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Purdy, Arthur, Collection, c.1933-1995

Arthur Purdy (1908-1995) Papers

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The Art Institute of Chicago

Finding Aid Published: 2000

Arthur Purdy (1908-1995) Papers c.1933-1995

Accession Number: 1995.7

Electronic access to this finding aid was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Arthur Purdy (1908-1995) Papers c.1933-1995
EXTENT:.5 linear foot  (1 box), 2 portfolios and flatfile materials
REPOSITORY: Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries,
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
(312) 443-7292 phone
rbarchives@artic.edu
http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
ABSTRACT:Papers, drawings, and ephemera documenting the career of Chicago-area architect Arthur C. Purdy.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Architectural reprographic prints, graphite drawings, printed papers, and black and white and color photographic prints.
ORIGINATION: Purdy, Arthur C. (1908-1995)
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:This collection was donated by Candace O. Purdy, Arthur Purdy's daughter, to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1995.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Arthur C. Purdy was born Clarence Arthur Purdy in Princeton, Indiana, in 1908 and graduated from Princeton High School in 1926. He attended the University of Illinois College of Engineering and Architecture, graduating with a B.S. in 1931. In January, 1946, Purdy joined Paul B. Stevens to form the architectural firm Burgess, Stevens & Purdy, designing single-family residences for suburban and rural sites. Their fondness for "rolling land and rustic countryside" was the rationale behind choosing adjacent sites on a bend of an unimproved street at the edge of Saint Charles, Illinois. These houses, including Purdy's own residence, were located on the banks of the Fox River and had a full view of the Pottawatomie Golf Course. In May, 1958, the partnership was dissolved and Purdy established his own practice. Among Purdy's projects were R. Sidney Dickens's apartment and office at 13 W. Grand in Chicago, the P.F. Williams residence, Hines Lumber Co., and the Home Federal Building. In 1969, Purdy was awarded the Distinguished Building Award by the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry. From 1971 to 1972 he was president of the Architects Club of Chicago. Purdy was a Noble of the Shrine at Medina Temple, and a member of the St. Charles Country Club. Purdy died in Saint Charles, Illinois, in 1995.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
This collection includes architectural drawings and office materials for many of Purdy's residential designs in the suburbs of Chicago and residential and commercial buildings in Chicago. It also includes a small grouping of biogrpahical docuemnts and material about projects designed by others.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIES I: ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS. Original drawings and blueprints are organized alphabetically by project/client name.

SERIES II: PROJECT FILES. Photographs, articles and various printed matter organized alphabetically by project/client name.

SERIES III: PERSONAL PAPERS. Biographical information, a personal photograph, and several items relating to the Field Building in Chicago, Illinois.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Purdy, Arthur C., (1908-1995)
Purdy, Arthur C., (1908-1995)--Archives
Architecture--Illinois--Chicago--20th century--Sources
Architecture, Domestic--Illinois--Chicago--20th century--Sources
Architecture, Domestic--Illinois--Chicago suburban area--20th century--Sources
Architecture, Domestic--Illinois--Chicago suburban area--20th century--Sources
Architects--Illinois--Chicago--Archives

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
Flatf.flatfile
n.d.no date
Portf.Portfolio

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
The collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
This collection may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchaccess.html

USER RESTRICTIONS:
The Art Institute of Chicago is providing access to the materials in the Libraries' collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of the Art Institute is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to permission from the Art Institute, permission of the copyright owner (if not the Art Institute) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distribution, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. The Art Institute makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

PREFERRED CITATION:
Arthur C. Purdy Papers, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
The collection was processed by staff of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 2000. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2003.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS
COHN, NORMAN, MR. AND MRS., RESIDENCE. ELM RIDGE DR., GLENCOE, IL:
Flatf. 57
Front and side elevations (sheet 1).
07/01/1952 1
Flatf. 57
Rear and side elevations (sheet 2).
07/01/1952 1
Flatf. 57
Basement/foundation plan (sheet 3).
02/05/1952 1
Flatf. 57
First floor plan (sheet 5).
07/01/1952 1
Flatf. 57
Plot plan and miscellaneous details (sheet 7).
02/05/1952 1
Flatf. 57
Bathroom plan and elevations.
c.1952 1
Flatf. 57
Den plan and details.
c.1952 1
Flatf. 57
Kitchen plan and details.
c.1952 1
Flatf. 57
Fireplace wall elevation and details (sheet 1).
07/30/1952 1
Flatf. 57
Thermopane window details.
c.1952 1
Flatf. 57
Front entrance elevation.
c.1952 1
Flatf. 57
Plan of telephone bench.
c.1952 1
Flatf. 57
Miscellaneous interior details.
c.1952 1

