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Sullivan/Van Allen Building Collection, 1910-1980s

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Finding Aid Published: 1985

Sullivan/Van Allen Building Collection, 1910-1980s

Accession Number: 1970.1

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LOUIS SULLIVAN WEBPAGE

LOUIS SULLIVAN BUILDINGS EXTANT IN CHICAGO WEBPAGE

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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Sullivan/Van Allen Building Collection, 1910-1980s
EXTENT:2 boxes (.5 linear foot) , 1 oversize portfolio and flatfile materials
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:In 1910 John D. Van Allen commissioned Louis Sullivan to design a new department store for his family business in Clinton, Iowa. By this date Sullivan had few commissions and thus spent considerable time attending to his immediate projects. In frequent letters to his client (occasionally daily), Sullivan wrote of his design, guiding and persuading the client toward Sullivan's desired end. In addition to more than one hundred letters, the collection includes financial documents and rare construction photographs.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Printed papers, correspondence, black and white photographic prints, color photographic prints, a watercolor on paper and glass negatives.
ORIGINATION: Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924
Van Allen, John D.
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:The majority of this collection was a gift to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives from John B. Van Allen, grandson of John D. Van Allen, Louis Sullivan's client, in 1970. The watercolor rendering was a gift of the Elizabeth K. Van Allen Trust, in 2012. Color photographs (c.1980s) were donated anonymously c.2015.

HISTORICAL NOTE:
In 1910 John D. Van Allen commissioned Chicago architect Louis Sullivan to design a new department store for his family business in Clinton, Iowa. In the late 1980s, the Van Allen Foundation was established by Chicago architect Crombie Taylor to purchase and restore the building, which it operated as a museum and gallery featuring Louis Sullivan-related exhibitions. In 1990, the building was purchased by the City of Clinton and stood vacant until 2001, when redevelopment began for commercial and residential use.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The correspondence between John D. Van Allen and Louis Sullivan spans the years 1910-1913, and was continued by the son until 1918. Also included in the collection are some calculations and statements, photographs of the building under construction and completed, and artistic renderings of the completed building.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIES I: CORRESPONDENCE. Correspondence from Louis Sullivan to John D. Van Allen and F.H. Van Allen is listed in chronological order. Correspondence from F.H. Van Allen to Sullivan follows, also in chronological order. Miscellaneous correspondence is found at the end of this series, in chronological order.

SERIES II: MISCELLANEOUS. Financial records and memos, listed in chronological order, are followed by product information and handwritten notes.

SERIES III: PHOTOGRAPHS AND DRAWINGS. Black and white prints are listed in chronological order, followed by the glass plate negatives from which the prints were made. Drawings are arranged last.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Van Allen & Son Dry Goods Store, (Clinton, Iowa)
Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924
Van Allen, John D.
Van Allen, F. H.

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
AICArt Institute of Chicago
ALSautogaph letter, signed
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
n.d.no date
OPOversize Portfolio
TCtyped carbon
TLStyped letter, signed

RELATED MATERIALS IN THE RYERSON AND BURNHAM ARCHIVES, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Sullivaniana Collection, 1931.1
Richard Nickel Archive, 2010.6

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

SEPARATED MATERIALS:
Architectural drawings for the Van Allen building are held in the permanent collection of the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago.

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Siry, Joseph. "Louis Sullivan's Building for John D. Van Allen and Son, " Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 49, no.1 (March 1990): 67-89.

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
The collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
Portions of this collection are restricted; surrogates are provided for patron access. The remainder of 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 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:
Sullivan/Van Allen Building Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
This collection was processed by the Ryerson and Burnham Archives before 1986. The finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2003.

ALTERNATE FORM AVAILABLE:
One photograph has an existing AIC copy negative, as indicated in the inventory listing. Copies of this image may be ordered through the Ryerson and Burnham Archives.

ITEM INVENTORY:
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SERIES I: CORRESPONDENCE



