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Lipp, Franz, Papers, 1930-1997

Franz Lipp (1897-1996) Papers,

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Finding Aid Published: 1998

Franz Lipp (1897-1996) Papers, 1930-1997

Accession Number: 1993.1

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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Franz Lipp (1897-1996) Papers, 1930-1997
EXTENT:2.5 linear feet  (5 boxes)
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:This collection includes images and other papers documenting German-American landscape architect Franz Lipp's designs for residential, commercial, and institutional properties primarily in the Upper Midwest.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Black and white and color photographic prints, slides and transparencies.
ORIGINATION: Lipp, Franz, 1897-1996
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:The collection was donated to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives by Franz Lipp in 1993. Additional materials were given by Lipp's colleagues Marvin Wehler and Jim and Margaret Young, and by Art Institute of Chicago researcher Annemarie van Roessel, as noted in the collection inventory.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Born in Leipzig, Germany, Franz Lipp graduated from high school at the age of sixteen and left home to seek his fortune sailing around the world aboard merchant ships. For the duration of World War I, he was detained with his fellow crewmates in New South Wales, Australia, where Lipp learned basic horticulture and engineering from other German internees. At the war's end, Lipp returned to Germany to begin formal study in horticulture with Karl Foerster. Encouraged by his professors, Lipp traveled to Boston in 1921 to study with E.H. Wilson at Harvard's Arnold Arboretum. Intrigued by the work of distinguished landscape architect Jens Jensen, Lipp moved to Chicago in 1923 to work briefly as a construction supervisor for Jensen. After leaving to work for several landscape architects on the East Coast, Lipp returned to Chicago to establish an independent practice in landscape architecture in 1928. Lipp worked steadily throughout the Depression, but took a sabbatical during World War II to undertake a monumental photographic survey of Yellowstone National Park. Those photographs were eventually exhibited at the Art Institute in 1951. After the war, Lipp returned to landscape design in conjunction with landscape engineer Carl Pathe. Lipp was joined by Marvin "Bud" Wehler in 1959, who became a partner in the firm in 1970, although Lipp remained chief designer until retiring in 1981.

Lipp's reputation was made through his work for commercial buildings, shopping centers, hospitals, schools, and churches throughout the Midwest. He maintained long-standing relationships with many of Chicago's noted architectural offices, including Holabird and Root; Perkins and Will; Schmidt, Garden and Erikson; Paul Schweikher and Winston Elting; Loebl, Schlossman and Bennett; and Ernest A. Grunsfeld, III. Lipp also created many landscapes for architect Harold Spitznagel, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A significant number of Lipp's designs were developed over an extended period of time; his work for Colonel Robert R. McCormick's estate, "Cantigny," in Wheaton, Illinois, continued for nearly ten years, and Lipp received commissions from the Kohler Family, of Kohler, Wisconsin, for nearly thirty years.

In recognition of his contributions to the profession of landscape architecture, Lipp was awarded national honors from the American Association of Nurserymen in 1968 and 1971, the Hutchinson Medal from the Chicago Horticultural Society in 1977, and a Distinguished Service award from the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1980. Lipp died in Wheaton, Illinois, in 1996.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
This collection documents Franz Lipp's life and career through color and black and white photographs and photostats and a biographical scrapbook.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIES I: PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS AND TRANSPARENCIES. Includes copy photographs of some drawings, plus many views of completed landscape design; organized alphabetically by project name. Box 3 contains mounted photographs from a separate portfolio.

SERIES II: SLIDES. Views of completed landscape design; organized alphabetically by project name.

SERIES III: BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. A portrait photograph of Franz Lipp is followed by a scrapbook of correspondence, job lists, and articles by or about Lipp.

SERIES IV: NEGATIVES. This series is restricted. All images are represented in print format in Series I.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Lipp, Franz, 1897-1996
Lipp, Franz, 1897-1996--Archives
Landscape architecture--United States--History--Sources
Landscape photography--United States--History--Sources
Landscape design--Illinois--History--Sources
Landscape design--Illinois--History--Sources
Landscape architects--Illinois--Archives
Gardens--Design--History--Sources
Landscape architects--Illinois--Archives
Photographers--Illinois--Chicago--Archives

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
n.d.no date
RESTrestricted

RELATED MATERIALS IN THE RYERSON AND BURNHAM ARCHIVES, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Century of Progress Collection (00.18)
Historic Architecture and Landscape Image Collection (00.20)

SEPARATED MATERIALS:
Landscape drawings created by Franz Lipp are housed in the permanent collection of the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago.

