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Harris Armstrong Collection (WUA00372)

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Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

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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],
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Series 11: Supplemental Information for Commercial and Architectural ProjectsAdd to your cart.
(includes photographs and documents) (arranged alphabetically)
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Harris Armstrong Archives: Catalogue of Architectural Works by Andrew Raimist, October 2004, Third DraftAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Abrams, Morris Residence (52-5)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: AIA Headquarters Competition (64-4)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Airlines Terminal Building (43-1)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Alcorn Residence (37-5)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Alcorn Residence (37-5) [lawn furniture] and Deffaa Residence (37-6) [verso]Add to your cart.
Folder 7: American Stove Company (Magic Chef Building [46-5])Add to your cart.
(1 of 4)
Folder 8: American Stove Company (Magic Chef Building [46-5])Add to your cart.
(2 of 4)
Folder 9: American Stove Company (Magic Chef Building [46-5])Add to your cart.
(3 of 4)
Folder 10: American Stove Company (Magic Chef Building [46-5])Add to your cart.
(4 of 4)
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Arcularius Residence (28-1)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Armstrong Architectural Office (48-1)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Armstrong Residence I (26-5)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Armstrong Residence II (38-1)Add to your cart.
(1 of 2)
Folder 5: Armstrong Residence II (38-1)Add to your cart.
(2 of 2)
Folder 6: Berry Residence (49-10)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Boone Residence (30-4)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Bormann Residence (43-3)Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Collins, Thompson, Willis and Clapsaddle Office (57-7)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Community Music School (52-6)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Community School Nursery (44-2)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Cori, Carl Residence (35-6)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Crystal Lake C.C. (Caddy House [33-2])Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Crystal Lake C.C. (Clubhouse [35-3])Add to your cart.
Folder 7: De Armand, R.R. Residence (31-2)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Dean, L.W. Residence (48-7)Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Doctors Hospital (Poplar Bluff, MO [55-6])Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Evens, Fred Residence (51-1)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Flourney Residence (30-8)Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Fry Residence (36-4)Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Gables Ten Room (31-1)Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Gardner Advertising Office (45-7)Add to your cart.
[same number as Weekend Mountain Cabin]
Folder 15: Geist, Peter Residence (50-4)Add to your cart.
Folder 16: General Services Administration Office Building (61-5)Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Glaser, Joseph Residence (48-3)Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Graham, Evarts Residence (41-4)Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Grant, Samuel Medical Clinic (38-2)Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Grant, Samuel and Natalie Residence Alteration (48-4)Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Hagedom Bookstore (42-3)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Hall, George O. Residence Alterations (40-4)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Hampton, Henry E. Medical Offices (41-6)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Hampton, Henry Residence (41-1)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Hayden, Ralph O. Residence (46-1)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Herrin Hospital (59-3)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Income Investment Company (37-7)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Industrial Aid for the Blind (38-5)Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Ivanhoe Place Sub-Division (26-1)Add to your cart.
Folder 10: J. Lesser Goldman Books (33-1)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Jackson, Reginald Residence (35-1)Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Jackson, Reginald Residence (35-1) [Modern] and Walker, Mrs. E.D. Residence (36-1) [Colonial American]Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Jacobsmeyer, E.H. Office and Residence (38-3)Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Jefferson National Expansion Memorial - Stage 1 (47-5)Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Jefferson National Expansion memorial - Stage 2 (47-6)Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Kelly Residence (37-2)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Kirkwood Medical and Dental Building (Weineke/Rutledge Medical Building [41-3])Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Kohler, T.N. Residence (48-2)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Kuelthau, Paul Residence (54-6)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Libby Owens Ford Glass Company (Missouri Solar House [47-1])Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Lindell Apartment Tower (30-6)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Logan, George B. Residence (40-1)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Loge, Philip Medical Building (50-7)Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Lounge Chair (43-5)Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Louree Residence (19-1)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Love, Wm. De Loss Residence (39-2)Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Lutheran Church of the Atonement (School Addition II [59-4])Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Main Officer's Open Mess (59-8)Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Marshall County Courthouse (54-5)Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Mays Residence and Office (30-1)Add to your cart.
Folder 16: McCall, E.L. Medical Office and Residence (41-5)Add to your cart.
Folder 17: McClure, J.N. Residence (37-1)Add to your cart.
