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Ernest Flagg papers, 1888-1972

Summary Information

Abstract

Ernest Flagg was an American architect in the Beaux-Arts style. The collection is made up of diaries, correspondence, photographs, project records, Flagg's writings, and clippings.

At a Glance

Bib ID 8539656 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Flagg, Ernest, 1857-1947
Title Ernest Flagg papers, 1888-1972
Physical Description 5 document boxes; 217 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

This collection is arranged in four series: Personal Papers, Project Records, Writings, and Other Papers.

Description

Scope and Content

The collection is made up of diaries, correspondence, photographs, project records, Flagg's writings, and clippings.

  • Series I: Personal Papers

    includes diaries ranging from 1890-1937, genealogical studies, correspondence, family photographs, and records from l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

  • Series II: Project Records

    includes plans, drawings, photographs, and clippings regarding a particular project. The A.H. Scribner records are the most complete, and also contain contracts, billing records, and correspondence with contractors.

  • Series III: Writings

    includes both published and unpublished works. The collection also includes Flagg's Greek Documents and studies, drafts, manuscripts, and corresponding materials relating to Le Naos du Parthenon.

  • Series IV: Other Papers

    includes various clippings.

Publication Date

1888-1972

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

Ernest Flagg architectural records and papers, 1888-1972. 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; Zoe Milgram 2011.

Revision Description

2011-03-11 File created.

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

Subject Headings

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Architects -- New York (State) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Architecture -- United States -- Designs and plans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Charles Scribners Sons Building (New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Singer Building (New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biography

Ernest Flagg (February 6, 1857 – April 10, 1947) was born in Brooklyn, New York. He married Margaret E. Bonnell, with whom he had one daughter, Betsey Flagg. A student of l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Flagg's work refers to classical architecture.

After completing his studies, in 1891, Flagg and John Prentiss Benson started Flagg & Benson, (later Flagg, Benson & Brockway), and the firm designed St. Luke's Hospital, in New York.

In 1894, Ernest Flagg went into a partnership with Walter B. Chambers to form Flagg & Chambers. Together, the two designed the Corcoran Gallery of Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Singer Building, which was once the tallest building in New York. Flagg, a favorite of the Scribner family, designed the Scribner Building on Fifth Avenue, as well as residences for Charles Scribner, and his son, A.H. Scribner. Flagg is also known for designing buildings for the U.S. Naval Academy, and many residences in New York and Connecticut.

The Beaux-Arts study of classicism did not stop after college for Flagg. His Greek travel journals include studies on proportions and ratios in classic Greek architecture, and were the basis for Le Naos du Parthenon, published in 1928.

As a writer in the progressive era, Flagg wrote on New York tenement houses, taxation, city planning, and building regulations. He also wrote prolifically on design, architecture, and specifically on Greek classicism.

Series I: Personal Papers

includes diaries ranging from 1890-1937, genealogical studies, correspondence, family photographs, and records from l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

Box 01: Folder 17 "Memorandum of Events in the Life of Ernest Flagg" undated
Box 01: Folder 16 Autobiography of Ernest Flagg 1923

Handwritten manuscript

Box 01: Folder 25 Besty Flagg Illustrations 1924

Includes clippings from McCall's magazine and Junior League Bulletin.

Box 01: Folder 20 Coat of Arms 1913

Includes 2 Coats of Arms (Pomeroy Family)

Box 02: Folder 02 Concours D'Emulation, Ecole Des Beaux-Arts undated
Box 02: Folder 05 Correspondence 1892-1936

44 letters

Box 01: Folder 29 Dark Island, Clippings 1905

5 newspaper articles

Box 01: Folder 30 Dark Island, Photographs undated

Includes 1 black and white panoramic photograph, 63 photographs, 1 color picture postcards, 2 black and white picture postcards, 1 photographic exposure table

Box 01: Folder 04 Diary 6 Feb. 1908-[31 May 1908]
Box 01: Folder 06 Diary 19 Nov. 1908-31 May 1909
Box 01: Folder 07 Diary 1 Jan. 1909-1 Jan 1910
Box 01: Folder 1 Diary 9 Sept. 1890

"Trip from Nimes to Brow"

Box 01: Folder 02 Diary 3 Nov. 1890

"Perugia, Assisi, Rome, Naples, Pompeii"

Box 01: Folder 03 Diary December 1890

"Siena, Genoa, Lucerne, Paris"

