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Harris Armstrong Collection (WUA00372)

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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 6: Oversized Plans for Residential Architectural ProjectsAdd to your cart.
(arranged alphabetically)
Box DR 14.1Add to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Armand, R.R.Add to your cart.
(x10)
Item 2: Armstrong, HarrisAdd to your cart.
(x10)
Item 3: Bixby, Ralph F.Add to your cart.
(x1)
Item 4: Boles, C. ReadAdd to your cart.
(x1)
Item 5: Bolsterli, FrancesAdd to your cart.
(x1)
Item 6: Boyd, Dr. R. A.Add to your cart.
SEE ALSO -- Thomson, Mehran addition, Series 06, Folder 10
Item 7: [Bry], ErwinAdd to your cart.
(x2)
Item 8: Cammack, HowardAdd to your cart.
(x5)
Item 9: Charles, Robert H.Add to your cart.
(x1)
Item 10: Cori, CarlAdd to your cart.
(x4)
Item 11: 37-2: Country House on the MississippiAdd to your cart.
(x14)
Item 12: Crossen, Robert J.Add to your cart.
(x2)
Item 13: 48-7: Dean, L.W.Add to your cart.
(x1)
Item 14: 47-2: Dorsey, C.K.Add to your cart.
(x4)
Item 15: 51-1: Eyens, FredAdd to your cart.
(x10)
Folder 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: 36-3: Friedman, Charles StixAdd to your cart.
(x1)
Item 2: 34-1: Gale, L.C.Add to your cart.
(x1)
Item 3: 59-2: Garcia, FrancesAdd to your cart.
(x3)
Item 4: 50-4: Geist, Peter IIIAdd to your cart.
(x3)
Item 5: Gildea, Edwin and MargaretAdd to your cart.
(x1)
Item 6: Glaser, JosephAdd to your cart.
(x7)
Item 7: 41-4: Graham, EvartsAdd to your cart.
(x9)
Item 8: 48-4: Grant, Samuel and NatalieAdd to your cart.
(x5)
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: 40-4: Hall, George HamiltonAdd to your cart.
(x1)
Item 2: 41-1: Hampton, Henry E.Add to your cart.
(x12)
Item 3: Hawthorne MeadowAdd to your cart.
(x1)
Item 4: 46-1: Hayden, Ralph O.Add to your cart.
(x9)
Item 5: 54-4: Hochschild, PeterAdd to your cart.
(x1)
Item 6: Hogan, GrayvilleAdd to your cart.
(x3)
Item 7: 47-1: House BeautifulAdd to your cart.
(x4)
Item 8: 54-3: Hunter, LeeAdd to your cart.
(x10)
Folder 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: 38-6: Jackes, StanleyAdd to your cart.
(x9)
Item 2: 35-1: Jackson, ReginaldAdd to your cart.
(x4)
Item 3: 38-3: Jacobsmeyer, E.H.Add to your cart.
(x5)
Item 4: 48-2: Kohler, T.N.Add to your cart.
(x5)
Item 5: 54-6: Kuelthau, PaulAdd to your cart.
(x2)
Item 6: Leach, B.K.Add to your cart.
(x1)
Item 7: 40-1: Logan, Goerge B.Add to your cart.
(x7)
Item 8: 59-7: Love, Mary PotterAdd to your cart.
(x4)
Folder 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: 69-1: Lewis, Carter B.Add to your cart.
(x45)
Box DR 14.2Add to your cart.
Folder 6Add to your cart.
Item 1: 58-6: McCall, E.L.Add to your cart.
(x4)
Item 2: 39-3: McClelland, F.M. and R.J.Add to your cart.
(x10)
Item 3: 37-1: McClure, J.N.Add to your cart.
(x3)
Item 4: 68-1: McDermott, Curtis T.Add to your cart.
(x2)
Item 5: Mendle, Maurice (Florida Home)Add to your cart.
(x3)
Item 6: 61-3: Mendle, MauriceAdd to your cart.
(x10)
Item 7: Meyer, John P.Add to your cart.
(x7)
Folder 7Add to your cart.
Item 1: Millstone, DavidAdd to your cart.
(x1)
Item 2: 57-2: Mitchell, J.C.Add to your cart.
(x8)
Item 3: 63-4: Moog, William C., Jr.Add to your cart.
(x11)
Item 4: 46-6: Nevard, Chapin S.Add to your cart.
(x1)
Item 5: 63-2: Newmann, Ernest K.Add to your cart.
(x11)
Item 6: 32-1: Obear, William F.Add to your cart.
(x1)
Item 7: Post, LawrenceAdd to your cart.
(x1)
Item 8: 59-9 Otto, Julie and CarlAdd to your cart.
Folder 8Add to your cart.
Item 1: 59-6: Philips, PerryAdd to your cart.
(x15)
Item 2: Reed, Bill and NancyAdd to your cart.
(x1)
Item 3: 35-1: Regina, Mr. and Mrs.Add to your cart.
(x1)
Item 4: 37-8: Residence at MoberlyAdd to your cart.
(x3)
Item 5: Rogers, EdmundAdd to your cart.
(x1)
Item 6: 55-4: Sachs, Louis S.Add to your cart.
(x14)
Box DR 14.3Add to your cart.
Folder 9Add to your cart.
Item 1: 61-2: Schwarz, EgonAdd to your cart.
(x8)
Item 2: 47-3: Semple, FrederickAdd to your cart.
(x7)
Item 3: 35-2: Shanley, LeoAdd to your cart.
(x5)
Item 4: Stearn, Noel K.Add to your cart.
(x2)
Item 5: 49-3: Stockstrom, ArthurAdd to your cart.
(x11)
Item 6: Stribling, G. CarrollAdd to your cart.
(x1)
Item 7: 39-1: Stuebner, R.W.Add to your cart.
(x5)
Item 8: 49-5 Saner, RobertAdd to your cart.
Folder 10Add to your cart.
Item 1: 55-9: Thomson, Mehran (addition) Boyd, Dr. R. A. (original house) (Daylighting Research House - Woodlawn Drive, Ann Arbor, MI)Add to your cart.
(x3, 2 copies) (x7)
Item 2: 65-4: Topping, MalAdd to your cart.
(x4)
Item 3: 35-5: Van Dyke, J.R.Add to your cart.
(x3)
Item 4: 63-3: Van Sant, James A. and JeffreyAdd to your cart.
(x3)
Item 5: 54-8: Vollmer, J.J.Add to your cart.
(x8)
Folder 11Add to your cart.
Item 1: 32-2: Wichman, H.J.Add to your cart.
(x10)
Item 2: 49-2: Williams, RayAdd to your cart.
(x2)
Item 3: 62-1: Willier, RobertAdd to your cart.
(x1)
Item 4: 36-1 Walker, Mrs. E.D.Add to your cart.
Folder 12Add to your cart.
Item 1: Unidentifiable Residential PlansAdd to your cart.
(x38)

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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