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Roger Halle papers and architectural drawings, 1943-1992

Summary Information

Abstract

Roger Halle (1919-1993), a research architect who devoted his professional practice to reducing the cost of construction. After receiving a graduate degree in architecture from Princeton University, he worked for several architectural firms; and.later started his own practice in New York City and Caracas, Venezuela. Halle held 12 patents in 17 countries for his work. In 1964, he introduced the Halle Building System, and in 1972 he established Halle Building System Company Inc. He wrote many articles to promote his ideas on how to build more with less cost and was published in several publication including Architecture & Engineering News, Progressive Architecture, and The New York Times. He also gave talks and lectures at Princeton University, New York Institute of Technology and HUD-NIBS Conference.

At a Glance

Bib ID 10450651 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Halle, Roger, 1919-1993 ; Pedersen, William F., 1908-1990 ; Pedersen & Tilney architects
Title Roger Halle papers and architectural drawings, 1943-1992
Physical Description 11 document boxes; 2 print boxes; 16 rolls
Language(s) English .
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 avery-drawings@library.columbia.edu.

Arrangement

Arrangement

The collection is made up of three series: Professional Papers, Halle Building System, and Architectural Drawings.

Description

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.

Series I: Professional Papers

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.

Series II: Halle Building 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.

Series III: Architectural Drawings

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.

Publication Date

1943-1992

Using the Collection

Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Restrictions on Access

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Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

Roger Halle papers and architectural drawings, 1943-1992, Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number--1999.004.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Chialin Chou (Archives Intern), under the supervision of Shelley Hayreh, Avery Archivist, in 2013.

Revision Description

2013-09-06 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Subject

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Architecture -- United States -- Designs and plans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Buildings, Prefabricated Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Housing -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Prefabricated houses -- Design and construction Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Department of Housing and Urban Development Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biography

Roger Halle was born in 1919. He studied architecture at Princeton University and worked under several architects including Edward Durell 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 Architecture & Engineering News, Progressive Architecture, and The New York Times, and was closely involved in the preservation of the Halle Ravine and other nature preserves in Pound Ridge, N.Y. as well as a founding trustee of the Lower Hudson chapter of the Nature Conservancy.

Halle died in 1993 at the age of 74.

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Series I: Professional Papers



Box 1 Folder 1 Writings & Talks, General, 1956 to 1986

List and copies of the articles and talks, primarily on industrialization of the building process



Box 1 Folder 2 Writings & Talks, "The Halle System of Building - Description", 1964 Oct

Article inProgressive Architecture;includes the original magazine and 5 reprints



Box 1 Folder 3 Writings & Talks, "Systems: Basis For An Integrated Building Industry", 1965 Sept

Article inArchitecture & Engineering News;includes 38 copies of the reprints



Box 1 Folder 4 Writings & Talks, Garage Semi-Prototype (Straus Garage), 1967 Jun

Article inArchitecture & Engineering News;includes reprints, 1 album and 10 photographs



Box 1 Folder 5 Writings & Talks, "The Potential of Steel in System Building", 1967 Nov

Talk at Building Research Institute (Washington, D.C.); contains 8 copies of transcripts and 3 copies ofCatalog of Parts - Structure



Box 1 Folder 6 Writings & Talks, Talk at School of Architecture, Princeton University, 1969 May, Dec

Correspondence and texts



Box 1 Folder 7 Writings & Talks, "The Disadvantages of Mobile Homes"; "The Disadvantages of Modular Houses", 1974 Oct

Includes "Home Owners Taken For A Ride - Mobile Home" by Robert Cassidy forThe New York Times



Box 1 Folder 8 Writings & Talks, Introductory Remarks to NYIT Classes, 1975 to 1976

5 copies of the texts



Box 1 Folder 9 Writings & Talks, Articles in The New York Times, 1976, 1981,1986

Includes Letters to the Editor, "To Revive Stalled Housing Starts" and the Op-Ed Page



Box 1 Folder 10 Writings & Talks, "On Building Much More Housing at Much Less Cost", 1980 to 1981, 85

Includes the original version in Sep and Dec, 1980, the talk version at NYIT in 1981 and the addendum "Total Building Systems - Why Not Before Now"



Box 1 Folder 11 Writings & Talks, "Only New Ways Can Build More Housing", 1981

Talk at HUD-NIBS Conference (Orlando, FL); full version and draft



Box 1 Folder 12 Writings & Talks, "Housing for All", 1986 Apr

Article inNational Building News,includes original newspapers and photocopies



Box 1 Folder 13 to 16 Writings & Talks, Correspondence (4 Folders), 1963 to 1985

WithArchitectural & Engineering News, Architectural News, Progressive Architecture, The Architecture Forum, The Architectural Record, The Reader's Digest, The New York Times, The Wall Street JournalandFortune Magazine