CORRESPONDENCE FROM LOUIS H. SULLIVAN TO JOHN D. VAN ALLEN AND F.H. VAN ALLEN:
Box.FF 1.1
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS (deacidified). Regards planning for new dry goods store building.
10/13/1910 1
Box.FF 1.1
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Reiterates invitation to visit Sullivan in Chicago.
10/25/1910 1
Box.FF 1.1
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Reiterates invitation for visit Sullivan in Chicago.
01/16/1911 1
Box.FF 1.1
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
Memo. Cost estimate for similar buildings.
01/20/1911 1
Box.FF 1.1
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Offers to accept project. Discusses reliability of red vs. blue gum.
03/20/1911 1
Box.FF 1.1
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Follow up on use of red gum, cites opinion of Roche of Holabird & Roche.
03/23/1911 1
Box.FF 1.1
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Follow-up on red gum, cites opinion of Edmunds of Edmunds & Co., cabinetmakers.
03/23/1911 1
Box.FF 1.1
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Cover letter for rough sketches of first floor for new store.
11/18/1911 1
Box.FF 1.1
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Comments on cost, structure and basement. Invitation to daylong meeting in Chicago. 2 pages.
11/21/1911 1
Box.FF 1.2
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Cover letter for sketch plans and elevations. Discusses column spacing and door decoration. 3 pages.
01/11/1912 1
Box.FF 1.2
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Concerns about basement headroom and foundation construction and drainage. 2 pages.
01/12/1912 1
Box.FF 1.2
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Questions about party wall agreements and concessions related to foundation construction. 2 pages.
01/13/1912 1
Box.FF 1.2
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Reports meeting with Kuon (?) Co. reps about proposed construction of neighboring building.
01/15/1912 1
Box.FF 1.2
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Acknowledges receipt of engineer's sketch and confirms upcoming meeting with Van Allen.
01/16/1912 1
Box.FF 1.2
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Points out challenges with basement construction. Includes headroom calculations. 2 pages.
01/17/1912 2
Box.FF 1.2
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
AL. Suggests cost-cutting revisions to plans. Includes rough costs and cubic contents projections. 3 pages.
01/20/1912 2
Box.FF 1.2
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen, draft of previous letter.
AL. Suggests cost-cutting revisions to plans. Includes rough costs and cubic contents projections. 4 pages.
01/20/1912 2
Box.FF 1.2
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Invitation to discuss potential revisions personally in Chicago.
01/30/1912 1
Box.FF 1.3
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Requests report on borings to resolve party wall issues.
02/20/1912 1
Box.FF 1.3
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Provides rationale for rejecting bricks from Iowa Central Brick Co.
02/20/1912 1
Box.FF 1.3
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Suggests meeting in Clinton the following week re party walls.
02/24/1912 1
Box.FF 1.3
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Reports on recommendations of Otis elevators, toilets, vacuum cleaning, stair placement and brick color. 2 pages.
03/15/1912 1
Box.FF 1.3
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Suggests revision to interior, incorporating brick and terra cotta in soft low tones.
04/03/1912 1
Box.FF 1.3
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Reports on revisions required by city sprinkler code.
04/08/1912 1
Box.FF 1.3
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Previews engineering analysis that will be sent shortly.
04/08/1912 1
Box.FF 1.3
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Expresses thanks for Van Allen's satisfaction with elevations and reports satisfactory results of engineering analysis. 2 pages.
04/10/1912 1
Box.FF 1.3
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Confirms upcoming meeting on Clinton.
04/13/1912 1
Box.FF 1.3
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Reports on meeting with Mr. Cowan (F.W. Woolworth Co. rep.) about party wall.
04/24/1912 1
Box.FF 1.4
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Cover letter for electrical lighting and power layout; refers to lighting in Rothschild's department store. 2 pages.
05/03/1912 1
Box.FF 1.4
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Forwards Otis Elevator layout and bid.
05/04/1912 1
Box.FF 1.4
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Confirms that ceiling outlets are 320 watts.
05/04/1912 1
Box.FF 1.4
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Forwards bids for sprinkler systems from General Fire Extinguisher Co and Rockwood Sprinkler Co.
05/06/1912 1
Box.FF 1.4
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Forwards basement plan blueprints.
05/07/1912 1
Box.FF 1.4
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Reports conversation with Griswold (F.W. Woolworth Co.); recommends proceeding according to drawings and previous cost-sharing agreements. 2 pages.
05/07/1912 1
Box.FF 1.4
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS, signed by Parker Noble Berry. Forwards pencil tracings of revised portions of basement plan.
05/13/1912 1
Box.FF 1.4
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Discusses proposal of General Fire Extinguisher.
05/14/1912 1
Box.FF 1.4
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Confirms meeting.
05/15/1912 1
Box.FF 1.5
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Confirms upcoming meeting to decide on party wall.
06/17/1912 1
Box.FF 1.5
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Cover letter forwarding blueprints of street service connections.
07/02/1912 1
Box.FF 1.5
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Cover letter for copy of general conditions for specifications.
07/10/1912 1
Box.FF 1.5
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
TLS. Forwards blueprints and raises potential concerns about sewer connections. 2 pages.
07/10/1912 1
Box.FF 1.5
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Forwards masonry specifications and refers to other estimates and costs.
07/16/1912 1
Box.FF 1.5
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Forwards carpentry and millwork specifications.
07/19/1912 1
Box.FF 1.5
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Postpones visit; request cheque for $500.
07/22/1912 1
Box.FF 1.5
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Forwards specifications for plaster, glass, glazing and mirrors.
07/24/1912 1
Box.FF 1.5
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Forwards blueprints to be used with specification to determine costs. Reiterates request for payment.
07/29/1912 1
Box.FF 1.5
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Forwards specifications for heating and ventilation; apologizes for expense.
08/20/1912 1
Box.FF 1.5
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Suggests that a lawyer draft party wall agreements with F.W. Woolworth & Co.
08/20/1912 1
Box.FF 1.6
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Reiterates request for payment.
09/05/1912 1
Box.FF 1.6
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Reports meeting with and pressure from Cowan of F.W. Woolworth re party wall.
09/18/1912 1
Box.FF 1.6
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
ALS. Forwards draft of party wall agreement and urges close review, as it favors Woolworth.
09/28/1912 1
Box.FF 1.6
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Receipt for payment of $500; urges Van Allen consult with builder soon.
10/15/1912 1
Box.FF 1.6
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Forwards structural steel and iron drawings and urges that builder proceed quickly.
10/18/1912 1
Box.FF 1.6
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Forwards 5 current sets of blueprints; suggests destruction of all earlier blueprints and urges meeting soon. 2 pages.
10/25/1912 1
Box.FF 1.6
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. States that valuable time is being lost in the preliminaries.
