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Harris Armstrong Collection (WUA00372)

Overview

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Personal and Professional Development

Publications Featuring Prominent Architects and Contemporary Architectural Subjects

Specifications and Correspondence for Commercial Architectural Projects

Specifications and Correspondence for Residential Architectural Projects

Oversized Plans for Commercial Architectural Projects

Oversized Plans for Residential Architectural Projects

Oversized Plans for Residential Furnishing Projects

Oversized Renderings, Photographs, and Miscellany for Unidentified Architectural Projects

Oversized Renderings, Photographs, and Miscellany for Various Architectural Projects

Oversized Education, Professional Qualifications, and Miscellany

Supplemental Information for Commercial and Architectural Projects

Photographs of Various Projects



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Collection Overview

Title: Harris Armstrong Collection (WUA00372), 1924-1972Add to your cart.

ID: WUA/06/wua00372

Primary Creator: Armstrong, Harris

Extent: 33.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

This collection is divided into twelve (12) series as follows:

Series 1: Personal and Professional Development (arranged alphabetically)

Series 2: Publications Featuring Prominent Architects and Contemporary Architectural Subjects (arranged alphabetically)

Series 3: Specifications and Correspondence for Commercial Architectural Projects (arranged alphabetically)

Series 4: Specifications and Correspondence for Residential Architectural Projects (arranged alphabetically)

Series 5: Oversized Plans for Commercial Architectural Projects (arranged alphabetically)

Series 6: Oversized Plans for Residential Architectural Projects (arranged alphabetically)

Series 7: Oversized Plans for Residential Furnishing Projects (arranged alphabetically by project name)

Series 8: Oversized Renderings, Photographs, and Miscellany for Unidentified Architectural Projects (arranged by size)

Series 9: Oversized Renderings, Photographs, and Miscellany for Various Architectural Projects (arranged by size)

Series 10: Oversized Education, Professional Qualifications, and Miscellany

Series 11: Supplemental Information for Commercial and Architectural Projects (includes photographs and documents) (arranged alphabetically)

Series 12: Photographs of Various Projects (arranged by size, then alphabetically) This series includes photographs from at least one exhibit of Armstrong’s work, “Midwest Modern”, based on the label on the back of most photographs.  See the text explaining this exhibit in Box 4.  Posters from another exhibit are also included in Box 4, which may have included these photographs.

When given, project numbers generally indicate that a contract was signed, bids secured, and the project completed.  Armstrong assigned the year and project order. For example 57-6 would indicate the initial planning was in 1957 and was the sixth project of that year.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection documents the career of St. Louis architect Harris Armstrong. Materials include specifications, plans, and architectural drawings for residential, commercial, and furnishing projects; photographs of projects; and professional publications and correspondence.

Collection Historical Note

Harris Armstrong (April 6, 1899 – December 15, 1973) was a well-read and largely self-taught modern architect revered for his masterful application of strikingly colorful, innovative, and spacious structures for every use conceivable.  Especially popular in America's Middle West from the 1930's to 1960's, Armstrong's favored designs quietly echoed the Scandinavian and Asian tendency of observing economic resourcefulness of material and elegant simplicity of form, coupled with his self-defined brash interpretation of Frank Lloyd Wright's work.

After serving in the United States Army Air Corps as a private during the First World War, Armstrong studied architecture at both Ohio State University and Washington University, though he never graduated from either institution.   From 1924 to the early 1930's Armstrong served as a draftsman in several firms in New York and St. Louis.  It was when Armstrong worked as a landscape gardener during the Depression that his novel architectural vision of combining flavorful interior and exterior design elements began to mature. In the mid 1930's, Armstrong formally started his own practice in Kirkwood, Missouri.

Highly sought after for his daring designs and known for his flamboyant and engaging disposition, Armstrong was equally successful in procuring scores of residential and commercial contracts.  In St. Louis, some of his residential clients included Doctors Carl and Gerty Cori (Nobel Peace Prize recipients) and Dr. Henry Hampton.  His notable commercial projects and clients in St. Louis included Washington University, McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, American Stove Company, Scruggs-Vandervoort-Barney, the St. Louis Ethical Society, the Kirkwood Community Center, the Lutheran Church of the Atonement, and various Y.W.C.A. branches.  Additionally, Armstrong was the only solo-finalist in the design competition for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis.

