Earlier this year, we told you about the Yale School of Architecture‘s continued move to grow their archives after years of ignoring or just not bothering to gather up. Now they’ve apparently proved that all that work has paid off, as the university has just been handed perhaps one of their best ‘gets’ to date. The NY Times reports that the widow of architect Charles Gwathmey, who passed away last year shortly after finishing an addition to the Paul Rudolph-designed architecture building on Yale’s campus, has donated all of the Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects archives to the university. Surely a happy day for the dean of the school, Robert A.M. Stern, who specifically picked Gwathmey for the Rudolph project and stood by it after the building received some harsh words by critics upon its opening. Also helps more than a little that Gwathmey himself graduated from the school in the early 1960s. Here’s a bit from the Times about what the archives contain:
The donated records include architectural drawings, photographs, sketches and correspondence from about 175 projects and will reside in the library’s department of manuscripts and archives. Among the projects documented is the design of Yale’s Jeffrey Loria Center for the History of Art and the restoration of Paul Rudolph Hall, formerly known as the Art and Architecture Building.