DICKENS, ROBERT SIDNEY, DESIGN STUDIO. 13 W. GRAND AVE., CHICAGO, IL:
Flatf. 57
Basement plan (sheet 1) for temporary permit.
09/24/1963 1
Flatf. 57
First floor plan (sheet 2).
09/24/1963 1
Flatf. 57
Second floor plan (sheet 3).
09/24/1963 1
Flatf. 57
Third floor plan (sheet 4).
09/24/1963 1
Flatf. 57
North and south elevations (sheet 5).
09/24/1963 1
Flatf. 57
Elevations, section and roof plan (sheet 6).
09/24/1963 1
Flatf. 57
Sections (sheet 7).
09/24/1963 1
Flatf. 57
Sections (sheet 8).
09/24/1963 1
Flatf. 57
Structural details (sheet S-1).
[c.1963] 1
Flatf. 57
Structural details (sheet S-2).
[c.1963] 1
Flatf. 57
Structural details (sheet S-3).
[c.1963] 1
Flatf. 57
Structural details (sheet S-4).
[c.1963] 1

MAY, WALDO, RESIDENCE, SAINT CHARLES, IL:
Flatf. 57
Notes regarding project.
10/13/1947, n.d. 2
Flatf. 57
Sketches for alternative floor plans.
n.d. 17
Flatf. 57
Sketches for plans and elevations.
n.d. 1
Flatf. 57
Plot plan.
n.d. 1

PURDY, ARTHUR C., MR. AND MRS., RESIDENCE. 965 2ND AVE. NORTH, SAINT CHARLES, IL:
Flatf. 57
Basement plan (sheet 1).
10/11/1948 1
Flatf. 57
Basement plan with section (sheet 1 revised?).
10/11/1948 1
Flatf. 57
First floor plan (sheet 2).
06/11/1948 1
Flatf. 57
First floor plan (sheet 2 revised).
11/30/1948 1
Flatf. 57
Elevations (sheet 3).
10/11/1948 1
Flatf. 57
Framing and window details (sheet 4).
06/11/1948 1
Flatf. 57
Upper level plan.
[c.1948] 1
Flatf. 57
Upper level plan, with additional annotations.
[c.1948] 1
Flatf. 57
Basement or grade level plan.
[c.1948] 1
Flatf. 57
Miscellaneous preliminary studies of elevations.
[c.1948] 6
Flatf. 57
Studies of floor plans.
[c.1948] 4

SHUTTER, TOM, MR. AND MRS., RESIDENCE. LOCATION UNKNOWN:
Flatf. 57
Perspective and floor plans (sheet 1).
n.d. 1
Flatf. 57
First floor plan.
n.d. 1
Flatf. 57
North-south section and service level plan.
n.d. 1
Flatf. 57
Living level and bedroom level plans.
n.d. 1
Flatf. 57
Miscellaneous plans and sections.
n.d. 4
Flatf. 57
Elevations (sheet 2).
n.d. 1
Flatf. 57
South-east elevations.
n.d. 1
Flatf. 57
North-west elevations.
n.d. 1
Flatf. 57
Kitchen elevations.
n.d. 1

WILLIAMS, P.F., MR. AND MRS., RESIDENCE. 11914 89TH COURT, PALOS PARK, IL:
Flatf. 57
Certificate of survey.
09/15/1954 1
Flatf. 57
Plot plan and basement plan (sheet 1).
05/05/1959 1
Flatf. 57
First floor plan (sheet 2).
05/05/1959 1
Flatf. 57
North, east and west elevations.
05/05/1959 1
Flatf. 57
South elevation and fireplace details (sheet 4).
04/07/1959 1
Flatf. 57
Sections and miscellaneous interior details (sheet 5).
05/05/1959 1
Flatf. 57
Masonry section and details (sheet 6).
05/05/1959 1
Flatf. 57
Rafter framing plan (sheet 7).
05/05/1959 1
Flatf. 57
Basement plan and miscellaneous sections (sheet 8).
05/05/1959 1
Flatf. 57
First floor plumbing plan (sheet 9).
05/05/1959 1
Flatf. 57
Basement electrical and heating plan (sheet 10).
05/05/1959 1
Flatf. 57
First floor electrical plan (sheet 11).
05/05/1959 1
Flatf. 57
Window and door details (sheet 12).
05/22/1959 1
Flatf. 57
Laundry room section and elevation.
[c.1959] 1
Flatf. 57
Perspective of living and dining rooms.
[c.1959] 1

UNIDENTIFIED PROJECTS, UNIDENTIFIED LOCATIONS:
Flatf. 57
Plans
n.d. 16
Flatf. 57
Elevation studies with plans.
n.d. 3
Flatf. 57
Elevation studies
n.d. 9






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES II: PROJECT FILES

PROJECTS DESIGNED BY PURDY:
CENTAURS, THE. 737 N. MICHIGAN AVE., CHICAGO, IL
Box.FF 1.1
Brochures
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.1
Membership brochures
n.d. 1

