Friday, December 6, 2013
Every December, we post some of our favorite things in the archives--holiday cards designed by architects from our collections. This year we start with one that is truly meaningful for all of us here at the College of Architecture and Planning. It's one of a series of Noel cards designed by the first dean of the college, Charlie Sappenfield, who sadly passed away earlier this year. The card is undated, but was likely sent during the holidays in the late 1960s. A true Modernist, Sappenfield's design for the card displays a restrained color palette with a graphic that is both strong and playful.
Image: Noel holiday card, undated. Charles M. Sappenfield Architectural Records, Drawings + Documents Archive, Ball State University.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Image: Monument Circle holiday model photograph, date unknown. Fran Schroeder Architectural Records, Drawings + Documents Archive, Ball State University.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Serving on the Archives Research Award Committee are Karen Keddy, assistant professor in the Department of Architecture; Amy Trendler, architecture librarian; and Carol Street, archivist. Dr. Keddy describes the archives and new award as “CAP is very fortunate to have such an amazing resource as the archives within the building itself. This award is one more way to engage students in the exciting world of archival research. Not only does this award honor those students who already engage in outstanding archival research, but it is hoped that it will also serve to attract and motivate those students who have an interest in this type of research.”
Any Ball State University undergraduate or graduate student studying Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Urban Design, or Historic Preservation is eligible to receive this award. Since the academic project for which students will be considered for the award can be a creative project as well as a traditional writing project, we hope to receive a wide range of submissions that span across all of the disciplines here at the college.
Professors, please encourage your students to apply for this exciting new award. The members of the award committee are very much looking forward to seeing how students have been using the collections. Entry forms are available in the archives and on our website. The deadline to apply is March 1st.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Recessions have proven to be incredibly difficult times for architects, and the Great Depression of the 1930s caused many architects to lose work and the ability to support their firms and families. Chapters of the AIA and other architects' societies around the country organized relief efforts to aid architects. Some of these efforts included raffles, home tours, and auctions. In Chicago, the organizers for the Architects' Relief Fund hosted a "Latin Quarter Fete" themed fundraiser at the fashionable Drake Hotel in 1932. The poster for the event, shown above, depicts a dizzying event complete with dancers, libations, rabbits, and carousel horses. Costumes obligatory.
While I haven't been able to locate historical photos of the event in our collection, or at other repositories, perhaps you know where they reside. If you do, please share links in the comments below.
Image: The Architects' Present A Latin Quarter Fete for the Benefit of the Architects' Relief Fund poster, 1932. Poster Collection, Drawings + Documents Archive, Ball State University.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
After five years of working on infrastructure, lighting, air handling, drainage, and other issues at the George Rogers Clark Memorial, officials will unveil the substantial improvements at a public event September 14, 2013.
The repairs correct significant water issues that have plagued the memorial since it opened. The National Park Service, which owns the park and memorial, chronicles the memorial building's long-standing problems on its website:
Image: Photograph of the George Rogers Clark Memorial under construction, 1931. F. C. Hirons & F. W. Mellor, architects. Jay C. Bixby Architectural Records, Drawings + Documents Archive, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Images: Formica Brand Laminated Plastic: Colors and Patterns cover, 1966; Detail of Roulette pattern from New Citation Series for Professional Specifiers: Solid Colors, Special Designs: Formica Laminated Plastic, 1960; Wysor Grand Opera House details, 1891, Kibele & Garrard Architectural Records, Drawings + Documents Archive, Ball State University.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Such is the case with the Pierre &Wright, Architects drawing for a proposed remodel of 647-655 Virginia Avenue in Indianapolis' Fountain Square neighborhood. Some of you may recognize the courtyard today as the home of Bluebeard restaurant, which has earned much recognition lately as being one of the leaders in Indianapolis' burgeoning restaurant scene.
Drawn in 1935 by Leslie Ayres, who may very well have been the Don Draper creative at Pierre & Wright for his ability to stir emotion and visualize a project for the client, the board highlights the Art Deco façade remodel framed by trees and the bustling activity on the street. Ayres' ability to create atmospheric and extraordinary presentation drawings was unparalleled in the firm. Edward Pierre, one of the principals, discovered his artistic ability while Ayres was still a student at Arsenal Tech High School and quickly hired him. Ayres later returned the favor by coordinating Pierre's successful nomination to the American Institute of Architects Fellowship program, one of the highest designations within the profession.
It's easy to think clients had a difficult time turning down his presentation drawings of buildings so eloquently and expertly drawn, but this particular scheme was turned down. The project appears to have ended at the presentation stage and was never given a commission number.
Image: Shopping Complex Proposed Remodel, 1935. Pierre & Wright Architectural Records, Drawings + Documents Archive, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Images: Eaton Avenue (Washington Place), Indianapolis, Ind., 1940 and 5708 Kingsley Drive, Indianapolis, Ind., 1940. S. E. Arvin & Sons Records, Drawings + Documents Archive, Ball State University.
