Library of Congress Acquires Rare Architectural Image Collection

Monument à la trinité (project). Drawing by architect Richard Morris Hunt, before 1855. Original architectural drawing from Hunt's time in Paris, showing a design for a church or memorial building in the Beaux-Arts style.

Union League Club, New York City (project). Drawing by architect Richard Morris Hunt, 1867.

Biltmore Estate greenhouses, Asheville, North Carolina. Greenhouses.  Drawing by the office of Richard Morris Hunt architect; Hitchings & Co., horticultural architects.

Statue of Liberty framework. Drawing by the office of  engineer Gustav Eiffel, circa 1881. Drawing for the iron framework of the Statue of Liberty sent from the office of the engineer Gustave Eiffel to the office of Richard Morris Hunt, designer of the Statue's pedestal.

J. Q. A. Ward houses, 7 & 9 West 49th Street, New York City. Drawing by architect Richard Morris Hunt, 1868. For the famous sculptor, John Quincy Adams Ward.

Yorktown Monument (Alliance and Victory Monument), Yorktown, Virginia. Drawing by architect Richard Morris Hunt, 1884.

Bandstand. École des Beaux-Arts examination drawing by architectural student Richard Morris Hunt, March 7th, 1849. Original examination drawing for a "concours sur esquisse," at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris.

J. Q. A. Ward houses, 7 & 9 West 49th Street, New York City, designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt, photograph after 1869.  Shows the architect's design as completed.

United States Capitol. Tortola scheme. Competition drawing by architect William Thornton, 1793.

United States Capitol. Tortola scheme. Competition rendering of façade. Elevation. Design by William Thornton, 1793.

St. Stephen's Church, Cohasset, Massachusetts. Drawing by architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, 1899. Goodhue, a master draftsman, was a 1925 winner of the AIA's Gold Medal.

Architect Chloethiel Woodard Smith presents a model of her Capitol Park project for Southwest Washington, D.C. Photograph, circa 1960.

Notre-Dame, Paris, France. View showing the new spire designed by architect Viollet-le-Duc. Photograph by Charles Marville, circa 1860. The view is towards the Île Saint-Louis.

Fountain of the Dragon at the Palace of Versailles, France. In: Vues de Versailles, 1676. Works from multiple sources showing the newly completed palace and its grounds are bound together in this volume, including plates by Israel Sylvestre.

Cass Gilbert's annotated copy of The Story of Architecture in America by Thomas E. Tallmadge (New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1927). Cass Gilbert, architect of the Woolworth and U. S. Supreme Court buildings, wrote lengthy notes in the margins disagreeing with Tallmadge's statements. Many Cass Gilbert drawings are at the Library of Congress.

Cadillac Sales Building, Detroit, Michigan, by architect Albert Kahn. In: Albert Kahn, F.A.I.A., Louis Kahn -- Jesse F. Hirschman Associates, Architects and Engineers, Marquette Building, Detroit. New York: Architectural Catalog Co., 1921. For promotional purposes architects often printed catalogs of their works that now are quite rare.

This February 1876 issue of the American Architect and Building News features First Church, Boston, by the architects Ware & Van Brunt. The Library of Congress lacks the early issues of this important architectural periodical.

Architect and Engineer of California, 1930. May 1930. Decorative Arts Number. Regional magazines such as the Architect and Engineer, published in San Francisco, highlighted the concerns and work of local architects.   The Library of Congress has this publication only on microfilm.

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