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Bizzarri, Michael and Jane, House Papers, 1949-1990

Michael and Jane Bizzarri House Papers,

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Finding Aid Published: 1999

Michael and Jane Bizzarri House Papers, 1949-1990

Accession Number: 1999.3

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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Michael and Jane Bizzarri House Papers, 1949-1990
EXTENT:.5 linear foot  (1 box) and 1 portfolio
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:Correspondence, publications, photographs, and architectural drawings related to the Michael and Jane Bizzarri house, Cincinnati, Ohio, designed by architect Richard J. Neutra, Michael Bizzarri, a long-time admirer of Neutra, commissioned the architect to build his family home, which was completed in 1959. A friendship between the two families developed out of this project and is reflected in the documents.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Typescript correspondence, holograph correspondence, printed materials, architectural reprographic prints, black and white and color photographic prints.
ORIGINATION: Bizzarri, Michael, 1919-2001
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:This collection, along with additional materials, was donated to the Department of Architecture of The Art Institute of Chicago by Michael Bizzarri in 1995.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Richard Joseph Neutra (1892-1970) is famed for his Modernist buildings, which display his desire to find harmony between architecture and nature. Born in Imperial Vienna, Neutra benefited greatly from the city's cultural prominence, meeting such luminaries as Gustav Klimt, Arnold Schönberg, and Sigmund Freud. In 1917, after serving as an artillery officer in the Balkans during World War I, Neutra graduated cum laude from Technische Hochschule in Vienna. In 1919 he began working for Gustav Ammann in Switzerland. The following year he named the city architect for Luckenwalde, Germany; and in 1921 he moved to Berlin to work for the early Modernist architect Erich Mendelsohn. Neutra emigrated to the United States in 1923 in hopes of meeting Frank Lloyd Wright, whom he discovered when Wright's work was published in Germany in 1910. After working briefly for the firm of Holabird and Roche in Chicago, Neutra was introduced to Wright at the funeral of architect Louis H. Sullivan in 1924. Joined in the fall of that year by his wife Dione and son Frank, Neutra went to work briefly for Wright at Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin. In the spring of 1925, Neutra moved his family to Los Angeles, where he and architect Rudolf Schindler, a friend and fellow Austrian-emigré, started the Architectural Group for Industry and Commerce (AGIC). After the AGIC disbanded in 1930, Neutra continued a successful career designing buildings worldwide. Some of his better known projects include the Lovell Health House in Los Angeles, California, 1928; Channel Heights Housing in San Pedro, California, 1942; the Corona Avenue School in Los Angeles, California, 1935; the Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs, California, 1946; and the Lincoln Memorial Museum in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 1963. Neutra died in 1970 though his legacy is maintained through his architect son, Dion.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
This collection contains papers and photographs gathered by Michael and Jane Bizzarri and relates primarily to the construction of the home designed for them by Richard J. Neutra, which was completed in 1959. Series I contains both personal and business correspondence between Richard and Dione Neutra and Michael and Jane Bizzarri, several annual newsletters prepared by Dione Neutra detailing the Neutras's activities, and a letter from Michael Bizzarri to the Max Protetch Gallery in New York, New York. Series II contains publications relating to Richard Neutra and/or the Bizzarri House. Series III consists of one bound volume of specifications and blueline working drawings. Series IV is composed of approximately one hundred black and white and color photographs of the Bizzarri House, both during construction and upon completion, and of Richard Neutra.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIES I: CORRESPONDENCE. Correspondence is arranged by author, then chronologically within each section.

SERIES II: PUBLICATIONS. Newspaper and magazine articles and other printed materials are arranged chronologically by date of publication.

SERIES III: ARCHITECTURAL PLANS. Specifications and detail working drawings.

SERIES IV: PHOTOGRAPHS. items are arranged by content: photographs of Neutra, construction views, interior views, and exterior views.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Neutra, Richard Joseph, 1892-1970
Neutra, Dione--Correspondence
Neutra, Richard Joseph, 1892-1970--Correspondence
Bizzarri, Michael--Correspondence
Bizzarri, Jane--Correspondence
Architecture, Domestic--Ohio--Cincinnati--History--Sources
Architect-designed houses--Ohio--Cincinnati--History--Sources

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
ALSautogaph letter, signed
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
n.d.no date
Portf.portfolio
TLStyped letter, signed

RELATED MATERIALS IN CURATORIAL DEPARTMENTS, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Architectural drawings for the Bizzarri Residence 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:
The 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:
Michael and Jane Bizzarri House Papers, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
This collection was processed by staff of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1999. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Nathaniel Parks in 2003.

