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Guide to the S. Niewenhous, Inc. Architectural Specifications Collection
1881-1923, undated
 PR 93

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Collection processed by Jennifer Lewis

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 13, 2011
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: S. Niewenhous, Inc.
Title: S. Niewenhous, Inc. Architectural Specifications Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1881-1923, undated
Abstract: Collection of architectural specifications and contracts relating to the alteration, expansion, or construction of schools, hospitals, religious institutions, apartment buildings, warehouses and private residences done by S. Niewenhous, Inc. in New York City between 1881 and 1923.
Quantity: 1.68 Linear feet (4 boxes)
Location note: Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections
Call Phrase: PR 93

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Historical Note

Siebrand Niewenhous founded his company of builders, S. Niewenhous, Inc., in Manhattan in the late 1870s. After his death in 1914, the presidency of the company was taken over by August Niewenhous. The company worked on construction projects in all five boroughs of New York, many of which were for Roman Catholic organizations. S. Niewenhous, Inc. remained in operation until 1952.

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Scope and Content Note

The S. Niewenhous, Inc. Architectural Specifications Collection spans the period from 1881 to 1923 and primarily contains specifications and contracts relating to the alteration, expansion, or construction of schools, hospitals, religious institutions, apartment buildings, warehouses, factories, stables, and private residences in New York City. Some materials are undated. Related correspondence, permits, and detail drawings are also present. Included are specifications by architects I.E. Ditmars, William Schickel, Schickel & Ditmars, Henry A. Koelble, Julius Boekell & Sons, Ditmars & Brite, John H. Friend, Thomas J. Duff, Charles H. Baxter & Co., Michael J. Garvin, John E. Kerby, Julius Kastner, Carl L. Otto, and F. Joseph Untersee.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged into two series:

  1. Series I: Institutional Buildings
  2. Series II: Miscellaneous Buildings

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Charles H. Baxter & Co.
  • Ditmars & Brite
  • Ditmars, Isaac Edward, 1850-1934
  • Duff, Thomas J.
  • Friend, John H.
  • Garvin, Michael J., b. 1861
  • Julius Boeckell & Sons
  • Kastner, Julius
  • Kerby, John E.
  • Koelble, Henry A.
  • Otto, Carl L.
  • S. Niewenhous, Inc.
  • Schickel & Ditmars
  • Schickel, William, 1850-1907
  • Untersee, F. Joseph

Document Type

  • Contracts
  • Correspondence
  • Detail drawings
  • Specifications

Subject Topics

  • Apartment houses–New York (State)--New York--Design and construction
  • Church buildings–New York (State)--New York--Design and construction
  • Construction contracts
  • Hospitals–New York (State)--New York--Design and construction

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.)–Buildings, structures, etc.–Design and construction

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of George B. Niewenhous, February 24, 2001.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 30 photocopies per day per person. Suitability of the original for photocopying is at the discretion of the staff. Neither blueprints nor tracings can be copied under any circumstances. Duplication of large-format items will be done by the house photographer. See Print Room guidelines for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from

Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
Two West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024

Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282
Fax: (212) 579-8794

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as S. Niewenhous, Inc. Architectural Specifications Collection, PR 093, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

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Container List

Series I: Institutional Buildings

Scope and Contents note

Series I consists of architectural specifications for projects undertaken for institutions, many of which were associated with the Roman Catholic Church, dating from 1881 to 1918. Materials are arranged by type of institution into four subseries: Charitable Organizations, Churches, Hospitals, and Schools. Thereunder they are arranged alphabetically. All of the buildings are in New York City, with the exception of a project at the Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary in Esopus, New York. Most of the documents in this series relate to alterations or additions made to existing buildings.

Charitable Organizations

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 St. Francis Home, Manhattan - 605-617 East 5th Street
1906-1912
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Society of Catholic Mechanics, Manhattan - East 88th Street near Third Avenue
undated

Churches

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Capuchin Fathers Convent, Manhattan -- Stanton and Pitt Streets
1881
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Church of the Assumption Clubhouse, Manhattan - West 50th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues
1911
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Church of the Immaculate Conception Clubhouse, Bronx
1907
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary, Esopus, NY
1905 1911
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Redemptorist Fathers Clubhouse, Bronx
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 8 St. Alphonsus Sisters Residence, Manhattan - 14 Thompson Street
1913
Box: 1 Folder : 9 St. Alphonsus Rectory, Manhattan - 308 West Broadway
1913-1918
Box: 1 Folder : 10 St. Joseph's Asylum Chapel, Manhattan - East 90th Street
1907
Box: 1 Folder : 11 St. Joseph's Church Rectory, Manhattan - 421 East 86th Street
1908
Box: 1 Folder : 12 St. Mary's Church, Bronx - 150th Street and Melrose Avenue
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 13 St. Pious Church and Rectory, Bronx - 145th Street, east of Willis Avenue
1907