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:
Franz Lipp Papers, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
The collection was processed by the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1997 and 1998; additional materials were added and the finding aid revised in 2002 by Annemarie van Roessel. The finding aid was further revised in 2003 by Annemarie van Roessel.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS AND TRANSPARENCIES



PHOTOGRAPHS, GENERAL:
1350-1360 N. LAKE SHORE DRIVE APARTMENT BUILDINGS. CHICAGO, IL
Box.FF 1.1
Exterior views.
Black and white photographic prints.
c.1950-1955 2

ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY, HOME OFFICE BUILDING. NORTHBROOK, IL
Box.FF 1.2
Exterior views.
Color transparencies. Hedrich-Blessing, photographer.
[c.1960s] 4

ARLINGTON PARK RACETRACK, ARLINGTON PARK, IL
Box.FF 1.3
Perspective rendering.
Color photographic print and black and white copy photographic print.
1972 2

BADGER METER COMPANY BUILDING. BROWN DEER, WI
Box.FF 1.4
Perspective renderings.
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 2

BISHOP DWENGER HIGH SCHOOL. FORT WAYNE, IN
Box.FF 1.5
Perspective renderings.
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 3

BUEHLER, A.C. "SHORTY", MR. AND MRS., RESIDENCE. BARRINGTON, IL
Box.FF 1.6
Exterior view
Black and white photographic print.
n.d. 1

CENTURY OF PROGRESS INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION, CHRYSLER MOTORS BUILDING. CHICAGO, IL
Box.FF 1.7
Exterior views.
Black and white photographic prints. Hedrich-Blessing, photographer.
c.1933 2

COLUMBIA HOSPITAL. MILWAUKEE, WI
Box.FF 1.8
Perspective renderings.
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 2

CONRADO SHOPPING CENTER. ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Box.FF 1.9
Perspective renderings.
Black and white photographic prints.
[c.1964?] 5

FOREST PRODUCTS LABORATORY, MADISON, WI
Box.FF 1.10
Plans, elevations, and sections.
Black and white photographic prints.
1934 3

G.D. SEARLE AND COMPANY BUILDING. SKOKIE, IL
Box.FF 1.11
Elevations.
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 2

HENRY, HUNTINGTON B., RESIDENCE. LAKE FOREST, IL
Box.FF 1.12
Perspective renderings.
Black and white photographic prints.
02/10/1955 2

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT BUILDING. PIERRE, SD
Box.FF 1.13
Perspective rendering.
Black and white photographic print.
[c.1970s] 1

INTERNATIONAL MINERALS AND CHEMICAL CORPORATION BUILDING. LIBERTYVILLE, IL
Box.FF 1.14
Exterior views.
Black and white photographic prints. Hedrich-Blessing, photographer.
1934 4
Box.FF 1.15
Exterior views.
Black and white photographic prints. Hedrich-Blessing, photographer.
n.d. 3
Box.FF 1.16
Exterior views.
Color transparencies. Hedrich-Blessing, photographer.
n.d. 5

INTERNATIONAL MINERALS AND CHEMICAL CORPORATION BUILDING. MUNDELEIN, IL
Box.FF 1.17
Perspective renderings.
Black and white photographic prints. Hedrich-Blessing, photographer.
[1965?] 7

INTERNATIONAL MINERALS AND CHEMICAL CORPORATION CAMPUS. SKOKIE, IL
Box.FF 1.18
Exterior view of building and garden.
Black and white photographic print. Hedrich-Blessing, photographer.
c.1966-1970 1
Box.FF 1.19
Exterior views of buildings and gardens.
Color photographic prints.
c.1966-1970 28
Box.FF 1.20
Exterior views of buildings and garden.
Color transparencies. Hedrich-Blessing, photographer.
H-B neg. 2866A-2866G.
c.1966-1970 6
Box.FF 1.21
Exterior views of buildings and garden.
Color transparencies. Hedrich-Blessing, photographer.
H-B neg. 2866H-2866O.
c.1966-1970 6

