, his house in Stamford, and the Miami and New York offices of Callaway Mills. Portraits of Bach and his family are included. Glass lantern slides document seven of Bach's interior and exterior design projects. Also included are several signed and numbered prints of Bach's watercolor scenes of the Riviera.
Cite as:
Alfons Bach Papers, 1934-1992, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Architects
Design, Industrial
Interior decoration
Architecture--Designs and plans
Shopping malls
Watercolor painting
Display of merchandise
Furniture design
Radio--Receivers and reception
Carpets
Apartment houses
Industrial designers
Local number:
2012.3089 (NMAH Acc.)
1993-108-1
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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