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Guide to the James W. Rhodes Collection of Villard Houses/New York Palace Hotel Project Records
 PR 296

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Susan Kriete

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on April 26, 2013
Description is in English

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of documents, photographs, and architectural drawings relating to the restoration and adaptive re-use of the landmark Villard Houses as part of the Palace Hotel (completed in 1981), and documentation of the project for the Historic American Buildings Survey.

Series I, Documents, includes contracts, applications and other legal documents; field surveys of the Villard Houses; press releases; and a few pieces of correspondence and office ephemera. Also included are a few magazine articles describing the project.

Series II, Photographic prints, consists primarily of photographs documenting conditions at the Villard House prior to the commencement of restoration, including many taken by Steven Zane as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey. There are also a number of photographs by noted architectural photographer Cervin Robinson, and a series of stereopair photographs by Perry and Myra Borchers.

Series III, Negatives, includes film negatives of Steven Zane's photographs for the American Historic Buildings Survey, as well as a few Cervin Robinson negatives.

Series IV, Transparencies, includes plans and photographs illustrating Emory Roth & Sons' Adaptive Re-Use Plan & Tenant Layout that were apparently used for an overhead projection presentation.

Series V, Architectural drawings, includes two sets of the 34 plans of the Villard Houses produced for the Historical American Buildings Survey, housed at the Library of Congress, along with other drawings of the site and buildings.

Arrangement note

This collection is organized by format into the following five series:

Series I: Documents
Series II: Photographic prints
Series III: Negatives
Series IV: Transparencies, Adaptive Re-Use Plan & Tenant Layout
Series V: Architectural drawings