Administrative Information

Repository: WUA University Archives

Accruals: Accruals have been added to form Series 11 at the end of the collection.

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Method: Harris Armstrong’s wife, Louise McClelland Armstrong, donated the material to Washington University’s School of Architecture in 1974-1975 when Constantine Michaelides was Dean of the School of Architecture.  In 1997, Cynthia Weese, then Dean of the School of Architecture, worked with Carole Prietto, then University Archivist, to transfer the material from the School of Architecture to University Archives.

Preferred Citation: [Item description]. From the [collection title, series, box, folder]. University Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Processing Information: Processed by Jay Kempen in August 1999.  Revised by Sarah Pabarcus in November 2006.  Revised by Jane Fiegen in August 2009.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Hannah Barg in July 2012.

Other Note: When given, project numbers generally indicate that a contract was signed, bids secured, and the project completed.  Armstrong assigned the year and project order. For example 57-6 would indicate the initial planning was in 1957 and was the sixth project of that year.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Personal and Professional Development],
[Series 2: Publications Featuring Prominent Architects and Contemporary Architectural Subjects],
[Series 3: Specifications and Correspondence for Commercial Architectural Projects],
[Series 4: Specifications and Correspondence for Residential Architectural Projects],
[Series 5: Oversized Plans for Commercial Architectural Projects],
[Series 6: Oversized Plans for Residential Architectural Projects],
[Series 7: Oversized Plans for Residential Furnishing Projects],
[Series 8: Oversized Renderings, Photographs, and Miscellany for Unidentified Architectural Projects],
[Series 9: Oversized Renderings, Photographs, and Miscellany for Various Architectural Projects],
[Series 10: Oversized Education, Professional Qualifications, and Miscellany],
[Series 11: Supplemental Information for Commercial and Architectural Projects],
[Series 12: Photographs of Various Projects],
[All]

