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Steif, B. Leo, Collection, 1916-1953

B. Leo Steif (1894-1953) Collection,

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The Art Institute of Chicago

Finding Aid Published: 2001

B. Leo Steif (1894-1953) Collection, 1916-1953

Accession Number: 1985.2

This collection was processed with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:B. Leo Steif (1894-1953) Collection, 1916-1953
EXTENT:1 linear foot (2 boxes) and 2 oversize 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:Scrapbooks and photograph albums document Chicago architect B. Leo Steif s designs for residential, commercial, and apartment buildings. Promotional materials, publications, correspondence, and biographical information are also included.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Albums, a scrapbook, printed papers, publications, and black and white photographic prints.
ORIGINATION: Steif, B. Leo (1894-1953)
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:Three portfolios of photographs were donated by Stanley Freehling in 1985. The album of clippings, brochures and correspondence was donated by Mrs. Irving Stein.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Benjamin Leo Steif (1894-1953) was born in New York City and moved to Chicago at a young age. He initially attended the University of Illinois, and continued his studies at the Armour Institute of Technology, graduating in 1916. After World War I he established his private architecture practice, becoming well known for elegant apartment buildings and small commercial buildings.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The three photograph albums are organized by building type: residences, commercial projects, and high-rise buildings. Additional loose photographs are located at the end of the series. The scrapbook includes a range of documents about Steif's career and projects. Additional documents include promotional materials and publications about Steif's projects, as well as biographical information.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Steif, B. Leo (Benjamin Leo), 1894-1953
Steif, B. Leo (Benjamin Leo), 1894-1953--Archives
Architecture--Illinois--Chicago--20th century--Sources
Architects--Illinois--Chicago--Archives

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
AICArt Institute of Chicago
n.d.not dated
OPOversize 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/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:
Leo B. Steif Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
The collection was processed by staff of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 2001. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2002.

ALTERNATE FORM AVAILABLE:
The portrait photograph has an Art Institute copy negative, as indicated in the inventory. Copies of the photo may be ordered through the Ryerson and Burnham Archives.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: PHOTOGRAPH ALBUMS


RESIDENCES:
Box 1
Two unidentified suburban houses.
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 16

COMMERCIAL PROJECTS:
Box 1
Bowlium, [Sheridan Road, Broadway and Montrose].
Black and white photographic prints.
[1941] 10
Box 1
Modé Theatre (renovation of Keystone Theatre and business block), Chicago, IL.
Black and white photographic prints.
[1935] 2
Box 1
B/G Restaurant, Rush and Oak Streets, Chicago, IL.
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 2
Box 1
Heinemann's Bakeries (SE corner of N. Broadway and W. Melrose St.), Chicago, IL.
Black and white photographic print. A&P Food Stores (Chicago, IL: 3231 N. Broadway); Birdeye's Children's Shop; Four Cohns Shoes.
n.d. 1
Box 1
5424-5430 W. Devon Avenue., Chicago, IL.
Black and white photographic prints. Edgebrook Drugs; Peterson's Fish & Foods; National Tea Company (Chicago, IL: Edgebrook); Edgebrook 5¢ to $1.00 Store.
n.d. 3
Box 1
4018-4022 N. Cicero Avenue, Chicago, IL.
Black and white photographic prints. Sherwin-Williams Paints; Derman's Prescriptions; A&P Supermarket (Chicago, IL: 4022 N. Cicero Ave.).
n.d. 2
Box 1
6340 Western Avenue commercial block, Chicago, IL.
Black and white photographic print.
n.d. 1
Box 1
Dress shop interior, unknown location.
Black and white photographic print.
n.d. 1
Box 1
4827 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL.
Black and white photographic prints. Jefferson Park Pharmacy; Milwaukee and Ainslie Commercial Building; Studebaker Sales Company
n.d. 2
Box 1
B/G Restaurant, State and Dearborn Streets, Chicago, IL.
Black and white photographic print.
n.d. 1

HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS:
OP 2
10 West Elm Apartments, Chicago, IL.
Black and white photographic prints. Gift of Mr. Stanley Freehling.
[1932] 2
OP 2
180 E. Delaware, Chicago, IL.
Black and white photographic prints. Gift of Mr. Stanley Freehling.
[1926] 5
OP 2
433 Briar Street, Chicago, IL.
Black and white photographic prints. Gift of Mr. Stanley Freehling.
[1926] 3
OP 2
920 N. Michigan Avenue Building, Chicago, IL.
Black and white photographic prints. Gift of Mr. Stanley Freehling. AKA, Raymond Apartments; Raymond Apartment Building; Racker, Rose, Importers.
c.1927 2
OP 2
The Barclay (aka 4940 East End Apartments), Chicago, IL.
Black and white photographic print. Gift of Mr. Stanley Freehling.
[1932] 1
OP 2
Mutual Insurance Building, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL.
Black and white photographic print. Gift of Mr. Stanley Freehling.
c.1927 1
OP 2
Sheridan-Grace Apartments, Chicago, IL.
Black and white photographic prints. Gift of Mr. Stanley Freehling.
[1926] 2






