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Guide to the William Adams Delano Collection
1899-1949, undated
  PR 244

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Sandra Markham

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 10, 2019
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Title: William Adams Delano Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1899-1949, undated
Abstract: The William Adams Delano Collection contains photographs and drawings documenting his education in Paris, and some photographs of the projects his architecture firm designed.
Quantity: 3.25 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Call Phrase: PR 244

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Biographical Note

William Adams Delano (1874-1960) was born in New York, was a graduate of the Lawrenceville School and Yale University, and studied architecture at Columbia University and at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. After working in the New York firm of Carrere & Hastings, he formed a design firm with Chester Holmes Aldrich (1871-1940) in 1903

Further information on Delano and his firm can be found in Peter Pennoyer and Anne Walker, The Architecture of Delano & Aldrich (New York and London: W. W. Norton & Co., 2003). The book includes a chronology of the architects' life and design projects.

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Scope and Content Note

The William Adams Delano Collection spans the period from 1899 through the 1940s; it contains photographs and drawings documenting his education in Paris, and some of the projects his architecture firm designed.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into the following series:

  • Series I. Photographs
  • Series II. Student Drawings
  • Series III. Commissions
  • Oversize material from Series I.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Duryea, Drix, photographer
  • Fischer, Sigurd, photographer
  • Hewitt, Mattie Edwards, d. 1956, photographer
  • Wurts Bros., photographer

Document Type

  • Technical drawings
  • Photographic prints.
  • Architectural drawings

Subject Organizations

  • Cornell University
  • Delano & Aldrich
  • Yale University

Subject Topics

  • College buildings -- United States -- Pictorial works
  • Architecture -- United States -- Pictorial works
  • Architecture -- United States -- 20th century

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Photographs

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of William Adams Delano, May 29, 1956, and June 28, 1956.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. See guidelines in Print Room 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
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 270
Fax: (212) 579-8794

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as William Adams Delano Collection, PR 244, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections

Drawings by Delano & Aldrich for the Battery Park (New York City) design competition are in the Architects and Engineers File (PR 003). The Delano & Aldrich firm's archive is at the Avery Art and Architecture Library, Columbia University.

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Container List

Series I: Photographs

Scope and Contents note

Series I holds vintage original photographs of buildings designed by the firm of Delano & Aldrich. They are arranged in two subseries: Commissions, and Competition Drawings, filed alphabetically by the name of the client. Commissions includes homes and estates, academic buildings at Cornell and Yale universities, private clubs, and government buildings, primarily in the United States. Competition drawings are photographs of presentation drawings made for potential commissions. No attempt was made to assign dates to either the photographs or the projects. Photographers included are Mattie Edwards Hewitt, Drix Duryea, Sigurd Fischer, and Wurts Brothers.

Subseries I: Commissions

Scope and Contents note

Photographs are arranged alphabetically by client.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Astor, Vincent, Sands Point, NY
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Baker, George F., Jr., New York, NY
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Brook Club, New York, NY
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Burden, James A., estate (Woodside), Syosset, NY
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Chapin School, New York, NY
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Cornell University, Willard Straight Hall, Ithaca, NY
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Debevoise, Thomas, Green Village, N
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Delano & Aldrich, New York, NY
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Dutch Reformed Church, Brookville, NY
Box: 1 Folder : 10 John F. Kennedy Airport, New York, NY
Box: 1 Folder : unknown container Kahn, Otto H., estate (Oheka), Cold Spring Harbor, NY

General note

See: Oversize photographs, Box 2

Box: 1 Folder : 11 Kips Bay Boys Club, New York, N
Box: 1 Folder : 12 La Guardia Airport, New York, NY
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Morawetz, Victor, estate (Three Ponds), Woodbury, NY
Box: 1 Folder : unknown container Staten Island Savings Bank, New York, NY

General note

See: Oversize photographs, Box 2

Box: 1 Folder : 14 Straight, Willard D., New York, NY
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Straight, Willard D., Westbury, NY
Box: 1 Folder : 16 1040 Park Avenue, New York, NY
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Tree, Ronald F., estate (Mirador), Greenwood, VA
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Tuck, William H., estate, Waterloo, Belgium
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Union Club, New York, NY
Box: 1 Folder : 20 United States Government Building, Paris, France--Interiors and floor plans
Box: 1 Folder : unknown container United States Government Building, Paris, France--Exteriors

General note

See: Oversize photographs, Box 2

Box: 1 Folder : 21 United States Post Office Department, Washington, DC
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt, Westbury, NY
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Wood, Chalmers, estate (Little Ipswich), Syosset, NY
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Yale University, Sage Hall, New Haven, CT
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Yale University, Sterling Chemistry Laboratory, New Haven, CT
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Yale University, Sterling Divinity School, New Haven, CT
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Yale University, William L. Harkness Hall, New Haven, CT
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Yale University, Wright Memorial Hall, New Haven, CT

Subseries I: Competitions

Scope and Contents note

Photographs are arranged alphabetically by competition.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Chateau des Beaux-Arts, Huntington, NY
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Federal Reserve Bank, New York, NY
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Federal Reserve Board [Washington, DC?]
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
Box: 1 Folder : 34 New Haven City Hall, New Haven, CT
Box: 1 Folder : 35 New York City Court Courthouse, New York, NY
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Theodore Roosevelt Memorial, Washington, DC
Box: 1 Folder : 37 United States Department of Justice [Washington, DC?]
Box: 1 Folder : 38 Waterbury City Hall, Waterbury, CT
Box: 1 Folder : unknown container Unidentified airport [?] retail plaza and parking lot [?]