Series 5: Oversized Plans for Commercial Architectural ProjectsAdd to your cart.
(arranged alphabetically)
Box DR 13.11Add to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: 46-5: American Stove Company (St. Louis, MO) Administration BuildingAdd to your cart.
(x36)
Folder 1AAdd to your cart.
Item 1: 46-5: American Stove Company (St. Louis, MO) Administration BuildingAdd to your cart.
(x14)
Folder 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Bailey's General Store (Sanibel, FL) Gallery / PorchAdd to your cart.
Gallery/Porch (x1)
Item 2: 71-1: Community Music School Alterations and Additions (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x2)
Item 3: Cupples Products Corp (St. Louis, MO) Alumi-Coustic ExhibitAdd to your cart.
Item 4: 57-8: Delta Petroleum Corp (Columbia, MO)Add to your cart.
(x2)
Item 5: 69-2: Four Oaks Nursing Home (Imperial, MO)Add to your cart.
(x2)
Item 6: Friedman, Brokaw, Samish (St. Louis, MO), New Quarters forAdd to your cart.
(x3)
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: 55-6: Doctors Hospital Alterations and Additions (Poplar Bluff, MO)Add to your cart.
(x8)
Folder 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: 60-5: Epiphany Episcopal Church (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x41)
Folder 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: 62-2: Ethical Society of St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) County BuildingAdd to your cart.
(x36)
Folder 6Add to your cart.
Item 1: Federal Office Bldg. (Kansas City, MO)Add to your cart.
(x43)
Box DR 13.12Add to your cart.
Folder 7Add to your cart.
Item 1: 64-3: First Church of God (Desoto, MO)Add to your cart.
(x23)
Folder 8Add to your cart.
Item 1: 38-2: Grant, Samuel B. Medical Clinic (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
Medical Clinic (x17)
Item 2: 59-5: Grant Medical Clinic Additions (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x17)
Folder 9Add to your cart.
Item 1: 42-3: Hagedorn Book Store City Art Museum Branch (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x4)
Item 2: 57-3: Hammond Organ Studio (Brentwood, MO)Add to your cart.
For Murray, Alton V.
Item 3: 41-6: Hampton, Henry E. Medical Building (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x6)
Item 4: 61-1: Hampton, Henry E. Medical Offices (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x4)
Item 5: 41-7: Hancock, O.C. Dental Building (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x7)
Item 6: 37-7: Income Investment Co. (Luxemburg, MO)Add to your cart.
(x4)
Item 7: 33-1: J Lesser Goldman Books (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x4)
Folder 10Add to your cart.
Item 1: 38-5: Industrial Aid for the Blind (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x10)
Folder 11Add to your cart.
Item 1: 54-5: Keyhole Mini Cine (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x6)
Item 2: 47-1: Libbey Owens Ford Glass Co. Missouri Solar HouseAdd to your cart.
(x6)
Item 3: 50-7: Loge, Philip J. and Carl L. Cook Medical Office (Redlands, CA)Add to your cart.
(x4)
Item 4: Marshall Berry Store (Brentwood, MO)Add to your cart.
(x8)
Item 5: Mary Institute Headmaster's Residence  (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
Item 6: 49-6: Mermod Jaccard King (Clayton, MO)Add to your cart.
(x9)
Item 7: 50-2: Methodist Children's Home (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x18)
Item 8: 36-2: Motion Picture House (Normandy, MO)Add to your cart.
(x6)
Item 9: New Cat and Fiddle Sandwich Shop (University City, MO)Add to your cart.
(x14)
Item 10: Neward Cook and CompanyAdd to your cart.
(x2)
Folder 12Add to your cart.
Item 1: 65-4: Kirkwood Community Center (MO)Add to your cart.
(x41)
Folder 13Add to your cart.
Item 1: Kirkwood/Glendale Dept. of Recreation Circus Wagon StageAdd to your cart.
Item 2: 63-1: Kirkwood Park Amphitheater (MO)Add to your cart.
(x9)
Box DR 13.13Add to your cart.
Folder 14Add to your cart.
Item 1: 65-3: McDonnell Aircraft Corp. Buildings 105, 106, 107, Max Tract (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x58); SEE ALSO -- OS TUBE for aditional items
Folder 14AAdd to your cart.
Item 1: 65-3: McDonnell Aircraft Corp. Demographic Plans and Studies  (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x10)
Folder 15Add to your cart.
Item 1: 56-3: McDonnell Aircraft Corp. Building 102  (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x4)
Folder 15AAdd to your cart.
Item 1: [45-77]: [McDonnell Aircraft Corp.] Buildings 102, 103, 202-05 (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
Folder 16Add to your cart.
Item 1: 55-7: McDonnell Aircraft Corp. Buildings 32, 33, Bomb Shelter and Civilian Defense Control Center (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x60)
Folder 17Add to your cart.
Item 1: 55-7: McDonnell Aircraft Corp. Building 33 (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x38)