Box 01: Folder 08 Diary 1910
Box 01: Folder 09 Diary 1 Aug. 1910-6 Feb. 1911
Box 01: Folder 10 Diary 6 Feb.1911-27 Sept. 1911
Box 01: Folder 11 Diary 22 Sept. 1911-1 Aug. 1912
Box 01: Folder 12 Diary 1 Aug. 1912-1 May 1913
Box 01: Folder 13 Diary 1 May 1913-6 Feb. 1914
Box 01: Folder 14 Diary 1936
Box 01: Folder 15 Diary 1937
Box 01: Folder 05 Diary 31 May 1908-18 Nov. 1908

"Trip to Europe"

Box 02: Folder 07 E.F.'s Office Force 1907

1 black and white photograph

Box 01: Folder 22 Ernest Flagg, Photographs ?-1922

Includes 5 photographs

Box 01: Folder 23 Family and Baby Photographs 1898-1946

17 photographs.

Box 01: Folder 24 Family Photographs ca. 1888-1889

Includes 18 photographs. Includes notes on back written in 1922-1923.

Box 01: Folder 19 Flagg & Flegg Genealogical Notes undated
Box 01: Folder 18 Genealogy undated
Box 01: Folder 27 John Harper Bonnell, Photograph undated

1 framed photograph

Box 02: Folder 06 Letters from Ernest Flagg to Arthur T. Sutcliffe 1906 [?}-1910

4 letters

Box 02: Folder 04 Liste Et Adresses Des members et des Associes Etrangers de L'Institute De France 1924
Box 01: Folder 26 Margaret C. Bonnell, Photograph undated

1 framed photograph

Box 02: Folder 01 Membership Card, Ecole Des Beaux-Arts undated

1 card in leather envelope

Box 01: Folder 21 Mrs. Flagg's Correspondence 1971-1972

3 letters, 2 copies of biography of Mr. Flagg, 1 Family Tree, 1 Coat of Arms and Historiography for the Flagg family (3 pages)

Box 02: Folder 09 Remarks by Roger M. Blough 1968

Announcing plans for an office building in New York.

Box 01: Folder 3` Shiphaven Church, Photographs undated

Includes 2 picture postcards (Shiphaven Church)

Box 02: Folder 03 Subject de Concours 1889-1894

4 Subject de Concours from Ecole des Beaux Arts

Box 02: Folder 08 The Architectural League of New York Resolution 1946

Framed letter

Box 01: Folder 28 Thousand Islands St. Lawrence River undated

Photograph album

Series II: Project Records

includes plans, drawings, photographs, and clippings regarding a particular project. The A.H. Scribner records are the most complete, and also contain contracts, billing records, and correspondence with contractors.

Box 02: Folder 10 109 E. 40th Street (New York, NY) undated

Photographs : 22 items

Business Card (A. Peanroy) : 1 item

Box 02: Folder 11 111 East 40th Street (New York, NY) 1908-1934

List of Patents in Safe

Box 02: Folder 31 Automobile Club of America (New York, NY) 1907-1912

The American Architect and Building News(4 May 1907) : 14 p.

The Club Journal(9 Nov 1912) : 1 copy

Box 02: Folder 39 Bourne, Frederick G., Residence (Dark Island, Chippewa Bay, NY) 1903-1904

Architectural Drawings : 19 items

Box 02: Folder 39 Bourne, Frederick G., Residence (Oakdale, NY) undated

Architectural Drawing : 1 item

Box 02: Folder 40 Bourne, Frederick G., Residence (Oakdale, NY) undated

Photograph : 1 item

Box 02: Folder 53 Charleston Baptist Temple (Charleston, WV) 1923-1926

Includes programs from Hugenot Day of Remembrance (6 Jun 1926) and the National Hugenot-Walloon Memorial Dedication Ceremony (18 May 1924), and an issue ofThe Baptist(3 Feb 1923)

Box 02: Folder 46 Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Co. (Hartford, CT) undated

Includes 3 floor plans

Box 02: Folder 55 Count Szechenyi Palace (Budapest, Hungary) undated

Magazine clipping : 1 item

Box 02: Folder 51 Eaton, A.W., Residence (Pittsfield, MA) 1926

Architectural Drawings : 2 items

Box 02: Folder 17 Flagg Court (Brooklyn, NY) undated

Brochure : 1 item

Box 02: Folder 13 Flagg, Ernest, Residence (New York, NY) 1907

3 copies of article fromThe Architectural Record(Sept 1907)

Box 02: Folder 14 Flagg, Ernest, Residence(New York, NY) undated

Photographs of Exterior : 41 items

Box 02: Folder 15 Flagg, Ernest, Residence (New York, NY) undated

Photographs of Interior : 15 items

Box 02: Folder 16 The Flegg Ridge Estate of Ernest Flagg (Dongen Hills, NY) undated

Includes 1 pamphlet, 1 photograph

Drawer 244: Folder 06 The Flegg Ridge Estate of Ernest Flagg, Dongen Hills (Staten Island, NY) undated

Architectural Drawings : 17 items

Also includes drawings of a small bridge and other structures located in Staten Island,

Box 02: Folder 54 Gwynne Building (Cincinnati, OH) undated

Includes clipping from NWEM.