DICKENS, R. SIDNEY, APARTMENT AND OFFICE. 13 W. GRAND, CHICAGO, IL
Box.FF 1.2
Specifications
12/20/1963 1
Box.FF 1.2
"Begin 2-story headquarters of design firm."
From unidentified newspaper source.
[c.1963-1964] 1
Box.FF 1.2
"Building under construction at 13 W. Grand," Realty & Building.
01/25/1964 1
Box.FF 1.2
"A designer and his urban fortress," Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine.
02/28/1970 2

DICKENS, R. SIDNEY, RESIDENCE. 908 ERNST CT., CHICAGO, IL
Flatf. 57
"A designer's home should be intriguing and this one is," Chicago Daily Tribune.
08/31/1970 1
Flatf. 57
"Home and studio a clever blend," Chicago Tribune Sunday.
06/30/1956 2

FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF STEVENS POINT. STEVENS POINT, WI
Box.FF 1.3
Commemorative brochure.
c.1954 1

MORGAN'S, INC. PLANT. ILLINOIS AND 11TH AVENUE, SAINT CHARLES, IL
Box.FF 1.4
"Morgan's, Inc. locates at S. 11th and Ill.," St. Charles Chronicle.
05/13/1953 1

PURDY, ARTHUR C., RESIDENCE. SAINT CHARLES, IL
Box.FF 1.6
"Untitled article on Purdy residence," The Aurora Beacon-News.
05/23/1950 1
Box.FF 1.6
"St. Charles Woodland," Your Home in the Western Suburbs
07/1951 2
Box.FF 1.6
"Architect has novel ideas for his home," Chicago Sunday Tribune.
11/18/1951 2
Box.FF 1.6
"Architect-partners build houses alike in character...," The L-O-F Glassic.
11/1951 1

SAINT CHARLES POLICE/FIRE DEPARTMENT BUILDING. N. FIRST AVENUE, SAINT CHARLES, IL
Box.FF 1.7
"Draw plans for new fire, police facilities," St. Charles Chronicle.
12/21/1960 1
Box.FF 1.7
"St. Charles plans new police-fire station," Aurora Beacon-News.
12/21/1960 1
Box.FF 1.7
"New buildings provide fire, police quarters," Elgin Daily Courier-News.
12/22/1960 1

STEVENS, PAUL B., RESIDENCE. NORTH SECOND ST., SAINT CHARLES, IL
Box.FF 1.8
"New St. Charles home," The Aurora Beacon-News.
05/23/1950 1
Box.FF 1.8
"Architect-partners build houses alike in character...," The L-O-F Glassic.
11/1951 1

WILLIAMS, P.F., RESIDENCE. PALOS PARK, IL
Box.FF 1.9
Correspondence, memos and product catalogues.
1959 15

WURLITZER STORE. 115 S. WABASH, CHICAGO IL
Box.FF 1.10
"Wurlitzer Chicago store has moved into new, larger quarters," Wurlitzer Bulletin.
Includes photograph of Purdy and his partner.
09/1948-10/1948 1

UNIDENTIFIED OFFICE, UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION
Box.FF 1.11
Interior views.
Color photographic prints.
n.d. 9

UNIDENTIFIED RESIDENCE. GLENVIEW, IL
Box.FF 1.12
Designed for better living.
Brochure.
n.d. 1

UNIDENTIFIED RESIDENCE. SAINT CHARLES, IL
Box.FF 1.12
"Fox Valley modern in a natural setting," Your Home in the Western Suburbs.
02/1952 2


MISCELLANEOUS OFFICE MATERIALS:
EDENS STUDIO. UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION
Box.FF 1.13
Renderings, with cover letter.
Black and white photographic prints. Jim Eden, delineator.
n.d. 4

MINER, W.H., INC.
Box.FF 1.13
Presentation book of samples of proposed materials.
Includes textiles, wood samples, and wall coverings.
n.d. 1

SAINT CHARLES LUMBER AND FUEL. SAINT CHARLES, IL
Box.FF 1.14
"Ranch type ramblers."
Brochure.
n.d. 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES III: PERSONAL PAPERS
BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS:
Box.FF 1.15
Biographical sketch and project list prepared by Candace O. Purdy.
1995 1
Box.FF 1.16
Portrait.
Color photographic print.
n.d. 1

THE FIELD BUILDING. 135 S. LA SALLE, CHICAGO, IL
Box.FF 1.17
"The Field Building."
Brochure. Leasing information from Hayes, Loeb & Co.
c.1933-1934 1
Portf. 2
"The Field Building."
Brochure. Leasing information.
c.1933-1934 1
Flatf. 57
The Field Building.
Etching on paper. S. Chester Danforth, renderer.
n.d. 1







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