Box 1 Folder 17 Notes, Sketches and Drawings, [1959]

3 drawings of various projects and 4 Photostats of course work at Princeton



Box 1 Folder 18 Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Operation Breakthrough RFP [1 of 4], 1969

Application of Improved Housing Systems Concepts for Large Volume Production



Drawer 202 Folder 1 HUD, Operation Breakthrough RFP [2 of 4], 1969

Final booklet of the Application, and a print of the trademark



Box 1 Folder 19 HUD, Operation Breakthrough RFP [3 of 4], 1971 to 1974

Includes Robertson Ward Jr. article in 1971 Mar AIA Journal: "Breakthrough?", "Where I Stand" article in 1972 MayArchitectural Newsand correspondence with the Industrialization Forum at Harvard GSD



Box 2 Folder 1 to 3 HUD, Operation Breakthrough RFP [4 of 4] (3 folders), 1969 to 1972

Correspondence with Department of Housing and Urban Development



Box 2 Folder 4 to 6 HUD, Correspondence (3 Folders), 1977 to 1988



Box 2 Folder 7 HUD, "Some Thoughts on Research and Technology at HUD", 1977 to 1979

Texts, HUD User Research Information brochures, HUD publication: "Earth Sheltered Housing: Code, Zoning and Financial Issues," drafts of unsolicited proposal and the correspondence with William J. White



Box 2 Folder 8 to 9 HUD, Cost of Housing Task Force (2 Folders), 1977 to 1979

Correspondence, meeting minutes, press release, final report, texts and research articles



Box 2 Folder 10 HUD, "On Lowering the Cost of Housing", 1978 to 1981

Proposals for action and comments before HUD Cost of Housing Task Force



Box 2 Folder 11 National Institute of Building Science (NIBS), Print Material, 1974 to 1985

Organizational brochures, magazine clippings and report to the President booklets



Box 2 Folder 12 NIBS, Correspondence, 1982 to 1983



Box 2 Folder 13 NIBS, Residential Technology Conference, 1981 to 1982

Notes, committee meeting minutes and questionnaire



Box 3 Folder 1 to 4 NIBS, Consultative Council (4 Folders), 1981 to 1987

Membership certificates, communication letters, memorandums to Technology Division members, newsletters and directories



Box 3 Folder 5 to 8 NIBS, Housing Technology Research Agenda (4 Folders), 1982 to 1984

Correspondence, memorandum, research plan and proposals, draft and final version of status and reports, presentation, drafts and final version of "Federal Government Role in Housing Technology Research: Responses to a Sampling of Building Community Viewpoints"



Box 3 Folder 9 to 11 Research, Building System [1 of 2] (3 folders), 1961 to 1970

Material and publication on modular system, prefabrication, school buildings, steel buildings and Hills Dry Building System



Drawer 202 Folder 2 Research, Building System [2 of 2], 1961 to 1970

Hills Dry Building System Section 2 Standard Drawing



Box 3 Folder 12 Research, Technology, 1976 to 1987

Office of Technology Report, NASA Publication, articles and newspaper clippings



Box 3 Folder 13 Research, Labor and Construction Cost, 1970 to 1980

Dept. of Labor Statistics booklet, other articles and construction cost report by Nielsen, Wurster & Assoc, Inc



Box 4 Folder 1 Research, Organizations, 1978 to 1981

Information of American enterprise Institute, Brookings Institution, Ford Foundation, Building Research Council, AIA Research Corporation, National Science Foundation



Box 4 Folder 2 to 4 Research, Housing (3 Folders), 1982 to 1992

Housing Act of 1968, US General Accounting Office 1982 Report, housing cost data, housing starts, smart housing and housing in Japan



Box 4 Folder 5 Research, Articles & Clippings, 1954 to 1984

Includes "A Modern School" by Abraham Flexner, "Behind the Scene and Under The Rug" by Howard E. Shuman, articles about Geo W.W. Brewster, andProfilemagazine



Box 4 Folder 6 to 12 Research, Vendors and Products [1 of 2] (7 folders), 1964 to 1981

Information about structure, building components & material, insulations, panels, partitions, gasketing and extrusion



Box 5 Folder 1 to 3 Research, Vendors and Products [2 of 2] (3 folders), 1964 to 1981

Information about structure, building components & material, insulations, panels, partitions, gasketing and extrusion



Box 5 Folder 4 to 6 Correspondence (3 Folders), 1975 to 1987

With Office of The President, US Senate, US Congress Subcommittee on Housing & Urban Development, Office of Technology Assessment, etc.

