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Walter Curt Behrendt papers, 1910-1945

Summary Information

Abstract

Walter Curt Behrendt (1884-1945) was a German-American architect and an active advocate of German modernism. The collection is composed primarily of lectures and writings.

At a Glance

Bib ID 8507461 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Behrendt, Walter Curt, 1884-1945
Title Walter Curt Behrendt papers, 1910-1945
Physical Description 3 manuscript boxes
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

This collection is arranged in five series: Biographical Information, Faculty Papers, Lectures, Personal Papers, and Writings.

Description

Scope and Content

The Walter Curt Behrendt papers are composed primarily of lectures and writings.

Series I: Faculty Papers contains papers related to Behrendt's career at Dartmouth College, including attendance cards, a grade book, examinations and a proposal for a class on building types from the Middle Ages to the present. The series also includes drafts of a letter explaining how Behrendt believes architects should be educated.

Series II: Lectures contains scripts, notes and slide lists of lectures Behrendt gave at Dartmouth College, Princeton University, Wheaton College and talks he gave in Germany. Most of the lectures are annotated. The majority of the lectures deal with the development of cities, city planning, regional planning, modern architecture, housing, transportation and zoning. The lectures cover the history of architecture from antiquity through the 1940s, including Greek, Rome, the Arts and Crafts Movement, the Art Nouveau Movement, and the International Style.

Series III: Personal Papers contains two letters from the contractor W.H. Trumbull regarding the construction of Behrendt's house. It also contains a letter from J. F. Schoellkopf, Jr. regarding the National Recreation Association. The series also contains biographical information, which lists Walter Curt Behrendt's education, civil service work in Prussia and Germany, and his career after he emigrated to the US in 1934.

Series IV: Writings contains annotated manuscripts by Behrendt covering city planning, modern architecture and housing. There are essays on organic forms, Frank Lloyd Wright, Japanese houses, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the New Spirit of Building and the Origin of the Spirit of Modern Architecture. Subseries 2: Articles primarily contains articles on urban reconstruction and German architecture and architects such as, Alfred Messels, Hans Grisebach, and Hans Poelzig. Subseries 3: Book Reviews contains reviews written by Behrendt. Behrendt reviewed books by Lewis Mumford, Herman Kobbe and Henry-Russell Hitchcock.

  • Series I: Faculty Papers

    contains papers related to Behrendt's career at Dartmouth College, including attendance cards, a grade book, examinations and a proposal for a class on building types from the Middle Ages to the present. The series also includes drafts of a letter explaining how Behrendt believes architects should be educated.

  • Series II: Lectures

    contains scripts, notes and slide lists of lectures Behrendt gave at Dartmouth College, Princeton University, Wheaton College and talks he gave in Germany. Most of the lectures are annotated. The majority of the lectures deal with the development of cities, city planning, regional planning, modern architecture, housing, transportation and zoning. The lectures cover the history of architecture from

  • Series III: Personal Papers

    contains two letters from the contractor W.H. Trumbull regarding the construction of Behrendt's house. It also contains a letter from J. F. Schoellkopf, Jr. regarding the National Recreation Association. The series also contains biographical information, which lists Walter Curt Behrendt's education, civil service work in Prussia and Germany, and his career after he emigrated to the US in 1934.

  • Series IV: Writings

    contains annotated manuscripts by Behrendt covering city planning, modern architecture and housing.

Publication Date

1910-1945

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

Walter Curt Behrendt papers, 1910-1945. 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

Processing Information

Processed; Kerri Pfister 2011.

Revision Description

2011-03-02 File created.