Box OS Tube 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 65-3: McDonnell Aircraft Corp. Building 105, 106, 107  (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
CONTINUATION; Oversized Tube Located Above Map Cases
Box DR 13.14Add to your cart.
Folder 18Add to your cart.
Item 1: 67-1: Missouri Lead Smelting Co. Administration Building (Salem, MO)Add to your cart.
(x12)
Folder 19Add to your cart.
Item 1: 62-3: Moog Servocontrols Assembly Test Bldg. 10 (East Aurora, NY)Add to your cart.
(x29)
Folder 20Add to your cart.
Item 1: 65-6: Moog Incorporated Industrial Division Phase I (East Aurora, NY)Add to your cart.
(x25)
Folder 21Add to your cart.
Item 1: 67-3: Moog Incorporated Industrial Division Phase II  (East Aurora, NY)Add to your cart.
(x21)
Folder 22Add to your cart.
Item 1: 45-1: OA Knell Company (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x4)
Item 2: Rockhill Rest home (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x2)
Item 3: 52-7: Rose Acre Gardens - Garden Shop (Webster Groves, MO)Add to your cart.
(x3)
Item 4: Rural Electrification Administration - Diesel Generator Plant Alaska 3G Kodiak (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x8)
Item 5: 43-4: Semple Developments (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x4)
Item 6: 45-3: Semple Developments (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x4)
Item 7: Southern Illinois University Student Christian Foundation (Carbondale, IL)Add to your cart.
(x13)
Folder 23Add to your cart.
Item 1: Riverfront Square (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x12)
Folder 24Add to your cart.
Item 1: 58-1: Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x10)
Folder 25Add to your cart.
Item 1: Scruggs, Vandervoort, Barney, Inc. Department Store (Clayton, MO)Add to your cart.
(x6)
Folder 26Add to your cart.
Item 1: 58-2: State Hospital No. 4 : Recreation Bldgs. A & B, Solaria, Clinic Bldg., Chapel, Outpatient Bldg., and Nurses Bldg. (Farmington, MO)Add to your cart.
(x46)
Box DR 13.15Add to your cart.
Folder 27Add to your cart.
Item 1: 65-2: Western Textile Products Company - Manufacturing Plant & OfficeAdd to your cart.
(x15)
Folder 28Add to your cart.
Item 1: 64-1: White, Thomas J. (Brentwood, MO)Add to your cart.
(x60)
Folder 29Add to your cart.
Item 1: 67-2: White, Thomas J. Towne and Country Shopping Center (Overland, MO)Add to your cart.
(x5)
Item 2: 68-4: White, Thomas J. Research & Development Bldg. No. 106 Westport Campus (Maryland Heights, MO)Add to your cart.
(x19)
Folder 30Add to your cart.
Item 1: White, Thomas J. Executive City ComplexAdd to your cart.
(x60)
Folder 31Add to your cart.
Item 1: Sprenger, Lucille A. Medical Offices  (Peoria, IL)Add to your cart.
(x6)
Item 2: 31-1: Stiles, Mary G. : A Tea Room for (University City, MO)Add to your cart.
(x12)
Item 3: 50-3: Thomas Jefferson School Field House & Classrooms  (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x4)
Item 4: 46-2: Thompson & Robinson Dental Office Building (Webster Groves, MO)Add to your cart.
(x4)
Item 5: 60-1: Trinity Episcopal Church (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x3)
Item 6: 53-3: U.SG. Research Village (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x5)
Item 7: Washington University Cancer Research Laboratory (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
Item 8: 49-11: Wilson, James P. Office  (Clayton, MO)Add to your cart.
Folder 32Add to your cart.
Item 1: Y.W.C.A. Midtown Branch (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
Item 2: 51-6: Y.W.C.A. Kinloch Branch (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x7)
Item 3: 52-8: Y.W.C.A. Wheatly Branch (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x13)
Item 4: 52-9: Y.W.C.A. Carondelet Branch (St. Louis, MO)Add to your cart.
(x18)
Item 5: 53-4: Y.W.C.A. County BranchAdd to your cart.
(x14)
Item 6: 54-10: Y.W.C.A. Central BranchAdd to your cart.
(x8)
Folder 33Add to your cart.
Item 1: Unidentifiable Commercial PlansAdd to your cart.
(x12)

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Personal and Professional Development],
[Series 2: Publications Featuring Prominent Architects and Contemporary Architectural Subjects],
[Series 3: Specifications and Correspondence for Commercial Architectural Projects],
[Series 4: Specifications and Correspondence for Residential Architectural Projects],
[Series 5: Oversized Plans for Commercial Architectural Projects],
[Series 6: Oversized Plans for Residential Architectural Projects],
[Series 7: Oversized Plans for Residential Furnishing Projects],
[Series 8: Oversized Renderings, Photographs, and Miscellany for Unidentified Architectural Projects],
[Series 9: Oversized Renderings, Photographs, and Miscellany for Various Architectural Projects],
[Series 10: Oversized Education, Professional Qualifications, and Miscellany],
[Series 11: Supplemental Information for Commercial and Architectural Projects],
[Series 12: Photographs of Various Projects],
[All]


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