Box 02: Folder 33 Model Fireproof Tenement Co. undated

Advertisements : 7 items

Box 02: Folder 34 Model Fireproof Tenement Co. 1958-1960

Newspaper Clippings : 4 items ; "Why the Model Fireproof Tenement Company," clipping from Cantilever Flat Slabs, and an article from Turner Construction.

Box 02: Folder 35 Model Fireproof Tenement Co. 1959

Correspondence : 3 letters, 1 set of letterhead

Box 02: Folder 36 Model Fireproof Tenement Co. 1951

Minutes from 2 meetings

Box 02: Folder 32 Model Fireproof Tenement Co. 1928

Photograph : 1 item

Box 02: Folder 38 Model Fireproof Tenement Co. undated

Prospectus : 3 booklets

Box 02: Folder 37 Model Fireproof Tenement Co. 1951-1956

Stockholder Information; includes "Brief Review of Model Fireproof Tenement Co.", Certificate of Incorporation, and Report to the President for the year 1956.

Box 02: Folder 12 Patent # 498.034 1919
Box 02: Folder 43 Pomfret School Chapel (Pomfret, CT) undated

Photographs : 3 items

Box 02: Folder 42 Pomfret School Chapel (Pomfret, CT) undated

Includes pencil sketch of floor plan, blueprint of plaque in the memory of William Brach Olmsted, photograph book containing 15 black and white photographs of Pomfret School campus.

Box 02: Folder 22 Scribner, A.H., Residence (New York, NY) 1903-1905

Agreements For Extra Work : 116 items

Box 02: Folder 25 Scribner, A.H., Residence (New York, NY) 1903-1905

Billing Records; includes 25 receipts, 18 statements and estimates of contracts, extras, and payments to contractors.

Box 02: Folder 23 Scribner, A.H., Residence (New York, NY) 1903-1905

28 Building Agreements with various contractors

Box 02: Folder 24 Scribner, A.H. Residence (New York, NY) 1904-1905

Includes 2 contracts for utility service and 1 permit.

Box 02: Folder 27 Scribner, A.H., Residence (New York, NY) 1905-1906

Correspondence from Flagg and Chambers : 13 letters

Box 02: Folder 28 Scribner, A.H., Residence (New York, NY) 1904-1906

Correspondence from Gagneau & Cie : 9 letters

Box 02: Folder 30 Scribner, A.H., Residence (New York, NY) 1904

Correspondence from J.H. Jansen : 3 letters, 1 color postcard

Box 02: Folder 29 Scribner, A.H., Residence (New York, NY) 1904

Correspondence from Roswag et Fils : 2 letters

Box 02: Folder 26 Scribner, A.H., Residence (New York, NY) 1903-1906

131 payment vouchers issued by the Office of Ernest Flagg

Box 02: Folder 21 Scribner Building (New York, NY) undated

Photographs : 2 items

Box 02: Folder 19 Singer Building, Liberty and Broadway (New York, NY) 1903-1907

Includes 1 pencil sketch, printed pamphlet, floor plans, clipping from Owners and Builders Magazine September 1907, clipping from New York Tribune January 20, 1907, 1 copy of "The Rational Skyscraper" from The Architectural Record, March 1904.

Box 02: Folder 20 Singer Building, Liberty and Broadway (New York, NY) 1907

Photographs : 15 items

Drawer 224: Folder 01 to 04 Singer Building, Liberty and Broadway (New York, NY) 1897-1957

Architectural Drawings : 105 items

Later additions done after 1920 were by other architects.

Roll A05.25 Singer Building, Liberty and Broadway (New York, NY) undated

Architectural Drawings : 2 items

Roll A05.29 Singer Building, Liberty and Broadway (New York, NY) undated

Architectural Drawing : 1 item; "detail for the U of an office"

Drawer 224: Folder 01 to 04 Singer Building, Broadway and Prince (New York, NY) 1902-1903

Architectural Drawings : 5 items

Roll A10.04 Singer Building, Broadway and Prince (New York, NY) 1902

Photograph of sub-basement plan drawing : 1 item

Box 02: Folder 47 Soldiers' Monument (New Britain, CT) undated

Includes 1 magazine clipping

Box 02: Folder 45 St. Luke's Convalescent Hospital (Greenwich, CT) undated

Photographs of pencil drawings : 2 items

Box 02: Folder 44 St. Luke's Hospital Convalescent Home (Greenwich, CT) 1928

Includes clipping from Kohler of Kohler News May 1928, 5 black and white photographs.