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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Subject

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Architecture -- England Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture -- France Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture -- Germany Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture, Modern Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Arts and crafts movement Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Behrendt, Walter Curt, 1884-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
City planning Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Community development, Urban Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grisebach, Hans, 1848-1904 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Haussmann, Georges Eugène, baron, 1809-1891 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hitchcock, Henry-Russell, 1903-1987 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Housing -- England Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Housing -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
International style (Architecture) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kobbe, Herman Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Messel, Alfred, 1853-1909 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig, 1886-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Modern movement (Architecture) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poelzig, Hans, 1869-1936 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Suburbs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Urban transportation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wren, Christopher, Sir, 1632-1723 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zoning Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Walter Curt Behrendt was born December 16, 1884 in Metz, Alsace and died in April 26, 1945 in Norwich, Vermont. From 1912-1933, Behrendt worked in Civil Service in Germany shaping public housing policy, the principles of lay-out and development. Behrendt emigrated to the United States in 1934 and became a Visiting Lecturer in Housing and City Planning at Dartmouth College, 1934-1937. In 1937-1941, Behrendt was a Professor of City Planning and Housing at the University at Buffalo, SUNY and returned to Dartmouth in 1941.

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Series I: Faculty Papers

contains papers related to Behrendt's career at Dartmouth College, including attendance cards, a grade book, examinations and a proposal for a class on building types from the Middle Ages to the present. The series also includes drafts of a letter explaining how Behrendt believes architects should be educated.



Box 01 Folder 02 Administrative, 1935-1944

Includes attendance cards, grade book, examinations, and proposed courses



Box 01 Folder 03 Correspondence, undated

Series II: Lectures

contains scripts, notes and slide lists of lectures Behrendt gave at Dartmouth College, Princeton University, Wheaton College and talks he gave in Germany. Most of the lectures are annotated. The majority of the lectures deal with the development of cities, city planning, regional planning, modern architecture, housing, transportation and zoning. The lectures cover the history of architecture from



Box 01 Folder 04 Address on Regional Planning, Middle Atlantic States Art Conference, 1941



Box 01 Folder 05 City Planning, 1936-1937



Box 01 Folder 06 City Planning and Housing Volume 1, 1938



Box 01 Folder 07 City Planning , Historical Review, 1941-1942



Box 01 Folder 08 City Planning in a Democracy, Hanover Holiday, 1942



Box 01 Folder 10 City Planning Introduction, undated



Box 01 Folder 09 City Planning, Medieval Town, 1941

Includes a broadside for the Washington Square Neighbors Petition with an annotation



Box 01 Folder 11 City Planning, Seventeenth to Eighteenth Centuries, 1941



Box 01 Folder 12 Cities of the Future, undated



Box 01 Folder 13 Decentralization Former Town Extension System, 1936-1937

Includes newspaper clippings



Box 01 Folder 14 Development of City Planning on the Continent, 1942



Box 01 Folder 15 Form of the Future Cities, by Clarence S. Stein, 1945

Lecture given by Clarence S. Stein at the University of Miami, January 15, 1945



Box 01 Folder 16 History of the Development of City Types, undated



Box 01 Folder 17 Housing Lecture 1, Significance of Housing, undated



Box 01 Folder 18 Housing Lecture 2, Continental, 1943



Box 01 Folder 19 Problems in Housing, undated

Lecture is in German



Box 01 Folder 20 Problems in New Buildings, undated

Lecture is in German



Box 02 Folder 01 Princeton Lectures, Rehabilitation of Our Cities, Housing Problem, Regional Concept, undated



Box 02 Folder 02 Siedlungsfrage und Baukunst, 1923

Includes copy of the Program Vereinigung für staatswissenschaftliche Fortbilding zu Berlin



Box 02 Folder 03 Spirit of Modern Architecture I, Problem of Structure, 1934



Box 02 Folder 04 Spirit of Modern Architecture II, Arts and Crafts Movement, 1934



Box 02 Folder 05 Spirit of Modern Architecture III, Art Nouveau Movement, 1934



Box 02 Folder 06 Spirit of Modern Architecture IV, Role of America, 1934



Box 02 Folder 07 Spirit of Modern Architecture V, International Style, 1934



Box 02 Folder 08 Spirit of Modern Architecture VIII, Housing and Regional Planning, 1935



Box 02 Folder 09 Transportation Problems, 1936



Box 02 Folder 10 Wheaton College Lecture on Modern Architecture, 1937



Box 02 Folder 11 Zoning, 1936

Includes clippings from newspapers

Series III: Personal Papers

contains two letters from the contractor W.H. Trumbull regarding the construction of Behrendt's house. It also contains a letter from J. F. Schoellkopf, Jr. regarding the National Recreation Association. The series also contains biographical information, which lists Walter Curt Behrendt's education, civil service work in Prussia and Germany, and his career after he emigrated to the US in 1934.