10/30/1912 1
Box.FF 1.6
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Forwards 5 copies of terra cotta specifications. Confirms meeting with builder.
12/04/1912 1
Box.FF 1.6
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Forwards drawings and specifications for party wall and revisions to other sheets.
12/12/1912 1
Box.FF 1.6
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Urgently requests meeting with Mr. Haring (builder).
12/13/1912 1
Box.FF 1.6
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Confirms meeting with Haring for January 6, 7 and 8.
12/26/1912 1
Box.FF 1.7
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Confirms meeting on January 6.
01/04/1913 1
Box.FF 1.7
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Forwards Dec. 1912 edition of "Architecture & Building" with reference to article by Theodore Starrett, NY contractor and builder.
01/09/1913 1
Box.FF 1.7
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Confirms changes to various elements of decorative and mechanical plans. 2 pages.
01/10/1913 1
Box.FF 1.7
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Confirms elevator details.
01/12/1913 1
Box.FF 1.7
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Cautions about changes to steel shapes proposed by Bethlehem. 2 pages.
01/13/1913 1
Box.FF 1.7
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Reports conversation with Cowan of F.W. Woolworth on timing for party wall.
01/13/1913 1
Box.FF 1.7
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS, signed Parker Noble Berry. Forwards changes to steel column schedule.
01/28/1913 1
Box.FF 1.7
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Advises against a formal contract with Daniel Haring (builder) in favor of a more elastic agreement.
01/30/1913 1
Box.FF 1.7
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Reports telephone conversation with Cowan of F.W.. Woolworth re party wall.
01/30/1913 1
Box.FF 1.8
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Soliciting bids for structural steel, plumbing, heating and ventilation; agrees to proposed lumber changes form Haring.
02/02/1913 1
Box.FF 1.8
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Forwards specifications.
02/03/1913 1
Box.FF 1.8
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Confirms that direct communication with Haring is now permissible.
02/04/1913 1
Box.FF 1.8
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Forwards specifications. Request advance notice for Haring visits.
02/05/1913 1
Box.FF 1.8
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
ALS. Request payment of $500.
02/07/1913 1
Box.FF 1.8
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Reports on meeting with Haring, some new challenges with party wall and conversations with Prudham of F.W. Woolworth. 2 pages.
02/08/1913 1
Box.FF 1.8
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Reports on new foundation arrangements. Notes disappointment in not receiving cheque.
02/10/1913 1
Box.FF 1.8
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
ALS. Reports engaging American terra Cotta and Ceramics Company.
02/13/1913 1
Box.FF 1.8
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Receipt for payment.
02/14/1913 1
Box.FF 1.8
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Reports starting work on watercolor perspectives.
02/26/1913 1
Box.FF 1.9
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Reports Haring suggestion to suspend foundation planning until quicksand issue resolved.
03/03/1913 1
Box.FF 1.9
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Reports request to draw up contract with Clinton Bridge Work.
03/12/1913 1
Box.FF 1.9
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
ALS, signed by Parker Noble Berry. Request that steel contract be marked "In duplicate."
03/15/1913 1
Box.FF 1.9
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
ALS, signed by Parker Noble Berry. Report on printing plates made from watercolor perspective by Franklin Co.
03/18/1913 1
Box.FF 1.9
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
ALS. Requests cheque for $500.
03/19/1913 1
Box.FF 1.9
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
ALS. Reports that Franklin Co. proof is unacceptable and suggest a line drawing instead.
03/21/1913 1
Box.FF 1.9
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
ALS. Acknowledges $500 cheque. Argues against Franklin Co. cut. Annotations added on 03/23/12.
03/22/1913 1
Box.FF 1.9
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
ALS, signed by Parker Noble Berry. Forwards contract for miscellaneous iron with Love Brothers.
03/27/1913 1
Box.FF 1.9
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
TLS. Forwards description of building. Per "K".
04/21/1913 1
Box.FF 1.9
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
ALS, signed by Parker Noble Berry, with envelope (deacidified). Forwards proposal from Otis Elevator for spiral parcel conveyor.
04/24/1913 2
Box.FF 1.9
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Confirms upcoming meeting.
04/26/1913 1
Box.FF 1.9
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Forwards revised sheet E4 showing framing for all floors.
04/29/1913 1
Box.FF 1.10
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
ALS, signed by Parker Noble Berry. Forwards plans, elevations for stair enclosure.
05/06/1913 1
Box.FF 1.10
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Acknowledges receipt of $250 and confirms that policy concerning foundation work is in order.
05/09/1913 1
Box.FF 1.10
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
ALS, signed by Parker Noble Berry. Forwards details for show windows.
05/14/1913 1
Box.FF 1.10
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS, signed by Parker Noble Berry. Justifies review time for steel shop drawings, pointing to errors in drawings from Clinton Bridge works.
05/20/1913 1
Box.FF 1.10
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
ALS. Requests payment of $250; reassures on progress; raises concerns about Clinton Bridge Work.
05/27/1913 1
Box.FF 1.10
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
ALS. Requests payment of $250.
06/05/1913 1
Box.FF 1.10
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS, signed by Parker Noble Berry. Acknowledges receipt of 6/5 correspondence; requests drawings to forward to Love Brothers.
06/06/1913 1
Box.FF 1.10
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Acknowledges receipt of 6/5 correspondence; expresses concerns about Clinton Bridge.
06/06/1913 1
Box.FF 1.10
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Expresses displeasure at failure to send payment.
06/13/1913 1
Box.FF 1.10
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Explains billing arrangement noting total commission is $6250, of which $5750 has been paid.
06/16/1913 1
Box.FF 1.10
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Requests payment for services rendered.
06/24/1913 1
Box.FF 1.10
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Complains that no response to previous request has been received.
06/27/1913 1
Box.FF 1.10
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Forwards contracts for heating and ventilation and plumbing and drainage. Cautions about need for temporary heating.
07/11/1913 1
Box.FF 1.10
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Requests payment of $250.
12/08/1913 1
Box.FF 1.10
Louis H. Sullivan to John D. Van Allen.
ALS. Forwards seasons greetings.
12/22/1913 1
Box.FF 1.11
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
ALS. Requests an accounting.
10/14/1914 1
Box.FF 1.11
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
ALS. Requests an accounting.
11/18/1914 1
Box.FF 1.11
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
ALS. Requests prospective client referrals.
12/31/1914 1
Box.FF 1.11
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
ALS. Requests payment and any exterior views of building.
02/16/1915 1
Box.FF 1.11
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
ALS. Acknowledges payment of $311.33 and requests itemized account. 2 pages.
04/07/1915 1
Box.FF 1.11
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
ALS. Requests response to April 7 request.
05/10/1915 1
Box.FF 1.11
Louis H. Sullivan to F.H. Van Allen.
ALS. Responds to request to cooperate with Mr. Crocker; on Cliff Dwellers notepaper.
11/21/1918 1