Series II: Halle Building System



Box 5 Folder 7 to 9 Prefabrication, General Research (3 Folders), 1943 to 1991

Notes, articles, cost, prospective manufacturers and investors



Box 5 Folder 10 Prefabrication, International Competition for the Design of Industrially Fabricated Dwelling, 1966 to 1967

European Coal and Steel Community; contains correspondence, 10 Photostat negatives and 8 positives of the entry on boards



Box 6 Folder 1 Prefabrication, Post Office Department, 1967 to 1969

Correspondence, drawings, bidding research and information



Box 6 Folder 2 to 3 Prefabrication, Presentation (2 Folders), undated

Draft of "A Basis for a Method of Building". Contains 2 photos, 3 films, 13 photos of model and 20 display boards



Box 6 Folder 4 to 5 Prefabrication, Correspondence - Capital Structure Inc. (2 Folders), 1971 to 1976



Box 6 Folder 6 Prefabrication, Correspondence - John W. Straus, 1965 to 1975

About the Straus Garage



Box 6 Folder 7 Prefabrication, Correspondence - McKee, Berger, Mansueto, Inc., 1968 to 1976

Contains cost reports



Box 6 Folder 8 to 13 Prefabrication, Correspondence - Great Britain (6 Folders), 1952 to 1972

With Minister of Education, Minister of Public Building & Works, Minister of Health, The Modular Society Ltd., British Constructional Steel Work Association, Hills Ltd., etc; also includes 2 photos and negatives, articles fromRIBA Journal, Architect's JournalandArchitectural Review



Box 7 Folder 1 to 4 Prefabrication, Correspondence - U.S. Government (4 Folders), 1954 to 1973

Includes Executive Office of the President, Congress, House of Representatives, Dept. of Health, Education & Welfare, Dept. of Commerce, Dept. of Post Office, Dept. of Defense and Dept. of Housing and Urban Development



Box 7 Folder 5 to 13 Prefabrication, Correspondence, Etc. [1 of 2] ( 9 folders), 1949 to 1975

With Educational Facilities Labs, Inc., New York State Council on Architecture, New York State Urban Development Corp. and some international entities in Canada, Italy, West Germany and France



Box 8 Folder 1 to 10 Prefabrication, Correspondence, Etc. [2 of 2] (10 folders), 1960 to 1980

With Building Research Institute, Building Research Advisory Board, Battelle Columbus Laborites, Holiday Inns, Inc., Keene Corporation and miscellaneous



Box 8 Folder 11 Patent Work, General, List of Patents, 1968, 1972



Box 8 Folder 12 Patent Work, General, Foreign, 1949 to 1972

Tax payment notice and applications



Box 8 Folder 13 Patent Work, Irrelevant Citation or For Abandoned Applications, 1961



Box 9 Folder 1 to 2 Patent Work, Patents Cited (2 Folders), 1952 to 1962



Box 9 Folder 3 to 8 Patent Work, Docket 1628: Methods of Building (6 Folders), 1961

Drafts, application, correspondence, original drawings and Photostat negatives



Box 9 Folder 9 to 10 Patent Work, Docket 2528: Proposed Divisional Applications of Original US Serial No. 363,021 (2 Folders), 1961

Application, correspondence and Photostats



Box 9 Folder 11 Patent Work, Docket 2924: Connecting Means for Structural Elements, 1954 to 1961

Applications and correspondence



Box 9 Folder 12 to 15 Patent Work, Docket 2991: Connection of Structural Elements in the Art of Building [1 of 2] (4 folders), 1960 to 1973

Letter Patent, Patent documents, applications and correspondence. Countries include: US, Canada, UK, West Germany, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Japan, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Yugoslavia, Argentina, Israel, Austria and Russia



Box 10 Folder 1 to 7 Patent Work, Docket 2991: Connection of Structural Elements in the Art of Building [2 of 2] (7 folders), 1960 to 1973

Letter Patent, Patent documents, applications and correspondence. Countries include: US, Canada, UK, West Germany, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Japan, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Yugoslavia, Argentina, Israel, Austria and Russia



Box 10 Folder 8 Patent Work, Docket 4163: Connecting Means for Structural Elements, 1961 to 1973

Patent document, application and correspondence. Countries include: US and UK



Box 10 Folder 9 Patent Work, Docket 4211: Window Structures for Buildings, 1961 to 1964

Applications and correspondence. Countries include: US and UK



Box 10 Folder 10 Patent Work, Docket 4212: Door Structures for Buildings, 1961 to 1964

Applications and correspondence. Countries include: US and UK



Box 10 Folder 11 to 12 Patent Work, Docket 4213: Beam and Column Structures for Buildings (2 Folders), 1963 to 1973

Letters Patent, Patent document, application and correspondence. Countries include: US, Canada, UK, France and West Germany



Box 11 Folder 1 to 2 Patent Work, Docket 4321: Floor Construction for Buildings (2 Folders), 1963 to 1973