Monday, June 10, 2013
The photographs in the two collages that had already been donated represent the principals and building projects during different eras of the firm’s existence. Beginning with Vonnegut & Bohn, Architects, the first photo collage includes black and white photographic portraits of Bernard Vonnegut and Arthur Bohn, and photographs of some of their accomplishments in Indianapolis, namely the Fletcher Trust Company, Southside Turnverein, Athenaeum, Herron School of Art, William H. Block Company, L.S. Ayres & Company buildings, and a busy street scene along Washington Street.
The firm Vonnegut & Bohn operated approximately from 1887 to 1919. Bernard Vonnegut died in 1908, but was succeeded by his son, architect Kurt Vonnegut, Sr., father of novelist Kurt Vonnegut, so the name remained the same. From 1920 to 1944, the firm became known as Vonnegut, Bohn & Mueller, with the addition of engineer O. N. Mueller.
Images: Wright, Porteous & Lowe photograph collage, photo by Ben Ross, 2012.
Vonnegut & Bohn; Vonnegut & Wright photograph collages, early 1900s-1950s. Wright, Porteous & Lowe Architectural Records, Drawings + Documents Archive, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries.
Friday, May 10, 2013
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Image: Through Baltimore Truss Bridge blueprint, ca. 1900. Indiana Bridge Company Architectural Records, Drawings + Documents Archive, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013
After a cold January day spent photographing a building in Lebanon, Indiana, Korab visited the College of Architecture and Planning to give a lecture at the College's Monday night Guest Lecture Series. This is the recording of that lecture, titled "The Architect Photographer," which is available in the University Libraries' Digital Media Repository.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Images: Pierre family Christmas card, not dated. (3-117); Sweethearts Telegram, 1951. Pierre & Wright Architectural Records, Drawings + Documents Archive, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Charles Sappenfield, known to just about everyone at the College of Architecture and Planning as Charlie, was an established architect in North Carolina when he was selected to come to Muncie, Indiana, to become the founding dean of the new school of architecture at Ball State University. That was 1965. He brought with him his distinctly Modernist design aesthetic honed through extensive international travel and his own successful practice, and infused the new architecture school with broad ideas about good design. He remained dean until 1981, when he directed DESIGN INDIANA, a statewide office to improve the quality of design in the state.
This Noel card likely dates from the late 1950s to early 1960s due to the Asheville, North Carolina, return address on the verso and since the signature doesn't include his wife, whom he married in 1963. The bi-fold printed card was designed to be folded down the center, sealed with a round sticker along the long edge, and addressed on the verso to allow it to be sent without requiring an envelope. It's a clever format he repeated for other holiday cards.
Image: Noel Holiday Card, ca. 1958. (45-23) Charles M. Sappenfield Architectural Records, Drawings + Documents Archive, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Images: Greeting from Leslie F. Ayres card, 1930s. Fran E. Schroeder Architectural Records, Drawings + Documents Archive, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Ball State University Center for Historic Preservation and Indiana Landmarks release guide to historic architecture of Bartholomew County
The public is invited to an illustrated presentation on the inventory's findings Wednesday, December 5, 7:00 p.m. The presentation will be held at the Bartholomew County Public Library in Columbus. The 213-page report-featuring historic and contemporary photos and maps-may be purchased at the special price of $20. The price will be $25 after the event.
Greg Sekula, director of Indiana Landmarks' Southern Regional Office will present a brief program showing architectural highlights of the county as well as discoveries of overlooked gems. He will also discuss services available to assist those interested in saving and celebrating Bartholomew County's landmarks.
"This is an update of the 1980 survey that examined properties constructed prior to 1940," says Sekula. The 1980 survey identified 1,987 historic structures; the current inventory documents 3,245 properties. The 2012 survey documents properties constructed through 1969, which includes the county's large concentration of post-World War II architecture.
The survey and report were funded in part by matching grants from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA). DHPA oversees Indiana's Historic Sites and Structures Inventory.
For more information on the December 5 program, contact Julie Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-372-3541.
Monday, November 5, 2012
The Drawings + Documents Archive and the Architecture Library were honored to receive the 2012 Walter S. Blackburn Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Indiana Chapter at the AIA Indiana and Kentucky Convention held in Lexington, Kentucky, last week. Named after Walter S. Blackburn, FAIA, an African American architect who led the AIA Diversity Taskforce and served the Indiana arts and architecture communities, this award is given annually to a non-architect person or organization that has contributed time and service in support of the architectural profession.
It's a good time of the year to be thankful, and we're incredibly thankful for the support and recognition by the faculty, students, alumni, and the administration at Ball State University. We're especially thankful to Professor Emeritus Tony Costello, FAIA, for nominating the Archives and Library, and wish him congratulations on receiving the prestigious Gold Award for his role in educating and mentoring architecture students and helping give Indiana architects national visibility.
