Avery Drawings & Archives Collections
 

Lever House architectural drawings, 1950-1953

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 6104671 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Bunshaft, Gordon, 1909-1990 ; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill ; Weiskoff & Pickworth ; De Blois, Natalie, 1921-2013 ; Jaros Baum & Bolles
Title Lever House architectural drawings, 1950-1953
Physical Description 60 drawings
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

General architectural sheets are stored in numerical order, Index Sheet followed by A-1 through A-53; followed by Arcade architectural sheets, A-1 through A-3; and one unnumbered furniture sheet.

Description

Scope and Content

Collection consists of sixty original architectural and furniture drawings for Lever House in New York City, drawn between 1950 and 1952. Most sheet are graphite on paper, with a smaller group of sepia diazo prints with extensive graphite annotations. All sheets were treated by a paper conservator and are now encapsulated in polyester film.

General Note

In 1980, Lever House was awarded the 25-Year Award by the American Institute of Architects, prompting the donation of these drawings to Columbia University

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 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

Lever House architectural drawings, 1950-1953. Located in Columbia University, Avery Archiectural & Fine Arts Library, Department of Drawings & Archives.

Related Material

Gordon Bunshaft architectural drawings and papers, 1909-1990 (bulk 1950-1979). Dept. 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

Processing Information

Drawings Processed ET, AvR 03/06/07.

Revision Description

2007-11-27 File created.

2009-11-17 File revised.

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

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Architectural drawings -- American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Architecture -- United States -- Designs and plans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Commercial buildings -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lever House (New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Lever House, one of the major landmarks of International Style architecture, was designed by Gordon Bunshaft, of the the New York office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Sited along Park Avenue between 53rd and 54th Streets in New York City, the building was completed in 1952. Weiskoff & Pickworth were the structural engineers and Jaros Baum & Bolles were the mechanical engineers.

Series I: Architectural Drawings

Folder 1 Index Sheet 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 1: Sheet A-1 Plot Plan 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 1: Sheet A-2 Sub-Cellar Plan 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 1: Sheet A-3 Cellar Plan 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 1: Sheet A-4 First Floor 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 1: Sheet A-5 Second Floor 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 1: Sheet A-6 Third Floor 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 1: Sheet A-7 Fourth Floor 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 1: Sheet A-8 Fifth and Sixth Floors 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 1: Sheet A-9 Seventh and Eighth Floors 1950 Jul 01

Reverse sepia print with graphite annotations

Folder 1: Sheet A-10 Ninth and Tenth Floors 1950 Jul 01

Reverse sepia print with graphite annotations

Folder 2: Sheet A-11 Eleventh and Twelfth Floors 1950 Jul 01

Reverse sepia print with graphite annotations

Folder 2: Sheet A-12 Thirteenth and Fourteenth Floors 1950 Jul 01

Reverse sepia print with graphite annotations

Folder 2: Sheet A-13 Fifteenth and Sixteenth Floors 1950 Jul 01

Reverse sepia print with graphite annotations

Folder 2: Sheet A-14 Seventeenth and Eighteenth Floors 1950 Jul 01

Reverse sepia print with graphite annotations

Folder 2: Sheet A-15 Nineteenth and Twentieth Floors 1950 Jul 01

Reverse sepia print with graphite annotations

Folder 2: Sheet A-16 Twenty-First Floor 1950 Jul 01

Reverse sepia print with graphite annotations

Folder 2: Sheet A-17 Twenty-Second Floor, Elevator Machine Room and Roof Plan 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 2: Sheet A-18 East 53rd St. and Park Ave. Elevations 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 2: Sheet A-19 East 54th St. and West Elevations 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 2: Sheet A-20 Longitudinal and Cross Sections 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 3: Sheet A-21 Detail of Stair No. 1 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 3: Sheet A-22 Detail of Stair No. 2 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 3: Sheet A-23 Detail of Stair No. 3 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 3: Sheet A-24 Fire Tower Balconies and Stair Details 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 3: Sheet A-25 Detail of Elevator Shafts 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 3: Sheet A-26 Elevator Lobbies and Mail Conveyor 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 3: Sheet A-27 Exterior Wall Sections 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 3: Sheet A-28 Exterior Wall Sections 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 3: Sheet A-29 Window Details Sheet No. 1 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 3: Sheet A-30 Window Details Sheet No. 2 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 4: Sheet A-31 Window Details Sheet No. 3 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 4: Sheet A-32 Service Area Sheet No. 1 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 4: Sheet A-33 Service Area Sheet No. 2 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 4: Sheet A-34 Service Area Sheet No. 3 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 4: Sheet A-35 Door and Buck Details 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 4: Sheet A-36 Toilet Room Layouts 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 4: Sheet A-37 Louver Details 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 4: Sheet A-38 First Floor Lobby Sheet No. 1 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 4: Sheet A-39 First Floor Lobby Sheet No. 2 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 4: Sheet A-40 Detail of Marble & Granite Walls 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 5: Sheet A-41 Kitchen & Cafeteria Layout - Third Floor 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 5: Sheet A-42 Details of Third Floor Dining Area 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 5: Sheet A-43 Miscellaneous Wall Details 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 5: Sheet A-44 Miscellaneous Details Sheet No. 1 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 5: Sheet A-45 Miscellaneous Details Sheet No. 2 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 5: Sheet A-46 Miscellaneous Details Sheet No. 3 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 5: Sheet A-47 Cellar Plan Alternate "B" 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 5: Sheet A-48 Window Details Sheet No. 1 Alternate "C" 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 5: Sheet A-49 Window Details Sheet No. 2 Alternate "C" 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 5: Sheet A-50 Window Details Sheet No. 3 Alternate "C" 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 6: Sheet A-51 Assembly Hall, SPRY Kitchen and Foyer 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 6: Sheet A-51-1 Plan - First Floor Assembly Hall and Demonstration Kitchen 1951 Sep 12

Reverse sepia print with graphite annotations

Folder 6: Sheet A-51-2 Elevations - First Floor Assembly Hall and Demonstration Kitchen 1951 Sep 12

Reverse sepia print with graphite annotations

Folder 6: Sheet A-52 Screen Partition and Counter Details 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 6: Sheet A-53 Typical Detail of Screen Part. 4 to 20 Floor 1950 Jul 01

Graphite on paper

Folder 6: Sheet A-1 First Floor Arcade Sculpture 1953 Aug 26

Sepia diazo print with graphite annotations

Folder 6: Sheet A-2 Details of Arcade Sculpture and Planting Boxes 1953 Aug 26

Graphite on paper

Folder 6: Sheet A-3 Details of Display Cases, Window Seats, Planting Boxes, Drinking Fountain and Etc. 1953 Aug 26

Graphite on paper

Folder 6 Details of Lobby Furniture undated

Graphite on paper