|Avery Drawings & Archives Collections|
At a Glance
The collection is made up of three series: Professional Papers, Halle Building System, and Architectural Drawings.
Scope and Content
This collection consists primarily of writings, correspondences, research material, patent documents and architectural drawings of Halle's devoted career in developing ways to reduce the cost of building and housing construction. Dated from 1950 to 1992, the material is arranged into three series: Professional Papers, Halle Building System, and Architectural Drawings.
This series is comprised of documents related to his writings, research, and his involvement and contribution to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Division of National Institute of Building Science (NIBS), primarily on the topic of reducing the building cost through building components and system.
The series includes his research and correspondence on prefabrication as a basis of a building method, the patent documents of US and abroad, and the company records of the Halle Building System Company Inc.
The series contains his architectural drawings pertaining to the research, projects and correspondence in the previous two series. The majority was co-created with Pedersen & Tilney as consulting architects and Severud-Elstad-Krueger-Associates as consulting engineers, these structural drawings illustrated the design and development of his building system.
Using the Collection
Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library
Restrictions on Access
This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Restrictions on Use
Columbia University is providing access to the materials in the Library's 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 Columbia University is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For additional guidance, see Columbia University Libraries' publication policy.
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Roger Halle papers and architectural drawings, 1943-1992, Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library
This collection was processed by Chialin Chou (Archives Intern), under the supervision of Shelley Hayreh, Avery Archivist, in 2013.
2013-09-06 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Roger Halle was born in 1919. He studied architecture at Princeton University and worked under several architects including Edward Durrell Stone and Wallace K. Harrison during the late 1940's. While with Harrison and Abramovitz, he helped produce the design for the United Nations Secretariat building. Halle later started his own firm as a research architect in New York City and Caracas, Venezuela, focusing his career on reducing the cost of construction by implementing prefabricated modules and building systems. He held 12 patents in the United States and abroad related to the method of building, which constituted what was introduced in 1964 as the Halle Building System.
In May 1972, Halle incorporated Halle Building System Company Inc., with the primary purpose to provide consulting or design services related to the construction of buildings and their components, in particular to system or industrialized building.
The architect gave talks and lectures on reducing building and housing costs, participated in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) held conferences, and was a member on the Technology Division of National Institute of Building Science (NIBS) where he prepared and proposed research plans for the Housing Technology Research Agenda. Halle also published many articles in several publication including
Halle died in 1993 at the age of 74.