General note

See: Oversize photographs, Box 2

Box: 1 Folder : 39 Frick Residence (East 71st Street elevation, courtyard and garden), New York, NY

Scope and Contents

small pencil drawings

Box: 1 Folder : 40 Unidentified theatre

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Series II: Student Drawings

Scope and Contents note

Series II contains twenty-one drawings, dating from 1899 to 1901, made by Delano during his years as a student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. While in Paris, Delano was part of the atelier of Victor-Alexandre-Frederic Laloux (1850-1937), a noted architect and one of the academy's great instructors. For further explanation and discussion of these drawings, see Peter Pennoyer's article on Delano as a student in the New-York Journal of American History, number 4.

Drawings are arranged in two subseries by date, with undated drawings filed last. Unless otherwise noted, all drawings are graphite, ink, and wash on light paperboard, and uniform in size: 24-3/4 x 18-3/4 in. Titles given were inscribed by Delano [and descriptions in brackets for untitled drawings].

Subseries I: Exercises, Dated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 41 Etablissement Financier

General note

[screen on Legion of Honor?]

1899 Jan. 4
Box: 2 Folder : 41 Un Theatre Municipal
1899 Jan. 16
Box: 2 Folder : 41 Un Poste de Pompiers

General note

[firehouse]

1899 Jan. 21
Box: 2 Folder : 41 Une Ecurie d'Etat

General note

[classical doorway]

1899 Jan. 23
Box: 2 Folder : 41 Salle des pas Perdus

General note

[courthouse waiting room]

1899 Feb. 10
Box: 2 Folder : 42 Une Fontaine Monumentale
1899 Feb. 11
Box: 2 Folder : 42 Un Etablissement Thermal

General note

[casino facade?]

1899 Mar. 2
Box: 2 Folder : 42 Entree d'une Cour d'Honneur

General note

[domed classical facade]

1899 Mar. 8
Box: 2 Folder : 42 [Hotel Crillon, Place de la Concorde, measured drawing]
1899 Mar. 21
Box: 2 Folder : 42 Un Pavillon de Repos
1899 Mar. 22
Box: 2 Folder : 42 Une Salle de Lecture
1899 Mar. 31
Box: 2 Folder : 43 [Untitled classical portico and facade, six columns]
1899 Apr. 7
Box: 2 Folder : 43 [Untitled aquarium/marine laboratory facility]

General note

watercolor, graphite, and ink on paper, 11-7/8 x 16 in.

1899 Sep. 6
Box: 2 Folder : 43 Coupe parle cour de service...

General note

[slaughterhouse and market]; graphite and ink on gray paper, 23-7/8 x 17-3/4 in.

1899 Dec. 6
Box: 2 Folder : 43 [Untitled design for public park]

General note

brown ink and graphite on paper, 23-7/8 x 19 in.

1900 Feb. 7
Box: 2 Folder : 43 [Untitled animal study/care facility]

General note

conte crayon and wash on Bristol board, 24-1/2 x 16-7/8 in.

1901

Subseries II: Exercises, Undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 44 Une Bourse Maritime
[ca. 1899]
Box: 2 Folder : 44 Un Hotel de Ville

General note

[city hall]

[ca. 1899]
Box: 2 Folder : 44 [Unidentified building, rez de chaussee (ground floor)]
[ca. 1899]
Box: 2 Folder : 44 [Untitled lecture hall]

General note

[perspective projection exercises]

[ca. 1899]
Box: 2 Folder : 44 [Untitled classical facade, perhaps archeological exercise]

General note

graphite on paper mounted on board, 19-3/4 x 18-1/4 in.

[ca. 1899]

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Series III: Commissions

Scope and Contents note

Series III holds just three minor drawings for projects designed by Delano. Probably the most historically important inclusion is the only existing rendering of the first house ever designed by Delano, created for the mother of a friend in Ontario, Canada.

Drawings are arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 45 Shaw, Mrs., Murray Bay, Ontario, Canada, house rendering

General note

ink wash on paper mounted on pulpboard, 21-3/4 x 21 in.

1902 Dec.
Box: 2 Folder : 46 Wood, Chalmers, Syosset, NY, house plan

General note

graphite and ink on paper mounted on board, 9-3/4 x 13-3/4 in.

[1927-1928]
Box: 2 Folder : 46 White House, Washington, DC, main hall

General note

colored pencil on paper mounted on board, 10-1/2 x 18-1/2 in.

1949 Sep. 29

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Oversize Material from Series I: Photographs

Scope and Contents note

Series III holds just three minor drawings for projects designed by Delano. Probably the most historically important inclusion is the only existing rendering of the first house ever designed by Delano, created for the mother of a friend in Ontario, Canada.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 47 Kahn, Otto H., estate (Oheka), Cold Spring Harbor, NY
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 48 Staten Island Savings Bank, New York, NY
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 49 United States Government Building, Paris, France, Exteriors
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 50 Unidentified airport [?] retail plaza and parking lot [?]
undated

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