CUSTODIAL HISTORY:
The Department of Architecture transferred this collection to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1999.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: CORRESPONDENCE
FROM RICHARD J. NEUTRA TO MICHAEL AND JANE BIZZARRI:
Box.FF 1.1
Richard J. Neutra to Michael and Jane Bizzarri.
TLS. Indicating that Neutra has made a sketch for a picture frame. Includes carbon copy letter from neutra to Allied Window Manufacturers, Inc., and two frame details on thermographic paper.
06/08/1961 4
Box.FF 1.1
Richard J. Neutra to Michael and Jane Bizzarri.
TLS. Regarding Dr. Fanning.
06/19/1961 1
Box.FF 1.1
Ricahrd J. Neutra to Michael and Jane Bizzarri.
TLS. Inquiring if everything is fine with house and family, also inquiring about Dr. Fanning.
02/06/1962 1
Box.FF 1.1
Ricahrd J. Neutra to Michael and Jane Bizzarri.
TLS. Regarding foundation established in honor of Neutra's 70th birthday.
05/08/1962 1

FROM DIONE NEUTRA TO MICHAEL AND JANE BIZZARRI:
Box.FF 1.2
Dione Neutra to Michael and Jane Bizzarri.
ALS postcard. Sent from James River Gorge, Virginia.
11/04/1960 1
Box.FF 1.2
Dione Neutra to Michael and Jane Bizzarri.
ALS postcard. Sent from Athens, Greece.
03/20/1961 1
Box.FF 1.2
Dione Neutra to Michael and Jane Bizzarri.
ALS postcard. Sent from Strasbourg, Germany.
09/07/1961 1
Box.FF 1.2
Dione Neutra to Michael and Jane Bizzarri.
ALS postcard. Sent from Locarno, Switzerland. Postmarked in Zurich, Switzerland.
11/15/1961 1
Box.FF 1.2
Dione Neutra to Michael and Jane Bizzarri.
ALS postcard. Sent from Vienna, Austria. Postmarked in Bulgaria.
11/01/1962 1
Box.FF 1.2
Dione Neutra to Michael and Jane Bizzarri.
TLS. Inquiring if the Neutras could visit while on business in Ohio.
03/03/1963 1
Box.FF 1.2
Dione Neutra to Michael and Jane Bizzarri.
ALS postcard. Sent from Budapest, Hungary.
07/07/1963 1
Box.FF 1.2
Dione Neutra to Michael and Jane Bizzarri.
TLS. Requesting that the Bizzarris support the Civil Rights Bill.
05/25/1964 1
Box.FF 1.2
Dione Neutra to Michael and Jane Bizzarri.
ALS. Inquiring why the Bizzarris did not respond to 1964 annual letter.
01/1966 1
Box.FF 1.2
Dione Neutra to Michael and Jane Bizzarri.
ALS. Sent from Morrocco, Algeria.
01/04/1969 1
Box.FF 1.2
Neutra. Dione. "My Thoughts on Marriage."
Printed transcript; with envelope. Excerpted from a lecture given to the Architectural Panel, Los Angeles, February 6, 1959, on the subject "Helping a husband and developing your own potentials."
[07/05/1970] 2
Box.FF 1.2
Neutra. Dione. [In Memory of the man whom we admired.]
Photolithograph. Shows drawing by Dione Neutra playing the cello, 1923; signed and annotated by Dione Neutra.
c.1970 1
Box.FF 1.2
Dione Neutra to Jane Bizzarri.
TLS. Inquiring whether the Bizzarris may be able to visit in the near future.
05/24/1973 1

ANNUAL NEWSLETTER:
Box.FF 1.3
Neutra, Dione. "The Year 1965 in the Life of Richard and Dione Neutra, as told by Dione Neutra," newsletter.
Printed paper.
c.12/1965 1
Box.FF 1.3
Neutra, Dione, Dion Neutra, and Raymond Neutra. "The Passing of Richard Neutra...End or Begnning?," newsletter.
Printed paper, with holograph notes and envelope. Includes handwritten notes on the envelope and a sheet of lined paper for a response by Bizzarri.
04/16/1970 3
Box.FF 1.3
Neutra, Dione. "A Message from Dione Neutra to All the Friends who Mourn the Passing of Richard Neutra," newsletter.
Printed paper.
04/26/1970 1
Box.FF 1.3
Neutra, Dione. "The Passing of Richard...End or Beginning?," newsletter.
Printed paper. Includes notes on response written by Bizzarri.
04/1970 1
Box.FF 1.3
Neutra, Dione. "My Thoughts Two Months After Richard Neutra's Death," newsletter.
Printed paper.
06/16/1970 1
Box.FF 1.3
Neutra, Dione. "The Year 1970 in the Life of Richard and Dione Neutra and How it Ended," newsletter.
Printed paper.
c.12/1970 1

