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New York State Capitol competition drawings and construction photographs, 1866-1870

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 3460559 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Burger, Louis ; Haines, E. S. M, (Photographer) ; Latham, Obadiah B ; New York State Capitol (Albany, N.Y.) ; Adams & Worthen ; Fuller & Gilman ; Schulze & Schoen ; Fuller & Laver ; New York (State). Capitol Commission ; Haines & Wickes
Title New York State Capitol competition drawings and construction photographs, 1866-1870
Physical Description 39 items
Language(s) English .
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Electronic inventory is available in the Dept. of Drawings and Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library.

Access

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Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is organized in two series: Competition Drawings and Construction Photographs.

Description

Scope and Content

Included in this collection are nineteen albumen photographs and one lithographic print of architectural drawings submitted by architects for the competition to design the New York State Capitol building in Albany, circa 1866-1870. Competing architects and architectural firms represented here include Adams & Worthen, Louis Burger, Fuller & Gilman, Fuller & Laver, Schulze & Schoen, and several unidentified architects. Of note are drawings for the New York State Capitol by Louis Burger and Schulze & Schoen bearing inscriptions to Obadiah B. Latham, a member of the Capitol Commission. Also included are nine photographs showing construction in progress on the Capitol between July and September, 1869. Photographs of competition drawings by Schulze & Schoen for the Iowa Capitol, the New York Post Office, and the New York Life Insurance Company Building, as well as an unsigned drawing of the Ohio Capitol building are additionally part of this collection. Several of the images are labeled by the photographer E.S.M. Haines, also practicing as Haines & Wickes, in Albany, New York.

Nearly all competition drawings show a three-quarter view emphasizing the main entrance on the east façade , which faces the Hudson River and is the loftiest part pf the building. The land rises as one proceeds along the north and south sides to the west façade.

Using the Collection

Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Other Finding Aids

Electronic inventory is available in the Dept. of Drawings and Archives, 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 avery-drawings@library.columbia.edu.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Permission to publish must be obtained in writing from the Director, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, 1172 Amsterdam Ave., MC 0301, New York, NY 10027.

Preferred Citation

New York State Capitol competition drawings and construction photographs. Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Herbert Mitchell, Rare Books LIbrarian, Avery Library, circa 1979.

Revision Description

2007-10-31 File created.

2009-07-16 File revised.

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

Subject Headings

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Notes

Adams & Worthen, architects and engineers, N.Y.C.

Julius W. Adams (fl. 1866- ) and William W. Worthen (fl. 1865- ). Only Worthen is listed in Wilson's New York Business Directory for 1865/1866. In the 1866/1867 volume, they are both listed at 128 Broadway. In Trow's New York Directory for 1867/1868, Adams still appears at 128 Broadway, while Worthen has moved to 482 Broadway. In Wilson's New York Business Directory for 1868/1869, Worthen still appears at 482 Broadway, but Adams is listed at 63 Williams St. Both men are classified as civil engineers in the directories.

Paul Schulze (circa 1827-1897) and Paul F. Schoen (fl. 1866- ).

Neither Schulze nor Schoen appears in Wilson's New York Business Directory for 1865/1866. In the volume for 1866/1867, Paul F. Schoen is listed but not Schulze. In Trow's New York Directory for 1867/1868, both are listed, although not as a partnership, at 88 Wall St. In Wilson's New York Business Directory for 1868/1869, they are listed as partners at 88 Wall St.

Series I: Competition Photographs

Box 1: Item 1 "The New Capitol at Albany. Elevation of 23-bay façade.", 1 item (Size: 164 x 228mm; 216 x 317mm, mounted) 1865-1866

Image of unsigned watercolor drawing. Inscribed on mount "Adams & Worthen Archts & Engrs 128 Broadway.

Box 1: Item 2 Intended new Capitol Building. Perspective view., 1 item (Size: 205 x 380mm; 343 x 533mm, mounted) 186-

Image of unsigned watercolor drawing. Inscribed on mount "To the Honorable O. B. Latham from is Obedt. Servant Louis Berger Architect."

