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Schweikher, Paul, House and Studio Collection, 1964-1988 (bulk 1984-1988)

Paul Schweikher House and Studio Collection,

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Finding Aid Published: 1988

Paul Schweikher House and Studio Collection, 1964-1988 (bulk 1984-1988)

Accession Number: 1990.8

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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Paul Schweikher House and Studio Collection, 1964-1988
EXTENT:.25 linear foot (1 box)
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:The collection consists of correspondence, research materials and photographs generated in the process of nominating Chicago architect Paul Schweikher's own house in Schaumburg, Illinois, to the National Register of Historic Places.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Manuscripts, correspondence, printed papers, black and white photographic prints, color photographic prints and color slides.
ORIGINATION: Benjamin, Susan, 1921-
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:The collection was a gift from Susan Benjamin to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1990.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Born in Denver, Colorado, Paul Schweikher (1903-1997) briefly studied engineering at the University of Colorado (1921-1922). After moving to Chicago he worked for Lowe and Bollenbacher (1923-1925) and subsequently for David Adler (1925-1927). Schweikher received a traveling scholarship from Yale University in 1929. Upon his return to Chicago he practiced with George Fred Keck, Philip Maher, and Howard Fisher. He later formed partnerships with Theodore Lamb and Winston Elting, and served as head of Department of Architecture at the Carnegie Institute of Technology from 1958-1970. Schweikher designed his own house in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg in the late 1930s.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
This collection was assembled by Susan Benjamin in the 1980s during her research on Paul Schweikher's house and studio, in preparation for the building's nomination to the National Register of Historic Places Inventory.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIES I: NATIONAL REGISTER DOCUMENTATION. Documents directly relating to the property's nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. Items are listed in chronological order.

SERIES II: MISCELLANEOUS DOCUMENTATION. Miscellaneous documents about the house and Schweikher's career are arranged according to subject and media type. Items are listed in chronological order, with undated items at the end of each entry.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Schweikher, Paul, 1903-
Schweikher, Paul, 1903---Correspondence
Architecture, Domestic--Illinois--Chicago--History--Sources
Architect-designed houses--Illinois--Chicago--History
Architect-designed houses--Illinois--Chicago--History--Sources

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
ALSautograph letter, signed
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
n.d.not dated
TLStyped letter, signed

RELATED MATERIALS IN CURATORIAL DEPARTMENTS, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Architectural drawings by Paul Schweikher are held in the permanent collection of the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago.

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Schweikher, Paul. Oral history of Robert Paul Schweikher / interviewed by Betty J. Blum; compiled under the auspices of the Chicago Architects Oral History Project, Department of Architecture, the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago: The Institute.

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/access/access.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:
Paul Schweikher House and Studio Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

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

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: NATIONAL REGISTER DOCUMENTATION
Box.FF 1.1
Solicitation letters requesting support for National Register nomination.
Addressees include: Robert Bruegmann, Sally Chappell, Frederick Gutheim, Neil Harris, Richard Longstreth, Ralph Rapson.
09/08/1986-09/30/1986 6
Box.FF 1.2
Letters sent supporting nomination.
Correspondents include: Robert O. Atcher, Peter Blake, William P. Bruder, Robert Bruegmann, Susan Dart, Bertrand Goldberg, Frederick Gutheim, David E. Hilles, Illinois Council AIA [Robert J. Piper], William H. Jordy, Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois [Deborah M. Rosenthal], Richard Longstreth, Carter Manny, William H. Metcalf, Ralph Rapson, Paul Sprague, Paul Spring, David Van Zanten.
09/10/1986-12/15/1986 18
Box.FF 1.3
General correspondence.
Relating to nomination of the Paul Schweikher House and Studio to National Register of Historic Places Inventory.
09/16/1986-07/02/1987 7
Box.FF 1.4
"National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form" for the Paul Schweikher House and Studio.
10/10/1986 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES II: MISCELLANEOUS DOCUMENTATION

BUILDING AND SITE DOCUMENTS:
Box.FF 1.4
Tree, shrub and evergreen appraisal by Archibald Enoch Price.
10/03/1986 1
Box.FF 1.4
"Dwelling specifications."
Typescript.
n.d. 1

CORRESPONDENCE:
Box.FF 1.4
Paul Schweikher to Alexander Langsdorf, Jr.
TLS. Regarding cistern.
07/03/1968 1
Box.FF 1.4
William Jordy to Martyl and Alex Langsdorf.
ALS. Praising stewardship of the Langsdorfs.
01/02/1987 1
Box.FF 1.4
Carter Manny to Martyl and Alex Langsdorf.
TLS. Sending congratulations.
01/08/1987 1
Box.FF 1.4
Dorothy and Paul [Schweikher] to Martyl Langsdorf.
ALS. Regarding personal news and trip to Chicago.
04/21/1988 1

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF HOUSE AND ARCHITECT:
Box.FF 1.5
Published illustrations of Schweikher's Arizona house, Motorola Monitor.
12/1973 1
Box.FF 1.5
Blum, Betty. "A Regale of Tales: an Interview with Architect Paul Schweikher Who Knew Just About Everyone."  Inland Architect.
11/1984-12/1984 1
Box.FF 1.5
Zukowsky, John and Betty Blum. The avant-garde in Chicago's suburbs. [Architecture in Context Series]. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago.
1984 1
Box.FF 1.5
Gutheim, Frederick. "After the Prairie School."  Inland Architect, pp.5-6.
01/1985-02/1985 1
Box.FF 1.5
"Historic house may be history."  Daily Herald.
12/04/1986 1
Box.FF 1.5
Benjamin, Susan. "Underage Landmarks."  Inland Architect.
01/1988-02/1988 1
Box.FF 1.5
"Selected bibliography."
Typescript.
n.d. 1

PHOTOGRAPHS:
Box.FF 1.6
Exterior views.
Color photographic prints.
n.d. 4
Box.FF 1.6
Exterior and interior views.
Black and white photographic prints. Martin Schweig, photographer.
n.d. 3

SLIDES:
Box.FF 1.6
Exterior and interior views.
35mm color slides.
1964-1987 31







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