Image: 2012 AIA Indiana and Kentucky convention, from left to right, Josh Coggeshall, Bruce Race, FAIA, Tony Costello, FAIA, (Gold Award winner), Carol Street (Blackburn Award winner), and Amy Trendler (Blackburn Award winner). Photo courtesy of Vera Adams.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The research and film project has been garnering much praise for the students' work and it has just been announced that the group will be awarded the Governor's Award for the Preservation of Historic Places, presented by the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, Indiana Division of Natural Resources. We're thrilled to see the students and faculty rewarded for their hard work and proud to be an on-campus contributer to the project.
This year's class focused their research on Beech Grove Cemetery and the Old West End neighborhood of Muncie. They spent the earlier part of the semester researching our collections of original drawings and Historic American Building Survey (HABS) drawings, and returned Friday to film the drawings and drawing tools for use in their upcoming documentary.
Both the drawings and the tools you see in the photograph, above, are from our extensive Kibele & Garrard Collection. Prominent gas-boom era architects Cuno Kibele (1866-1927) and Carl W. Garrard (1889-1981) established the firm in downtown Muncie and built many of the town's extraordinary structures, including Ball Gymnasium, Masonic Temple (now Cornerstone Center for the Arts), and Ball Memorial Hospital (now IU Hospital). The collection is rather unusual for its large amount of historic drawing implements, such as pencils, watercolor sets, technical tools, papers, eraser shields, and measuring tools dating from the early 1900s.
Image: Historic Muncie students filming in the Archives, October 26, 2012, photo by Carol Street.
Friday, October 19, 2012
The Norton Brewing Company brewery was located at 106-114 N. Central Avenue, Anderson, Indiana, and was originally built in 1882, with additions in 1897, and a modern facility built in 1910. These drawings date from 1934 to 1939, after the national experiment of Prohibition had been repealed and breweries were returning to production. As you can see from the plat drawing above, the property was conveniently located adjacent to the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks, White River, and City of Anderson offices. At the height of production, Norton produced 25,000 barrels per year and was well known throughout central Indiana for its quality beers, such as "Gold Band," "Old Pal," and "Special Brew."
To see the full set of Norton Brewing Company architectural drawings, visit our online collection.
Images: T. M. Norton Brewing Company, Anderson, Indiana, 1934-39, Arthur B. Henning Architectural Records, Drawings + Documents Archive, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The U. S. Arsenal would replace the state arsenal, which was located elsewhere in the city. In 1863, General Buckingham chose the 75 acre site located half of a mile east of downtown Indianapolis which would eventually host the impressive Arsenal Building, barracks, commandant's residence, guardhouse, powder magazine, and barn. The original state arsenal site was discontinued when the U.S. Arsenal took over in 1864.
By 1903 the site was no longer needed by the U.S. Government and it was sold at auction for $154,000 to Winona Group, which operated the Winona Agricultural and Technical Institute on the campus until it went bankrupt in 1909. After that, a receiver was appointed for the property and in 1912 the Indiana Supreme Court decision placed title in the Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners with the condition that the grounds must be used for educational purposes.
Above is a pencil drawing from 1932 of the "Old Powder House" by Joseph O. Cezar, an Indianapolis architect who often drew sketches of city landmarks for use in Christmas cards or, seemingly, for his own amusement. From the amount of these types of sketches in his collection, he clearly seemed to be an architect that very much enjoyed the process of drawing. He was likely inspired to create this drawing due to the extensive remodeling to the Arsenal Building that was taking place that year by the local architecture firm D. A. Bohlen & Son.
Image: Old Powder House, [Arsenal] Tech High School, drawing, 1932. [21-32] Joseph O. Cezar Collection, Drawings + Documents Archive, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries.
Recources: Arsenal Building, Indianapolis, Historical American Building Survey documentation, 1971. [DOC-71.012], Drawings + Documents Archive, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Arsenal Technical High School celebrated an impressive milestone this week when it turned 100 years old on September 11th. Of course the original military structures are much older than that, and some, such as the Pierre & Wright designed Milo H. Stuart Memorial building (seen above in the article Tech Honors Its Founder) built in 1938, are more recent. The Drawings + Documents Archive contains an extensive range of items related to the high school campus and will be posting a series of images from various collections in honor of this historic campus.
For this week, you see a small poster printed for its 20th anniversary in 1932. This comes from our Fran E. Schroeder Collection, an architect who worked for Pierre & Wright before starting his own firm in Indianapolis. Given the extent of material related to Arsenal Tech within his collection, it's likely he worked on the 1938 Milo H. Stuart Memorial building. The Pierre & Wright building is depicted in an Indianapolis Star article about its dedication, which took place May 22, 1940, a date chosen to honor the day known as "Supreme day by the faculty and the student body because of a Supreme Court decision which gave the campus of 76 acres to the school city of Indianapolis." As seen in the third image, an interior mural within the building "memorializes the life and service of Milo H. Stuart, one of Indiana's stalwart educators and inspired administrators."
Images: Arsenal Technical High School clippings and photographs, Fran E. Schroeder Architectural Records, Drawings + Documents Archive, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries.
Monday, August 20, 2012
If you're unable to join us, enjoy a few images of CAP students and faculty that are part of our CAP Images Collection. If you are alumni, look closely as you may recognize a few familiar faces.