Architectural drawings and correspondence, 1931-1983

Elfreth's Alley Association (Philadelphia, Pa.).


32 fds. (162 items) ; 35 x 110 cm or smaller.
Diazo photoprint.
Sepia print (positive).
Arranged and numbered in chronological order, concurrently in two series. Series I: original drawings and progress prints (some annotated) produced for and acquired by the corporation. Series II: prints of architectural survey drawings of various properties on Elfreth's Alley produced by the Historic American Building Survey (HABS).
The collection consists of measured drawings, preliminary sketches, progress prints, working drawings and some correspondence for the restoration, retrofitting, or repair of a number of properties on the alley (mostly owned by the not-for-profit association) including the Elfreth's Alley Association Museum located in a rowhouse on the alley, the public alley-way, and adjacent court, all located between Race and Arch Street, off Second Street, in Philadelphia.
Includes the surveying, research, consultation, and/or design work of (in chronological order) D.W. Wetherhill Paint Company (n.d.), George A. Robbins, architect (1957 and 1965), Oskar Stonorov and S. Frank Haws, architects of record with Penelope Hartshorne, "restorationist" (1958-1959 and 1961), The Restoration Committee of the Elfreth Alley Association Inc., with Penelope Hartshorne (1959-1961), George D. Batcheler Jr., architect, and Penelope Hartshorne (1965-1966), Barton and Martin, engineers (1968), the Delta Group, design, architecture, and engineering (1975), and Fran Digian and Associates, landscape architects (1983).
Also includes prints of a Historic American Building Survey (HABS) of the alley's residences conducted in 1931. The survey includes drawings of all the building facades (as of 1931), some selected floor plans, and detail drawings of doors, windows, wood trim, fireplace mantels, and hardware, from a number of alley properties, all measured and/or drawn by C.E. Maule, P.B. MacLeod, and L.P. Polk.
The Elfreth Alley Association Collection on loan to The Athenaeum of Philadelphia with the support of the Pew Charitable Trusts through its Museum Loan Program. Hereafter, cited as Elfreth Alley Association Collection.
Associated Materials: Penelope Hartshorne Batcheler's Alfreth Alley Log Book (no. MU64543) is located at the Philadelphia Historical Commission, City of Philadelphia.
Pew Charitable Trusts Museum Loan Collection.
An inventory is available upon request.

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