Hospitals

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 14 German Hospital and Dispensary (currently Lenox Hill Hospital),Manhattan - Park Avenue between East 76th and East 77th Streets
1910
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Nazareth House of the Sisters of Charity, Bronx - Spuyten Duyvil
1907
Box: 2 Folder : 16 New York Foundling Hospital, Manhattan - East 67th - 68th Streets
1909
Box: 2 Folder : 17 St. Anthony's Hospital, Queens - Woodhaven
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 18 St. Francis Hospital, Bronx - East 142nd Street, Brook Avenue and St. Ann's Street
1910
Box: 2 Folder : 19 St. Joseph's Hospital, Bronx - 143rd and 144th Streets and Brook Avenue
1906-1914
Box: 2 Folder : 20 St. Joseph's Hospital, Bronx - 143rd and 144th Streets and Brook Avenue
1915-1918
Box: 2 Folder : 21 St. Vincent's Hospital, Staten Island
1908

Schools

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Parochial School, Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Manhattan - 62nd Street, between First and Second Avenues
1906
Box: 2 Folder : 23 School of St. Francis of Assisi, Manhattan - 143 West 31st Street
1911

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Series II: Miscellaneous Buildings

Scope and Contents note

Series II consists of architectural specifications for the erection of or alteration to a variety of buildings including apartment houses, warehouses, office buildings, factories, stables, sheds, and outhouses dating from 1897-1923. Materials are arranged by New York City borough and thereunder by address; miscellaneous and unidentified materials are at the end of the series. Some specifications concern the erection of new buildings, but many relate to minor alterations or additions to existing structures. Where building types are identified in the specifications they are noted in parentheses after the address. Included in this series is one folder of miscellaneous specifications containing sections of documents for unidentified building projects. One folder at the end of the series contains general specifications and detail drawings for such things as roofing and concrete reinforcement.

Bronx

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 24 526-528 East 142nd Street (apartment house)
1911
Box: 3 Folder : 25 North side of 151st Street west of Melrose Avenue (shed)
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 26 375 East 152nd Street (stable)
1910
Box: 3 Folder : 27 Southwest corner of 156th Street and St. Ann's Avenue (apartment house)
1901-1903
Box: 3 Folder : 28 188th Street and The Concourse, southeast corner (garage)
1914
Box: 3 Folder : 29 Third Avenue near 148th Street (office building)
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 30 Third Avenue and East 156th Street, northeast corner
1909
Box: 3 Folder : 31 2311-3219 Beaumont Avenue (apartment house)
1912
Box: 3 Folder : 32 640 Courtlandt Avenue
1916
Box: 3 Folder : 33 2960 Jerome Avenue (house)
1913
Box: 3 Folder : 34 Mt. Eden Avenue near Jerome Avenue (garage)
1923
Box: 3 Folder : 35 756 Union Boulevard (store)
1910
Box: 3 Folder : 36 Willis Avenue and Southern Boulevard
1910

Brooklyn

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 37 East side of Banker Street south of Norman Avenue (stable)
1916-1919
Box: 3 Folder : 38 616 Bedford Avenue
1909

Manhattan -- Named Streets and Avenues

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 39 46 Allen Street (outhouse)
1905
Box: 3 Folder : 40 47 Ann Street
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 41 Audubon Avenue and West 168th Street, southwest corner (apartment house)
1909
Box: 3 Folder : 42 184 Bowery (loft building)
1910
Box: 3 Folder : 43 174 Essex Street (apartment house)
1905
Box: 3 Folder : 44 1585 Madison Avenue
1915
Box: 3 Folder : 45 41 North Moore Street (warehouse, store)
1897, 1902

Manhattan -- Numbered Avenues

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 46 54-56 Third Avenue (business building)
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 47 793 Third Avenue (store)
1906
Box: 4 Folder : 48 1234-1238 Third Avenue (apartment building)
1900-1922
Box: 4 Folder : 49 413 Fifth Avenue (house)
1903
Box: 4 Folder : 50 412 Eighth Avenue (office building)
1914
Box: 4 Folder : 51 Eighth Avenue and 125th Street, northwest corner
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 52 220-222 Ninth Avenue
1908

Manhattan -- Numbered Streets

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 53 16 East 3rd Street (house)
1907
Box: 4 Folder : 54 203-209 East 9th Street (apartment building)
1910-1915
Box: 4 Folder : 55 608-610 East 18th Street (factory)
1909
Box: 4 Folder : 56 436-438 East 19th Street (factory)
1904
Box: 4 Folder : 57 37 East 29th Street
1922
Box: 4 Folder : 58 238-240 West 53rd Street (factory)
1914
Box: 4 Folder : 59 215 West 53rd Street (factory)
1915
Box: 4 Folder : 60 244 West 53rd Street (garage)
1915
Box: 4 Folder : 61 North side of East 58th Street east of Madison Avenue
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 62 421 East 86th Street (house)
1908
Box: 4 Folder : 63 129 East 91st Street (residence)
1908
Box: 4 Folder : 64 50 East 92nd Street (residence)
1897
Box: 4 Folder : 65 312-314 East 92nd Street (laundry)
1919
Box: 4 Folder : 66 4 West 121st Street (residence)
1908
Box: 4 Folder : 67 18 East 126th Street
1920

Miscellaneous

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 68 Unidentified locations
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 69 General specifications
1910, undated

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