Box 1: Item 3 New York State Capitol. Intended new Capitol building. Perspective view., 1 item (Size: 64 x 121mm, top corners rounded; 118 x 184mm, mounted) 186-

Image of unsigned watercolor drawing. Identical to previous entry.

Box 1: Item 4 The New Capitol at Albany, N.Y. Perspective view., 1 item (Size: 244 x 368mm; 356 x 455mm on publisher's printed mount) 186-

Photographed from the original plan adopted. Image of signed watercolor drawing. Printed on mount "Haines Photo.r Albany."

Box 1: Item 5 The New Capitol at Albany, N.Y. Perspective view., 1 item (Size: 258 x 375mm; 364 x 466mm, mounted) 186-

A different photograph of number 4, showing the drawing in an unfinished state, added in no. 4 are a staircase on either side of the main entrance, 2 urns and a sculptural group above the pediment at the main entrance and many people; deleted from no. 4 is a partial view of one of the mansard domes at the rear (i.e. west façade) of the building.

Box 1: Item 6 New State Capitol at Albany. Plan of principal floor., 1 item (Size: 407 x 311 mm; 562 x 460mm, mounted) 186-

Image of unsigned ink and wash drawing. Seems to correspond exactly to nos. 4 and 5.

Box 1: Item 7 New State Capitol at Albany. Plan of gallery floor., 1 item (Size: 409 x 313 mm; 562 x 471 mm, mounted) 186-

Image of unsigned ink and wash drawing. Seems to correspond exactly to nos. 4 and 5.

Box 1: Item 8 The New Capitol at Albany, N.Y. Perspective view., 1 item (Size: 275 x 378mm, without margins.) 186-

Printed from "The Architect" January 1, 1870. Signed E. Pocock, Architect. Jan 1, 1870." Printed by W. W. Sprague & Company, London, E. C." Augustus Laver (1834-1898).

Box 1: Item 9 Study for the New Capitol at Albany. Perspective view., 1 item (Size: 213 x 306mm; 342 x 436mm, mounted) 186-

Image of signed watercolor drawing. Signed Schulze & Schoen Archts 88 Wall St. N.Y." Four-floor project, no basement floor.

Box 1: Item 10 The New Capitol at Albany. Perspective view., 1 item (Size: 101 x 142 cm; 291 x 376mm, mounted) 186-

Image of signed watercolor drawing. Signed "Schulze & Schoen Archts N.Y." Four-floor project, close to no. 9, but with considerable variation in details.

Box 1: Item 11 The New Capitol at Albany. Perspective view., 1 item (Size: 257 x 338 mm; 48 x 421mm, mounted) 186-

Image of signed watercolor drawing. Signed "Schulze & Schoen Archts 88 Wall St. N.Y." Five-floor project (incl. basement floor); staircase leading to main entrance on first floor, underneath staircase, a carriageway leading to basement entrance.

Box 1: Item 12 The New Capitol at Albany. Perspective view., 1 item (Size: 184 x 263mm; 235 x 317mm, mounted) 186-

Image of signed (in the negative) watercolor drawing. Signed "Schulze & Schoen Archts 88 Wall St. N.Y." Five-floor project; close to no. 11, but with considerable variation in details.

Box 1: Item 13 Design for the New Capitol at Albany, N.Y. Plan of basement., 1 item (Size: 184 x 263mm; 235 x 317mm, mounted) 186-

Image of signed ink and wash drawing. Signed "Schulze & Schoen, architects." Corresponds closely to Scheme no. 11, however with variations in the main entrance portico.

Box 1: Item 14 Design for the New Capitol at Albany, N.Y. Plan of first floor., 1 item (Size: 316 x 255mm; 559 x 356mm, mounted) 186-

Image of signed ink and wash drawing. Signed "Schulze & Schoen, architects." Corresponds closely to Scheme no. 11, however with variations in the main entrance portico.

Box 1: Item 15 Design for the New Capitol at Albany, N.Y. Plan of second floor., 1 item (Size: 293 x 221mm; 560 x 356mm, mounted) 186-

Image of signed ink and wash drawing. Signed "Schulze & Schoen, architects." Corresponds closely to Scheme no. 11, however with variations in the main entrance portico.