Box 01 Folder 01 Biographical Information, undated



Box 02 Folder 12 Correspondence, 1941-1942

Includes letters from a contractor regarding a house, a letter regarding the National Recreation Association and a letter containing a bibliography of books on the growth of Buffalo, NY



Box 02 Folder 13 Clippings, 1925-1944

Contains two reports from the American Institute of Architects, one on the Committee on Economics of Site-Planning and Housing and one on the Committee on Community Planning; and a pamphlet "Between Ourselves" issued by the Publicity Department of the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company

Series IV: Writings

contains annotated manuscripts by Behrendt covering city planning, modern architecture and housing.


Subseries 1: Other



Box 02 Folder 14 Bauten der Technik , undated



Box 02 Folder 15 City Planning , undated



Box 02 Folder 16 Concerning Organic Forms , undated



Box 02 Folder 17 Frank Lloyd Wright , undated



Box 02 Folder 18 French Architecture under Louis XIV , undated



Box 02 Folder 19 Gottfried Semper , undated



Box 02 Folder 20 Housing , 1942



Box 02 Folder 21 Japanese House , undated



Box 02 Folder 22 Der Kleinwohnungsbau in Deutschland Nach Dem Kriege , undated



Box 02 Folder 23 Die Letzten Wolkenkratzer , undated



Box 02 Folder 24 Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York , undated



Box 02 Folder 25 to 26 New Spirit of Building: an essay on the nature of form , undated



Box 03 Folder 01 New York, ein Stadtgesicht , undated



Box 03 Folder 02 Notes on City Planning , 1944



Box 03 Folder 03 Notes on Ancient and Medieval Cities , undated



Box 03 Folder 04 Origin of the Spirit of Modern Architecture , undated



Box 03 Folder 05 Reconstruction , undated


Subseries 2: Articles



Box 03 Folder 06 Alfred Messels Museumpläne , 1910



Box 03 Folder 07 Alt-Gent , undated



Box 03 Folder 08 Der Aufbau Einer Kriegszerstörten Stadt in Ostpreussen , undated



Box 03 Folder 09 Die Architektur auf der Grassen Berliner Kunstausstellung , 1924



Box 03 Folder 10 City Planner Looks at Buffalo , 1937



Box 03 Folder 11 Deutsche Gewerbeschau München , 1922



Box 03 Folder 12 Die Deutsche Werkbundausstellung in Köln , 1914



Box 03 Folder 13 Die Form Unferer Zeit , 1928



Box 03 Folder 14 Hans Grisebach , 1916



Box 03 Folder 15 Hans Poelzig , 1913



Box 03 Folder 16 Hans Poelzig, Zum Sechzigsten Geburtstage , undated



Box 03 Folder 17 Messels Nachfolge , 1912



Box 03 Folder 18 Neue Bücher , 1917



Box 03 Folder 19 Schloss Rheinsberg , 1913 (?)



Box 03 Folder 20 Schloss Sanssouci , undated



Box 03 Folder 21 Das Stadtbauproblem , undated



Box 03 Folder 22 Über die Deutsche Baukunst der Gegenwart , 1914



Box 03 Folder 23 Vom Neuen Bauen , 1928



Box 03 Folder 24 What Retards Urban Reconstruction , 1942



Box 03 Folder 25 Zum Bauproblem der Zeit , 1925


Subseries 3: Book Reviews



Box 03 Folder 26 Action for Cities, A Guide for Community Planning by Public Administration Services , undated



Box 03 Folder 27 The City in the Human Drama, The Culture of Cities by Lewis Mumford, 1938



Box 03 Folder 28 Housing and Regional Planning by Herman Kobbe, 1941



Box 03 Folder 29 The Record of Frank Lloyd Wright by Henry-Russell Hitchcock, 1942