Box 02: Folder 18 St. Luke's Hospital (New York, NY) ca. 1893

Includes 5 prints of a drawing signed Ernest Flagg, Arch., 1 floor plan, 1 drawing of exterior, clipping from Harper's Weekly, Jan. 1893.

Box 02: Folder 52 St. Paul's School, Sheldon Library (Concord, N.H.) undated

Photograph : 1 item

Box 02: Folder 41 Tablet for W.W. Lord, DD. (Cooperstown, NY) ca. 1907

Architectural Drawing : 1 item

Box 02: Folder 48 US Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD) 1908-1954

Includes article from Cooper & Brass Bulletin May 1954, 4 clippings from various publications, article from The American Architect and Building News, July 1908, copies of The American Architect and Building News July 1908 regular and international editions.

Box 02: Folder 49 US Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD) undated

Architectural Drawings : 5 items

Box 02: Folder 50 US Navel Academy (Annapolis, MD) undated

Photographs : 14 items

Series III: Writings

includes both published and unpublished works. The collection also includes Flagg's Greek Documents and studies, drafts, manuscripts, and corresponding materials relating to Le Naos du Parthenon.

Box 03: Folder 13 "A Fish Story" 29 Mar. 1940

6 copies of a speech read at a luncheon in honor of Mr. Flagg by the American Institue of Architects.

Box 03: Folder 10 "Architect Offers Some Plans to Avert Traffic Stagnation" 27, Nov. 1927

4 Clipping from the New York Herald Tribune

Box 04: Folder 03 "Influence of the French School on Architecture in the United States" undated

From The Architectural Record

Box 03: Folder 01 "L'Ecole Des Beaux Arts" 1894

From The Architectural Record, July-September, 1894

Box 03: Folder 06 "Reduccion De Los Costes Por Un Adecuado Planeamiento De Las Casas" 1924

1 copy from El Problema De La Vivienda En Lod Estados Unidos, 1924

Box 04: Folder 08 "Study of Certain Greek Standards of Measure" undated
Box 03: Folder 09 "The City of the Future" 1927

2 copies from Safety Fall Pictoral Note Book, Vol. XIII, No. 4

Box 03: Folder 02 "The New York Tenement-House Evil and Its Cure" 1894

From Scribner's Magazine, July, 1894. Includes draft.

Box 04: Folder 17 "The So-Called Temple of Poseidion" undated

Inlcudes chapter of manuscript, 2 prints

Box 03: Folder 03 "The Works of Ernest Flagg" April, 1902

1 copy. The Architectural Record, Vol. XI, No. 44, April 1902

Box 03: Folder 12 Again The New York Tenement House Evil and Its Cure 1936

1 copy

Box 03: Folder 25 Articles on Various Subjects undated

1 binder

Box 03: Folder 11 Basics of Greek Design 1930

3 copies from Architecture, September, 1930

Box 03: Folder 08 Building Regulation Sanity and Congestion 1926

2 copies

Box 05: Folder 10 Copies of letters from the members of The French Institute on receipt of Ernest Flagg's book "The Parthenon Naos" 1924-1937

7 letters

Box 03: Folder 27 Ernest Flagg's Buildings, Writings, Plans, Comments. Newspaper Articles 1893-1901 1893-1901

1 scrapbook

Box 04: Folder 05 Greek Documents, Folder 1 of 3 1924-1937

Includes index, documents 1-19

Box 04: Folder 06 Greek Documents, Folder 2 of 3 1925-1930

Includes documents 20-30

Box 04: Folder 07 Greek Documents, Folder 3 of 3 ca. 1920-ca. 1930

Includes documents 31-46

Box 05: Folder 07 Le Naos du Parthenon. Rapports et Articles des Donnees ca. 1927

Manuscript

Box 05: Folder 08 Le Naos Du Parthenon: The Parthenon Naos 1928-1937

I hardcover book, with inscription by the author, 1 letter

Box 05: Folder 02 Le Parthenon, Donnees Generales undated

Manuscript

Box 03: Folder 21 Letters to the Editor 1921-1944

11 letters

Box 03: Folder 26 List of Published Writing of Various Kinds undated

1 binder. Contains 7 photographs of letters written by ancestors.