Box 1: Item 16 Design for the New Capitol at Albany, N.Y. Plan of third floor., 1 item (Size: 295 x 223mm; 559 x 356mm, mounted) 186-

Image of signed ink and wash drawing. Signed "Schulze & Schoen, architects." Corresponds closely to Scheme no. 11, however with variations in the main entrance portico.

Box 1: Item 17 State Capitol, Albany, N.Y. Perspective view., 1 item (Size: 133 x 214mm; 205 x 255mm, mounted) 186-

Image of unsigned watercolor drawing. Four-floor project (incl. basement) whose most conspicuous feature is a several-story setback structure with a square mansard dome that rises from the center of the building.

Box 1: Item 18 The New Capitol at Albany. Perspective view emphasising the north façade., 1 item (Size: 268 x 437mm (arched); 347 x 552mm, mounted.) 186-

Image of unsigned watercolor drawing. The four-floor project (incl. basement) with main entrance and portico on the north façade instead of on the east as in all the other designs. A large masonry terrace with arched passageways is attached to the east facade in the present project. A high, rather narrow dome and drum rises above the main entrance.

Box 1: Item 19 The New Capitol at Albany. Perspective view., 1 item (Size: 195 x 266mm; 263 x 350mm, mounted) 186-

Image of unsigned watercolor drawing. Five-floor project (incl. basement), rather close to no. 18, but with considerable variation in details and lacking the large terrace.

Box 1: Item 20 The New Capitol at Albany. Perspective view., 1 item (Size: 231 x 356mm; 334 x 453mm, mounted) 186-

Image of unsigned watercolor drawing. Four floors and a low basement floor. The cornice and roof level is virtually flat and unbroken throughout, except for a tall spire that rises above the main entrance.

Series 2: Construction Photographs

Box 1: Item 21 Condition of the Work on the New Capitol, at Albany. N.Y., 2 items 1869 Jul 07

Photograph no. 1. Image taken at 9:30am.

Box 1: Item 22 Condition of the Work on the New Capitol, at Albany. N.Y., 1 item 1869 Jul 07

Photograph no. 1. Image taken at 9:30am.

Box 1: Item 23 Condition of the Work on the New Capitol, at Albany. N.Y., 1 item 1869 Jul 07

Photograph no. 1. Image taken at 9:45am. [sic]

Box 1: Item 24 Condition of the Work on the New Capitol, at Albany. N.Y., 1 item 1869 Aug 07

Photograph no. 2. Image taken at 11:55am.

Box 1: Item 25 Condition of the Work on the New Capitol, at Albany. N.Y., 1 item 1869 Aug 07

Photograph no. 2. Image taken at 11:45am. [sic]

Box 1: Item 26 Condition of the Work on the New Capitol, at Albany. N.Y., 1 item 1869 Aug 12

Photograph no. 3. Image taken at 11:55am.

Box 1: Item 27 Condition of the Work on the New Capitol, at Albany. N.Y., 1 item 1869 Aug 12

Photograph no. 3. Image taken at 11:55am.

Box 1: Item 28 Condition of the Work on the New Capitol, at Albany. N.Y., 1 item 1869 Sep 06

Photograph no. 4. Image taken at 12:00 pm.

Box 1: Item 29 Condition of the Work on the New Capitol, at Albany. N.Y., 1 item 1869 Sep 06

Photograph no. 5. Image taken at 1:10 pm.

Box 1: Item 30 Condition of the Work on the New Capitol, at Albany. N.Y., 1 item 1869 Sep 06

Photograph no. 6. Image taken at 1:45 pm.

Box 1: Item 31 Condition of the Work on the New Capitol, at Albany. N.Y., 1 item 1869 Sep 06

Photograph no. 7. Image taken at 2:00 pm.

Box 1: Item 32 Condition of the Work on the New Capitol, at Albany. N.Y., 1 item 1869 Sep 06

Photograph no. 8. Image taken at 2:15 pm.

Box 1: Item 33 Condition of the Work on the New Capitol, at Albany. N.Y., 1 item 1869 Sep 28

Photograph no. 8. Image taken at 2:50 pm.