CORRESPONDENCE FROM F.H. VAN ALLEN TO LOUIS H. SULLIVAN:
Box.FF 1.12
F.H. Van Allen to Louis H. Sullivan.
TC. Postpones upcoming meeting.
02/26/1912 1
Box.FF 1.12
F.H. Van Allen to Louis H. Sullivan.
TC. Postpones upcoming visit.
07/19/1912 1
Box.FF 1.12
F.H. Van Allen to Louis H. Sullivan.
TC. Promises preliminary figures from Daniel Haring.
10/17/1912 1
Box.FF 1.12
F.H. Van Allen to Louis H. Sullivan.
TC. Announces Haring will be general contractor.
02/03/1913 1
Box.FF 1.12
F.H. Van Allen to Louis H. Sullivan.
TC. Forwards payment; requests revisions to Franklin Co. cut and written description of building for newspaper article.
03/21/1913 1
Box.FF 1.12
F.H. Van Allen to Louis H. Sullivan.
TC. Promises accountant review.
11/25/1914 1
Box.FF 1.12
F.H. Van Allen to Louis H. Sullivan.
TC. Requests cooperation with Mr. Crocker for article in American Architect.
11/18/1918 1

MISCELLANEOUS CORRESPONDENCE:
Box.FF 1.13
F.H. Shaver, Peoples Savings Bank, to John D. Van Allen & Son.
TC signed. Recommends Louis Sullivan for proposed building project.
09/29/1910 1
Box.FF 1.13
Frank H. Stowell, engineer and contractor, to John D. Van Allen.
TC signed. Offers services as architect and/or builder.
03/22/1911 1
Box.FF 1.13
K.D. Slocum, electrical contractor, to Van Allen Realty Co.
ALS. Certifies wiring and electrical equipment for 2 years.
08/24/1914 1