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SERIES II: SCRAPBOOK


OP 1
Album of newspaper and magazine clippings, building brochures, and correspondence.
Prepared by Robert Sidney Dickens. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
1916-1953 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES III: INDIVIDUAL PHOTOGRAPHS


FAIR OAKS (B. LEO STEIF RESIDENCE), GLENCOE, IL:
Box 2.1
Fair Oaks, Glencoe, IL.
Black and white photographic print. Verso inscribed by B. Leo Steif, June 30, 1935, “Home of Gen'l Chas H. Howard, Glencoe, IL.” gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
c.1890 1
Box 2.1
Fair Oaks, Glencoe, IL.
Black and white photographic print. Verso inscribed by B. Leo Steif, June 30, 1935. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
1903 1
Box 2.1
Fair Oaks, destroyed by fire.
Black and white photographic print. Verso inscribed by B. Leo Steif, June 30, 1935. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
04/1908 1
Box 2.1
Fair Oaks, Glencoe, IL.
Black and white photographic print. Verso inscribed by B. Leo Steif, June 30, 1935. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
[1909] 1
Box 2.1
Fair Oaks, Glencoe, IL.
Black and white photographic print. Verso inscribed by B. Leo Steif, June 30, 1935. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
[1909] 1
Box 2.1
Fair Oaks, Glencoe, IL.
Black and white photographic print. Verso inscribed by B. Leo Steif, June 30, 1935. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
[1909] 1
Box 2.2
Fair Oaks, front view after remodelling.
Black and white photographic print mounted on cloth. Verso inscribed by B. Leo Steif, June 30, 1935. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
[1935] 1
Box 2.2
Fair Oaks, front view after remodelling.
Black and white photographic print mounted on cloth. Verso inscribed by B. Leo Steif, June 30, 1935. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
[1935] 1
Box 2.2
Fair Oaks, front porch after remodelling.
Black and white photographic print mounted on cloth. Verso inscribed by B. Leo Steif, June 30, 1935. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
[1935] 1
Box 2.2
Fair Oaks, entrance porch after remodelling.
Black and white photographic print mounted on cloth. Verso inscribed by B. Leo Steif, June 30, 1935. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
[1935] 1
Box 2.2
Fair Oaks, master bedroom after remodelling.
Black and white photographic print mounted on cloth. Verso inscribed by B. Leo Steif, June 30, 1935. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
[1935] 2
Box 2.2
Fair Oaks, library after remodelling.
Black and white photographic print mounted on cloth. Verso inscribed by B. Leo Steif, June 30, 1935. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
[1935] 1
Box 2.2
Fair Oaks, dining room after remodelling.
Black and white photographic print mounted on cloth. Verso inscribed by B. Leo Steif, June 30, 1935. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
[1935] 2
Box 2.2
Fair Oaks, card room after remodelling.
Black and white photographic print mounted on cloth. Verso inscribed by B. Leo Steif, June 30, 1935. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
[1935] 2
Box 2.2
Fair Oaks, living room after remodelling.
Black and white photographic print mounted on cloth. Verso inscribed by B. Leo Steif, June 30, 1935. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
[1935] 1
Box 2.2
Fair Oaks, breakfast room after remodelling.
Black and white photographic print mounted on cloth. Verso inscribed by B. Leo Steif, June 30, 1935. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
[1935] 2
Box 2.2
Fair Oaks, rear yard after remodelling.
Black and white photographic print mounted on cloth. Verso inscribed by B. Leo Steif, June 30, 1935. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
[1935] 1
Box 2.2
Fair Oaks, rear terrace after remodelling.
Black and white photographic print mounted on cloth. Verso inscribed by B. Leo Steif, June 30, 1935. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
[1935] 1

PROJECTS:
Box 2.3
10 West Elm, promotional image and description.
Black and white photographic print. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
n.d. 1
Box 2.3
Proposed commercial block, S.E. corner of Rush St. and Walton Pl.
Black and white photographic print of rendering. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
1945 1
Box 2.3
22 West Monroe Street, Chicago, IL.
Black and white photographic print depicting building model. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
1945 1

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION:
OP 2.1
Portrait.
Black and white photographic print1. AIC negative no. C49040.
n.d. 2






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SERIES IV: PROJECTS


FAIR OAKS (B. LEO STEIF RESIDENCE), GLENCOE, IL:
OP 2.1
Plat of survey for 615 Greenleaf Ave., Glencoe, IL.
Diazotype. Taken for Carl E. Lincoln, revised for B. Leo Steif to show utilities. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
05/15/1929 1
Box 2.4
Specifications and architectural resume for residence of Mr. B. Leo Steif, Esq., 615 Greenleaf Ave., Glencoe, IL.
Five page typescript. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
10/12/1935 2
Box 2.4
Floor plans showing Fair Oaks before and after remodelling (first and second floors).
Photostat copies of drawings. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
10/12/1935 6
Box 2.4
"Fair Oaks, Glencoe, IL." The Architectural Forum, pp. 489-494.
Article documents the history and remodelling of Fair Oaks. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
11/1935 2
Box 2.4
"A Brief History of 'Fair Oaks', Home of the Howard Family."
Three page typescript. Parker, Kathryn Howard. Inscribed by B. Leo Steif, June 30, 1935. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
n.d. 1

HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS:
Box 2.5
The Barclay, 4940 East End Avenue, Chicago, IL.
Tri-fold pamphlet detailing the design and ammenities of The Barclay high-rise building. Includes illustrations, photograhic images, and floor plans of individual apartment units. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
1932 1
Box 2.5
The Barclay.
Engraved invitation, with blank envelope, to visit and inspect the available apartments. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
c.1932 2
Box 2.5
Ten West Elm at State Street, Chicago, IL.
Tri-fold pamphlet with envelope detailing the design and ammenities of The Ten West Elm high-rise apartment building. Includes photograhic images, a typical floor plan, and map. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
1932 1
Box 2.5
"City to Have Gay-Colored Skyscraper."
Typescript carbon. Hampson, Philip. Article describes novelty of the Ten West Elm design. Unknown source. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
c.1932 1
Box 2.5
Advertisement for the Northwest Terra Cotta Company.
Advertisement features black and white and color images of Steif's Ten West Elm building. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
n.d. 1

COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS AND OTHER PROJECTS:
Box 2.6
Press release for redevelopment and improvement of the area from the Chicago River to Oak Street and from Lake Shore Drive to State Street.
Typescript copy. Describes plans for a proposed shopping center designed by Steif. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
[1948] 1
Box 2.6
Advertisement for sale of corner property at S.E. corner of Rush Street and Walton Place, Chicago, IL..
Bi-fold pamphlet and photographic reporduction of the property. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
n.d. 2
Box 2.7
Potential photo captions for unknown publication.
Twenty-seventyped notes with some holograph additions. Notes comprise names and dates of selected Steif projects ranging from 1920-1948. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
n.d. 1






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SERIES IV: MISCELLANEOUS BIOGRAPHICAL ITEMS


BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION:
Box 2.8
Biographical outline.
Typescript carbon. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
01/31/1944 1
Box 2.8
Biographical information with correspondence to Mis Beverly Wentlin, A.N. Marquis Publishing Co..
TC. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
12/19/1952 2
Box 2.8
Obituary clippings.
Photocopy. Includes obituaries from the New York Times and Chicago Daily Tribune. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
09/22/1953 1
Box 2.8
Biographical information detailing Steif's professional experience.
Typescript carbon. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
n.d. 1

ILLIOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY:
Box 2.9
Commencement program, Armour Institute of Techonology.
Leather-bound booklet in envelope. Benjamin Leo Steif listed as recepient of Bachelor of Science in Architecture. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
1916 2
Box 2.9
Letter from the Secretary of Mies van der Rohe.
TLS. Expresses Mr. van der Rohe's thanks to Mr. Steif for donating his historical books to the Illinois Institute of Technology. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
05/15/1953 1
Box 2.9
The Technometer, vol.14, no.5.
Publication Illinois Institute of Technology. Short article, "Establishes Scholarship at IIT in Honor of Chicago Alumnus," describes B. Leo Steif Memorial Scholarship. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
02/1955 1
Box 2.9
Technology Center Events, vol.7, no.21.
Typednewsletter containing short item on Steif Scholarship. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
02/21/1955 1
Box 2.9
letter to the superintendents and principals of the high schools of greater Chicago, IL.
TL. American Institute of Architects Letter announces B. Leo Steif Scholarship application process. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
04/25/1955 1
Box 2.9
Monthlybulletin. Michigan Society of Architects. Short item on B. Leo Steif Scholarship. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
04/1955 1
Box 2.9
"That They Shall Not Be Forgotten" American Institute of Architects letter to the superintendents and principals of the high schools of greater Chicago..
Brochure. Alumni Association of the Illinois Institute of Technology. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
1959 1

SPEECHES:
Box 2.10
"Securing My Most Important Client."
Typescript speech on cardstock. Given at a meeting of the American Institute of Architects, Chicago Chapter. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
11/20/1934 1
Box 2.10
The American Institute of Architects Chicago Chapter, November Meeting.
Typescript program. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
11/20/1934 1
Box 2.10
Untitled speech to the North Shore Men's Club.
Typescript speech on cardstock, holograph notations. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
n.d. 1
Box 2.10
Untitled speech on history of architecture.
Typescript speech on cardstock with holograph notations. Also includes descriptions for projected slides. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
n.d. 1
Box 2.10
Notes for an untitled speech.
Typescript notes on cardstock. Possibly given at father and son night at the North Shore Men's Club? gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
n.d. 1

MISCELLANEOUS CORRESPONDENCE:
Box 2.11
Regarding Steif's donation to the Art Institute of Chicago Emergency Fund.
TLS and TCresponse from Steif. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
10/1952 2
Box 2.11
Letter addressing /My Fellow Soldier.0
TLS. From the U.S. Government Kansas City Committee regarding the Third Liberty Loan Committee. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
n.d. 1
Box 2.11
Victory Award made out to Mrs. B. Leo Steif on behalf of the
Certificate. U.S. Treasury Department, Chicago and Cook County Victory Loan Committee. gift of Mrs. Irving Stein.
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