|Avery Drawings & Archives Collections|
At a Glance
Includes professional papers, photographs, slides, art, and architectural drawings.
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.
Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of Estate of Alfred Boell.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Gift of the Estate of Alfred Boell. Method of acquisition--Donated;; Date of acquisition--2003. Accession number--2003.015.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Alfred Boell graduated from the Columbia University School of Architecture in 1932. Following graduation, Boell travel to France where he was commissioned to design passenger accommodations for the Liner Normandie. Upon his return he was given the opportunity to present restoration plans for the historic Samuel D. Ingham Home in Bucks County, Pa to the home's owner Dr. M.C. Del Manzo, Provost of Teachers College Columbia University. After completion of the restoration, he entered the project into a Better Homes and Garden remodeling competition, eventually winning 1st prize. After this experience, Boell made his home in Bucks County, focusing on the restoration of many of the areas historic residences. His work can be seen throughout the county where he is celebrated for his attention to detail and imagination. His career spanned well into his 70 and included projects such as the restoration of the Dorothy Parker and Alan Campbell home as well as the complete design for Peddlers Village, both in Bucks County.