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Voorhees, Gmelin & Walker Photographs, 1930-c.1933

Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker Photographs,

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Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
The Art Institute of Chicago

Finding Aid Published: 1990

Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker Photographs, 1930-c.1933

Accession Number: 1989.3

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:Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker Photographs, 1930-c.1933
EXTENT:2 portfolios
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:Two albums of photographs documenting designs by architect Ralph T. Walker, of Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker, for the 1933-1934 Century of Progress International Exposition in Chicago.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Bound and unbound albums of black and white photographic prints.
ORIGINATION: Walker, Ralph, 1889-1973
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:Exchange by the Department of Architecture by a prior gift of Carson Pirie Scott and Co.

HISTORICAL NOTE:
Ralph Thomas Walker (1889-1973) joined the architectural firm McKenzie, Voorhees and Gmelin in 1919, after two years at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and two years in the Montreal atelier of Francis Swales. The firm, which became Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker in 1926, designed numerous prominent Art Deco buildings in New York City during the 1920s, and also worked on buildings for the 1939 World's Fair in New York. Ralph Walker served on the design committee, established by Raymond Hood, that advised the Board of Directors of the 1933 Century of Progress exposition. By lottery he received the commission to design the central tower, which was not built.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
Walker's proposed design for the unbuilt central tower is featured in the two photograph albums that comprise this collection.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
The album pages have been numbered sequentially; album 1 is lacking pages 6 and 7.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker
Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934: Chicago, Ill.)
Bell Laboratories. Communications Hall
Walker, Ralph, 1889-1973

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
Portf.portfolio

RELATED MATERIALS IN CURATORIAL DEPARTMENTS, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Architectural drawings by Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker for the Century of Progress International Exposition are held in the permanent collection of the Department of Architecture.

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:
Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker Photographs, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
The 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.

CUSTODIAL HISTORY:
This collection was transferred from the Department of Architecture to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1989.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

CENTRAL TOWER IN THE MAIN LAGOON OF THE CHICAGO WORLD'S FAIR 1933, RALPH T. WALKER, ARCHITECT.
Portf. 1
Cover page.
Printed paper.
Pre-1933 1
Portf. 1
Plans, elevations and models of proposed design.
Black and white photographs. Palmer Shannon, photographer [Cameragraph, New York].
1930, pre-1933 19

CENTRAL TOWER IN THE MAIN LAGOON OF THE CHICAGO WORLD'S FAIR 1933, RALPH T. WALKER, ARCHITECT.
Portf. 2
Interior elevation rendering of rear of stage for alteration to Communication Hall for Bell Laboratories, Inc.
Black and white photographs. Palmer Shannon, photographer [Cameragraph, New York].
Pre-1933 1
Portf. 2
Plans, exterior elevation renderings, interior elevation renderings, and models of alternative designs for proposed central tower.
Black and white photographs. Palmer Shannon, photographer [Cameragraph, New York].
03/14/1930, pre-1933 68



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