INTERNATIONAL MINERALS AND CHEMICAL CORPORATION CAMPUS. UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION
Box.FF 1.22
Exterior views of buildings and garden.
Color transparencies. Hedrich-Blessing, photographer.
n.d. 5

JOHNSON, HERBERT F., RESIDENCE, aka "WINGSPREAD". RACINE, WI
Box.FF 2.1
Perspective renderings.
Black and white photographic prints.
c.1937-1945 5

LAKE FOREST INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL. LAKE FOREST, IL
Box.FF 2.2
Elevations.
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 10

LAKESIDE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITAL. CHICAGO, IL
Box.FF 2.22
Exterior views.
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 2

LANDIS TOOL COMPANY OFFICE BUILDING. [WAYNESBORO, PA?]
Box.FF 2.3
Elevations, schemes A, B, C, D, E, and F.
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 6

MARSHALL FIELD GARDEN APARTMENTS. CHICAGO, IL
Box.FF 2.4
Perspective renderings.
Black and white photographic prints.
c.1929 4

MAYFAIR SHOPPING CENTER. MILWAUKEE, IL
Box.FF 2.5
Elevations and perspective renderings.
Black and white photographic prints. Drawings titled "May Fair" [sic].
01/1958 12

NATIONAL TRAINING SCHOOL FOR BOYS. MORGANTOWN, WV
Box.FF 2.6
Perspective renderings.
Black and white photographic prints.
05/16/1963 3

NORTH MICHIGAN AVENUE. CHICAGO, IL
Box.FF 2.7
Perspective renderings.
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 6

SALEM-ZION MENNONITE CHURCH. FREEMAN, SD
Box.FF 2.8
Perspective rendering.
Black and white photographic print.
[1959?] 1

STATE CAPITOL BUILDING. PIERRE, SD
Box.FF 2.9
Perspective rendering.
Black and white photographic print.
n.d. 1

SQUARE D COMPANY BUILDING. MILWAUKEE, WI
Box.FF 2.10
Perspective renderings.
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 4
Box.FF 2.11
Exterior views.
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 4

SAINT CHRISTOPHER'S CHURCH. RIVER HILLS, WI
Box.FF 2.12
Perspective renderings.
Black and white photographic prints.
[1960?] 2

SUNSET MEMORIAL GARDENS. ROCKFORD, IL
Box.FF 2.13
Perspective renderings.
Black and white photographic prints.
1951 2

SWIFT AND COMPANY BUILDING. OAKBROOK, IL
Box.FF 2.14
Exterior views.
Color transparencies. Hedrich-Blessing, photographer.
n.d. 3

UNIVERSITY OF MILWAUKEE, DOWNER SEMINARY. MILWAUKEE, WI
Box.FF 2.15
Preliminary landscape plan.
Black and white photostat.
n.d. 1

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, HESBURGH LIBRARY. SOUTH BEND, IN
Box.FF 2.16
Perspective renderings.
Black and white photographic prints.
1960s 3
Box.FF 2.17
Exterior view.
Black and white photographic print. Hedrich-Blessing, photographer.
1960s 1

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY, MEDICAL CENTER, BASIC SCIENCES BUILDING. MORGANTOWN, WV
Box.FF 2.18
Perspective renderings.
Black and white photographic prints.
12/12/1955, c.1955 13

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY, MOUNTAINLAIR. MORGANTOWN, WV
Box.FF 2.19
Perspective renderings.
Color photographic prints.
09/19/1964 2

UNIDENTIFIED APARTMENT BUILDING. UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION
Box.FF 2.20
Exterior views.
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 3

UNIDENTIFIED APARTMENT OR OFFICE BUILDING. UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION
Box.FF 2.21
Perspective rendering.
Black and white photographic print.
n.d. 1


PHOTOGRAPHS FROM PORTFOLIO:
FRIEND, R.E., ESTATE. PINE LAKE, WI
Box.FF 3.1
Exterior views of gardens.
Black and white photographic prints.
c.1935-1945 8

MILWAUKEE SANITARIUM. WAUWAUTOSA, WI
Box.FF 3.2
Exterior views of buildings and garden.
Black and white photographic prints.
1940 8