Box 03: Folder 17 Misc. Writings 1925-1940

12 essays

Box 03: Folder 15 Misc. Writings on Architecture 1909-1925

15 essays

Box 03: Folder 18 Misc. Writings on City Planning 1934

6 essays

Box 03: Folder 16 Misc. Writings on Design 1924-1925

13 essays

Box 03: Folder 19 Misc. Writings on Finance and Taxation 1930-1939

13 essays

Box 03: Folder 20 Misc. Writings on Flagg Houses and Small Houses 1924-1934

6 essays

Box 03: Folder 07 Nouvelles Lumiers Sur L'Art Grec 1924

Paper read at the French Academy, copy of the Journal of the Royal Institue of British Architects, December, 1924.

Box 04: Folder 19 Peristyle Du Temple De Theseus a Athenes undated

Manuscript

Box 05: Folder 03 Peristyle of the Parthenon undated

Includes 17 drawings

Box 04: Folder 18 Peristyle of the Temple of Nemesis at Rhamnus undated

Includes 1 typewritten manuscript, 1 handwritten manuscript

Box 03: Folder 24 Proposed Building Ordinance for New York undated

Manuscript

Box 03: Folder 04 Roads and Pavements 1910

3 copies

Box 03: Folder 22 Small Houses 1922-1926

18 letters, 7 reviews of Small Houses in fabric covered folio

Box 04: Folder 20 Temple of Theseus, Drawings undated

Includes 32 drawings, 2 prints

Box 04: Folder 14 The Cella of the Temple of Theseus. Ratios and Data undated

1 binder. Includes La Cella du Temple de Theseus. Rapports et Donnees.

Box 04: Folder 04 The Ecole Des Beaux-Arts undated

2 articles

Box 04: Folder 02 The Ernest Flagg Envelopes From Avery Library, 12 Folios undated

5 pages

Box 03: Folder 23 The Flagg Car undated

3 pamphlets

Box 03: Folder 14 The German Conquest of Taste 1946

2 copies of the Journal of the American Institute of Architects, January 1946

Box 04: Folder 09 The Lighting of Grecian Temples undated

Includes 2 typewritten manuscripts, 1 handwritten manuscript, 1 letter.

Box 04: Folder 10 The Lighting og Grecian Temples, Drawings undated

9 drawings

Box 03: Folder 05 The Mayor's Committee on Pavements 1912

1 copy of First Report (March 1912), 1 copy of Second Report (December 1912)

Box 05: Folder 05 The Parthenon Cella. Ratios and Items of Data (Original) undated

Manuscript in English and French.

Box 05: Folder 09 The Parthenon Naos, Correspondence 1937

14 letters

Box 05: Folder 11 The Parthenon Naos, Review ca. 1928
Box 05: Folder 06 The Parthenon Naos. Ratios & Items of Data (All corrections made) ca. 1927

Manuscript

Box 05: Folder 04 The Parthenon Peristyle, Ratios and Items of Data undated

Manuscript

Box 05: Folder 01 The Parthenon: General Data undated

Manuscript

Box 04: Folder 23 The Temple of Diana Propylaea at Eleusis 1945

Includes manuscript, handwritten copy with revisions

Box 04: Folder 21 The Temple of Diana Propylaea at Eleusis, Drawings undated

32 drawings, 1 plate

Box 04: Folder 22 The Temple of Diana Propylaea at Eleusis, Translations undated

Translations of 4 articles

Box 04: Folder 16 The Temple of Rome and Augustus at Pola, Drawings undated

5 drawings

Box 04: Folder 15 The Temple of Rome and Augustus at Pola. Ratios and Items of Data undated

Includes 1 handwritten manuscript, 2 typewritten manuscript

Box 04: Folder 13 The Theseum 1945
Box 04: Folder 01 Trophie des Alpes undated

Includes 1 manuscript chapter, 3 copies of article by J. Formige from L'Architecture, Vol, XLV, No. 12.

Box 04: Folder 12 Various Entases 1933

Includes 13 essays on various entases, 5 drawings

Box 04: Folder 11 Various Temples undated

Includes drawings, ratios, and memoranda for 26 various temples.

Series IV: Other Papers

includes various clippings.

Box 05: Folder 12 La Revve Moderne Illustree 1926

1 copy

Box 05: Folder 14 Misc. Clipping undated

1 page

Box 05: Folder 13 Unidentified Building undated

1 black and white photograph