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SERIES II: MISCELLANEOUS



CALCULATIONS AND STATEMENTS:
Box.FF 1.14
Cubic contents of Van Allen Building, revised.
Manuscript.
03/04/1912 1
Box.FF 1.14
Estimated cost of building.
Manuscript.
10/01/1912 1
Box.FF 1.14
Estimated cost of vaults.
Manuscript.
10/01/1912 1
Box.FF 1.14
Possible eliminations.
Manuscript.
10/01/1912 1
Box.FF 1.14
Statement of construction cost.
TC. On Van Allen Realty Co. letterhead.
04/01/1915 1
Box.FF 1.14
Balanced statement of account with Louis H. Sullivan.
TC. On Van Allen Realty Co. letterhead.
04/01/1915 1

PRODUCT INFORMATION:
Box.FF 1.15
Postcard form to request information from Minnesota Manufacturers' Association.
Printed paper.
c.1913 1
Box.FF 1.15
"Gravity Spiral Chutes and Their Usefulness in Your Business," Minnesota Manufacturers' Association.
Brochure.
c.1913 1

NOTES:
Box.FF 1.15
"S.H. Knox Co/603 Railway Exchange/Chicago," note.
Manuscript. On lined paper.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.15
Note.
Manuscript. Regarding electical specifications.
n.d. 1






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SERIES III: PHOTOGRAPHS AND DRAWINGS



PHOTOGRAPHS:
Box.FF 1.16
Construction view, iron framing in situ.
Black and white photographic print. AIC neg. E18964
c.1913 2
Box.FF 1.16
Construction view, brickwork beginning on fourth level.
Black and white photographic print.
c.1914 1
Box.FF 1.16
Construction view, first level covered in building paper and advertising posters.
Black and white photographic prints.
c.1914 2
Box.FF 1.16
Exterior view of completed building, with Christmas decorations.
Black and white photographic print.
c.12/1923 1
OP 1
Exterior view of completed building, with Christmas decorations.
Black and white photographic print. 28 x 35.5 cm.
c.12/1923 1
REST
Construction view, iron framing in situ.
Glass plate negatives. These items are restricted. Patrons are requested to use the copy print in Box 1, Folder 16. AIC neg. 18964
c.1913 2
REST
Construction view, brickwork beginning on fourth level.
Glass plate negative. This item is restricted. Patrons are requested to use the copy print in Box 1, Folder 16.
c.1914 1
REST
Construction view, first level covered in building paper and advertising posters.
Glass plate negative. This item is restricted. Patrons are requested to use the copy print in Box 1, Folder 16.
c.1914 1
REST
Exterior view of completed building, with Christmas decorations.
Glass plate negative. This item is restricted. Patrons are requested to use the copy print in Oversize portfolio 1.
c.12/1923 1
Box.FF 1.16
Exterior and interior views.
Color photographic prints.
c.1980s 37

DRAWINGS:
Flatf. 62.3
Perspective rendering.
Watercolor on paper. Homer Sailor, renderer. Gift of Elizabeth K. Van Allen Trust, 2012.
n.d. 1
Flatf. 62.9
Design drawings.
Diazotypes Includes plan of mezzanine, 2nd, 3rd, 4th floors; exterior elevations; and details of entrance vestibule.
10/24/1912, n.d. 5







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