Patent document, application and correspondence. Countries include: US and UK



Box 11 Folder 3 to 4 Patent Work, Docket 4880: Enclosure Structure for Buildings (2 Folders), 1961 to 1973

Letters Patent, Patent document, application and correspondence. Countries include: US, Canada, UK and France



Box 11 Folder 5 Patent Work, Docket 5651: Door and Window Structures for Buildings, 1966

Letters Patent, application and correspondence



Box 11 Folder 6 to 7 Patent Work, Docket 5911: Connection of Structural Elements in Roofs (2 Folders), 1964 to 1973

Letters Patent, Patent document, application, tax receipts and correspondence. Countries include: US, Canada, UK, France, West Germany



Box 11 Folder 8 Patent Work, Docket 6569: Trademark Design, 1966 to 1974

Original Registration, application and correspondence



Box 11 Folder 9 Building System Descriptions, 1963 to 1964

Includes clippings from 1964 OCT U.S. Progress in Preassembly



Box 11 Folder 10 Preliminary Information, 1967 to 1971

Incorporation proposal drafts



Box 11 Folder 11 to 12 Company Records (2 Folders), 1972 to 1976

Minutes & By Laws, certificates, Stock transfer ledger, correspondence, filing and operational files



Box 11 Folder 13 Photography, updated

Photograph of company trademark, 5 photographs of the system and negatives



Box 11 Folder 14 Drawings, 1971 to 1976

2 Sketches, 5 HBS drawings and 3 Singer Learning Center drawings by SMS Architects



Box 11 Folder 15 Presentation Booklets, [1972]

2 copies of each booklet of Company Presentation, Summary Description, The System. Also includes drafts and superseded pages



Box 11 Folder 16 Motel Project, 1973

Inquiries, correspondence and newspaper clippings



Box 11 Folder 17 Guidelines For Concrete Construction System, 1974 to 1976

8 copies of the guidelines, correspondence and testing report from McKee Berger Manueto, Inc.

Series III: Architectural Drawings



Roll A221.03 Original System Sketches, undated

72 sheets



Roll A221.04 A Method of Building, 1952, 1956

31 sheets



Roll A221.05 Roof Studies for A Method of Building, 1950 to 1957

74 sheets



Roll A221.06 System of Building: Barracks Building, Office-Shop Building, Office Building, 1956-58, 1972

24 sheets. Other Creators: Pedersen & Tilney, Consulting Architects; Severud-Elstad-Krueger-Associates, Consulting Engineers. Project No. 14 originally housed with Roll 15



Roll A221.07 System of Building: System A Mark I, 1958

36 sheets. Other Creators: Pedersen & Tilney, Consulting Architects; Severud-Elstad-Krueger-Associates, Consulting Engineers



Roll A221.08 System of Building: System A Mark II, 1962 to 1967

55 sheets. Other Creators: Pedersen & Tilney, Consulting Architects; Severud-Elstad-Krueger-Associates, Consulting Engineers



Roll A221.09 System of Building: Standard Details, 1964 to 1968

64 sheets. Other Creators: Pedersen & Tilney, Consulting Architects; Severud-Elstad-Krueger-Associates, Consulting Engineers



Roll A221.10 System of Building: School Series, 1968

17 sheets. Other Creators: Pedersen & Tilney, Consulting Architects; Severud-Elstad-Krueger-Associates, Consulting Engineers. Originally housed with roll 19: Montrobac School



Roll A221.11 Stapleford Toton Lane Secondary Modern School, 1963 to 1966

24 sheets. Other Creators: Pedersen & Tilney, Consulting Architects; Severud-Elstad-Krueger-Associates, Consulting Engineers. Also contains drawings for Cost Study Building (1 story and 3 stories)



Roll A221.12 Garage for John W. Straus Esq. (Pound Ridge, NY), 1964 to 1967

38 sheets. Other Creators: Pedersen & Tilney, Consulting Architects; Severud-Elstad-Krueger-Associates, Consulting Engineers



Roll A221.13 Montrobac School (Stamford, CT), 1968

12 sheets. Other Creators: Douglas Kingston, Jr. (New Canaan, CT), WmF. Pedersen Assoc. Consulting Architects, Fischer-Sadler Assoc. Consulting Engineers.



Roll A221.14 Housing - Economy Motel, Motel Unit, Hotel Unit, 1969 to 1973

25 sheets. Project No. 12 originally housed with Roll 13



Roll A221.15 Housing - Single Family House, Row House, Apartment, 1969 to 1973

20 sheets. Project No. 16 originally housed with Roll 12



Roll A221.16 Junior System, 1973 to 1974

35 sheets



Roll A222.01 Singer Learning Center, 1973

19 sheets. Primary Creator: SMS Architects.



Roll A222.02 Concrete Modules, 1974 to 1976

13 sheets