CORRESPONDENCE FROM MICHAEL BIZZARRI:
Box.FF 1.4
Michael Bizzarri to Laurence Shopmaker, Director, Max Protetch Galleries, New York City, New York.
TLS. Inquiring if the gallery would like to purchase drawings of the Bizzarri Residence by Neutra. Includes history of the Bizzarri-Neutra relationship.
11/16/1990 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES II: PUBLICATIONS
Box.FF 1.5
Cover image of Richard Neutra from Time Magazine.
08/15/1949 1
Box.FF 1.5
"Nature is my Goal," Newsweek, p. 54.
05/28/1951 1
Box.FF 1.5
Neutra, Dion. "How a Wife Can Help Her Husband Become a Good Architect," , Journal of the AIA 28, pp. 286-288.
09/1957 1
Box.FF 1.5
Seldis, Henry J. "Humanity Key to Neutra Art," Los Angeles Times, n.p.
Promotional reproduction.
11/23/1958 1
Box.FF 1.5
"Names: Richard J. Neutra, FAIA," 1, no. 10, n.p. Architectural & Engineering News
Promotional reproduction.
10/1959 1
Box.FF 1.5
Richard Neutra: Is Planning Possible; Can Destiny Destiny be Designed? Los Angeles; Department of Art, University of California.
Three-paged excerpt with typed and signed form-letter from Richard J. Neutra to "Trusting Friends."
[c.1959] 4
Box.FF 1.5
Richard Neutra's 70th birthday party, photograph.
From unidentified newspaper source.
1962 1
Box.FF 1.5
Contracts, series I, vol. 1.
01/1963/02/1963 1
Portf. 1
Eble, Joseph. "Cliff Dwellers,"   Sunday Pictural Enquirer, pp.8-9.
05/09/1965 1
Box.FF 1.5
[California Institute for Advanced Study.]
Brochure. Includes introductory information, organizational goals, and trustee biographies.
[1960s] 1
Box.FF 1.5
Labunska, Dorthea. "Cincinnati's House by Neutra: Two Cherished Dreams That Came True," The Cincinnati Enquirer, n.p.
.
[1960s] 1
Box.FF 1.5
Ecology Park, Los Angeles, California. Site plan.
Photocopied paper. A project in memoriam of Richard Neutra and others.
04/22/1970 1
Box.FF 1.5
Richard und Dion Neutra, Pflanzen Wasser Steine Licht.
Brochure. For horticulture and gardening books.
c.1975 1
Box.FF 1.5
Hines, Thomas S. "Richard Neutra, AIA's 1977 Gold Medalist," AIA Journal, pp. 53-[54].
03/1977 1
Box.FF 1.5
Dreyfuss, John. "Richard Neutra was Master of Simplicity," The Cincinnati Enquirer, p. F-7
05/09/1977 1
Box.FF 1.5
Richard Neutra's Silverlake Research House, perspective renderings.
Tearsheet. Probably intended for publication.
n.d. 1
Portf. 1
"Richard Neutra Here, Abroad,"  The Cincinnati Post & Times-Star, p.3.
n.d. 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES III: ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS
Box.FF 1.6
Specifications and detail working drawings.
Blueline Diazo prints. Volume is brad-bound. 28 x 23 cm.
n.d. 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES IV: PHOTOGRAPHS
RICHARD J. NEUTRA AND FRIENDS:
Box.FF 1.7
Dione and Richard Neutra with Joe Cassiere, outdoors during construction.
Black and white photographic prints.
c.1960 2
Box.FF 1.7
Frank Albanese, masonry contractor, Richard Neutra, and Joe Cassiere.
Black and white photographic print. J.D. Cassiere Co. was the contractor for the Bizzarri Residence.
c.1960 1
Box.FF 1.7
Jane Bizzarri and Dione Neutra beside a lake.
Black and white photographic prints.
c.1960 2
Box.FF 1.7
Richard Neutra working with photographer in the Bizzarri residence.
Black and white photographic prints.
c.1960 4
Box.FF 1.7
Richard and Dione Neutra at a party in their honor.
Black and white photographic print.
Summer 1965 1
Box.FF 1.7
Richard and Dione Neutra at Richard's 75th birthday celebration in 1967.
Black and white photographic print. In photograph, Dione is holding their wedding picture taken in 1922.
01/1970 1

BIZZARRI, MICHAEL AND JANE, RESIDENCE:
Box.FF 1.8
Construction views.
Black and white photographic prints.
c.1960 24
Box.FF 1.9
Exterior views.
Black and white photographic prints.
c.1960 49
Box.FF 1.9
Exterior views.
Color photographic prints.
n.d. 6
Box.FF 1.10
Interior views.
Black and white photographic prints.
c.1960 17
Box.FF 1.10
Interior views.
Color photographic prints.
c.1960 1







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