POSS, BENJAMIN AND AIMEE S., RESIDENCE. 4676 N. LAKE DR., WHITEFISH BAY, WI
Box.FF 3.31
Exterior views of residence and garden.
Black and white photographic prints.
c.1935-1945 16

SLOCUM, A. LESTER AND GERTRUDE SMITH, RESIDENCE. 2675 N. TERRACE AVE., MILWAUKEE, WI
Box.FF 3.4
Exterior views of residence and garden.
Black and white photographic prints.
c.1935-1945 7

SMITH, ARTHUR O., MRS., RESIDENCE. 2675 N. TERRACE AVE., MILWAUKEE, WI
Box.FF 3.5
Exterior views of residence.
Black and white photographic print.
c.1935-1945 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES II: SLIDES


KOHLER COMPANY, AMERICAN CLUB BUILDING. KOHLER, WI:
Box.FF 2.23
Exterior views.
Color 35mm slides. Gift of Marvin Wehler, 1998.
09/1978 15

KOHLER COMPANY, GENERAL BUILDINGS. KOHLER, WI:
Box.FF 2.24
Exterior views.
Color 35mm slides. Gift of Marvin Wehler, 1998.
07/1974, 09/1978 13

McLENNAN, DONALD JR. and ELINOR, ESTATE, aka "STORNOWAY". LIGONIER, PA:
Box.FF 2.25
Exterior views.
Color 35mm slides. Gift of Marvin Wehler, 1998.
04/1975 34






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES III: BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS


Box.FF 4.1
Franz Lipp at Yellowstone National Park, MT.
Black and white photographic print. Lester Bridaham, photographer Gift of Jim and Margaret Young, 1997. Transfer from the Department of Architecture, 2000.
1945 1
Box 4
Scrapbook.
Photocopied papers. Includes research materials; publications; correspondence. All materials relate to Lipp's career and his landscape photography. Reproduced from scrapbook compiled by Franz Lipp and lent for duplication to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives by Josephine Lipp, c.1998.
c.1998 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES IV: NEGATIVES

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE RESTRICTED. PLEASE CONSULT THE ARCHIVIST FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

ALL IMAGES ARE REPRESENTED IN PRINT FORM IN SERIES I.


REST
1350-1360 N. LAKE SHORE DRIVE APARTMENT BUILDINGS. CHICAGO, IL
Black and white 35mm. negative strip.
c.1951-1955 1
REST
ARLINGTON PARK RACE TRACK. ARLINGTON PARK, IL
Color negative.
n.d. 1
REST
BADGER METER COMPANY BUILDING. BROWN DEER, WI
Black and white negative.
n.d. 1
REST
COLUMBIA HOSPITAL. MILWAUKEE, WI
Black and white negatives.
n.d. 2
REST
HENRY, HUNTINGTON B., MRS., RESIDENCE. LAKE FOREST, IL
Black and white negatives.
02/10/1955 2
REST
HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT BUILDING. PIERRE, SD
Black and white negative.
[c.1970s] 1
REST
JOHNSTON, HERBERT F., RESIDENCE, aka "WINGSPREAD". RACINE, WI
Black and white negative.
[c.1930s?] 1
REST
LAKE FOREST INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL. LAKE FOREST, IL
Black and white negatives.
[c.1950s] 5
REST
LANDIS TOOL COMPANY BUILDING. [WAYNESBORO, PA?]
Black and white negatives.
n.d. 6
REST
MARSHALL FIELD GARDEN APARTMENTS. CHICAGO, IL
Black and white negatives.
n.d. 3
REST
SQUARE D COMPANY BUILDING. MILWAUKEE, WI
Black and white negatives.
n.d. 3
REST
STATE CAPITOL BUILDING. PIERRE, SD
Black and white negative.
[c.1959?] 1
REST
SUNSET MEMORIAL GARDENS. ROCKFORD, IL
Black and white negatives.
[c.1951] 2
REST
WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY, MEDICAL CENTER, BASIC SCIENCES BUILDING. MORGANTOWN, WV
Black and white negatives.
12/12/1955 6
REST
UNIDENTIFIED APARTMENT BUILDING. UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION
Black and white 35mm. negatives.
n.d. 5
REST
UNIDENTIFIED APARTMENT OR OFFICE BUILDING. UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION
Black and white 35mm. negatives.
n.d. 1







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