So you want to build something…

The Cooper Hewitt Library collects a variety of trade periodicals, especially those dealing with architecture and the building trades. The Architect, builder and woodworker is a journal of industrial art that offers practical and technical information for anyone with the skill and interest in designing a home or other building. We own nearly 100 issues ranging from 1875-1895. Architecture as a profession at this time was just emerging; master builders, draftsmen, and more »

The Renwick Gates in the Smithsonian Libraries

 Morgan E. Aronson and Julia Blakely co-authored this piece.   James M. Goode, former Keeper of the Smithsonian Institution Building (affectionately known as “The Castle”) received this year the Individual Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation in Washington, DC. In a short biographical video for this honor, Dr. Goode references a guidebook in the Smithsonian Libraries as a key source in the creation of the Renwick Gates, one of his more »

Happy Birthday Frank Lloyd Wright

Born in 1867, Frank Lloyd Wright is considered the greatest American architect of the last century. The magazine featured here, ReD. Revue Svazu moderní kultury Devětsil [ReD: Review of the Union for Modern Culture Devětsil], published in Czechoslovakia, 1927-1931, shows that Wright's influence was also strong in Europe as well as America:  Avant-garde Czech book design sprang from the Devětsil Artistic Union, a highly influential group of avant-garde poets, writers, artists, and designers active from 1920 to 1931. ReD, the most important of Devětsil ’s journals, published work by leading names in the fields of writing, art, and architecture, among them poetry by Mallarmé and Apollinaire; prose by James Joyce; reproductions of art by Arp, Chagall, Kandinsky, Brancusi, Mondrian and El Lissitzky; and articles on the architecture of Le Corbusier, Gropius, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Digital collection: Czech Book Covers of the 1920s and 1930s Selected titles on the architect from Libraries' collections: Frank Lloyd Wright: Europe and beyond, edited by Anthony Alofsin. Working with Mr. Wright: what it was like, Curtis more »

More Postcards from the Cooper Hewitt Library

The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum Library boasts more than 10,000 postcards in its “hidden” collection. Arranged by subject in card file drawers, they range in date from the turn of the century to the 1990’s. In our last post, Parisian fashion was featured. In this second post, the Libraries will feature the architecture of New York and Los Angeles. Postcards bear testament to seminal moments and monuments of history. They record the interiors and exteriors of some of the most celebrated hotels of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, many of which no longer stand today. This includes photographs and etchings of buildings from every state in the United States as well as cards from virtually every major European city. Many of the cards in the collection depict scenes from New York. A few capture the Hotel Astor, a luxury hotel that opened to New Yorkers in September 1904, but in 1967, less than three-quarters of a century later, was demolished to make room for a 50-story office tower. more »

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