(1)
Folder 18: McClelland, R.J. Residence (39-3)Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: McClelland, R.J. Residence (39-3)Add to your cart.
(2)
Folder 2: Mendle, Maurice Residence (61-3)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Methodist Children's Home (50-2)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Missouri Lead Smelting Company (67-1)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Mitchell, J.C. Residence (57-2)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Monday Club (32-3)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Motion Picture House in Normandy (36-2)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: O'Bear Residence (32-1)Add to your cart.
Folder 9: O'Keefe, W.A. Residence (37-8)Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Oliver, Mr. and Mrs. Residence (42-1)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Postwar Urban Residence (45-2)Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Prototype Remodel (53-5)Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Quest, Charles and Dorothy Residence (40-2)Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Riverfront Development Study (44-3)Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Robbie, Kenneth Residence (60-3)Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Rockpile (45-4)Add to your cart.
(1 of 2)
Folder 17: Rockpile (45-4)Add to your cart.
(2 of 2)
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sachs, Louis S. Residence (55-4)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Saner, Robert Residence (49-5)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Schwarz, Egon Residence (61-2)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Scruggs, Vandervoort and Barney Department Store (Downtown Branch) - Alterations (46-4)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Semple Developments (45-3)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Semple Developments (43-4)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Semple, Frederick Residence (47-3)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Shell Service Station (34-3)Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Siebert Residence Alterations (55-8)Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Small House in Glendale (34-5)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Smith, Clarence Residence (49-4)Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Smith, Margaret Residence (35-4)Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (Student Christian Foundation [60-2])Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Sprenger, Lucille Clinic (60-4)Add to your cart.
Folder 15: St. Louis Plaza Square Apartments (Master Plan [50-13])Add to your cart.
Folder 16: State Hospital No. 4 at Farmington (58-2)Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Stern Residence (50-8)Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Stickney Residence (30-7)Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Stuebner, R.W. Residence (39-1)Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Taylor Ave. Medical Clinic (45-6)Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Teamster's Building Alterations (58-5)Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Tile Council of America (Modern Kitchen Design [61-4])Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Vollmer, J.J. Residence (54-8)Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Wallace Sculpture Studio (45-5)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Walker, Mrs. E.D. Residence (36-1)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Washington University Cancer Research Laboratory (48-5)Add to your cart.
(1 of 3)
Folder 4: Washington University Cancer Research Laboratory (48-5)Add to your cart.
(2 of 3)
Folder 5: Washington University Cancer Research Laboratory (48-5)Add to your cart.
(3 of 3)
Folder 6: Wasson, Oliver Residence (40-5)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Webb Residence (30-3)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Weekend Mountain Cabin (45-7)Add to your cart.
[same number as Gardner Advertising Office]
Folder 9: Wesley Temple Building (30-5)Add to your cart.
Folder 10: White, Thomas J. (Office Building [64-1])Add to your cart.
Folder 11: White, Thomas J. (Westport Campus ["Office City" Study {68-4}])Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Wichman, H.J. Residence and Store (32-2)Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Williams, Ray David Residence (49-2)Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Y.W.C.A. (Carondelet Branch [52-9])Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Y.W.C.A. County Branch (Clayton [53-4])Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Y.W.C.A. (Kinloch Branch [51-6])Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Grant, Samuel Medical Clinic (38-2)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Competition - Stage 1 (47-5)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Kelly Residence (37-2)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Logan, George B. Residence (40-1)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Scruggs, Vandervoort and Barney Department Store (Downtown Branch [44-1])Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Shanley, Leo Building (35-2)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Shell Service Station Proposals (34-4)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Thompson & Robinson Dental Office (46-2)Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Washington University (Cancer Research Laboratory [48-5])Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 4Add to your cart.
Item 16: Suggestions Regarding Affidavit by Russsell H. Riley in Highland Park Zoning CaseAdd to your cart.
Folder 6Add to your cart.
Item 16: Perry, IowaAdd to your cart.
Folder 7Add to your cart.
Item 16: Topeka, KansasAdd to your cart.
Folder 8Add to your cart.
Item 16: Danville, VirginiaAdd to your cart.
Folder 9Add to your cart.
Item 16: British ColumbiaAdd to your cart.
Folder 10Add to your cart.
Item 16: Brookhaven, MichiganAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Item 16: Bloomington-Normal Illinois Transportation Study 1961-63Add to your cart.
Folder 4Add to your cart.
Item 16: Kalamazoo County, Michigan 1963-64Add to your cart.
Folder 5Add to your cart.
Item 16: Kirkwood, Missouri / June 1960 to October 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 6Add to your cart.
Item 16: Omaha, Nebraska / Westroads Shopping Center 1960-64Add to your cart.

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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