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Rare book on Italian Renaissance architecture now online

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A portfolio set from the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Book Room has been digitized and placed online in the UH Digital Library.  Die renaissance in Italien presents important architecture from the Italian Renaissance.  The four volume set was published in Hamburg in 1907. 

Die renaissance in Italien. Eine sammlung der werthvollsten erhaltenen monumente in chronologischer folge geordnet. Früh renaissance:  http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/6209

 Die renaissance in Italien. Eine sammlung der werthvollsten erhaltenen monumente in chronologischer folge geordnet. Hoch renaissance:  http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/6571

 Die renaissance in Italien. Eine sammlung der werthvollsten erhaltenen monumente in chronologischer folge geordnet. Decoration in stein und terra cotta:  http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/6419

Die renaissance in Italien. Eine sammlung der werthvollsten erhaltenen monumente in chronologischer folge geordnet. Decoration in holz:  http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/6015

Jenkins Library Ambassadors meeting February 11th

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The Jenkins Library Ambassadors are student leaders who serve as the library’s advisory board and who help their fellow students learn about research tools and services.  We are actively recruiting new members.  A lunchtime meeting will be held at noon in room 215 of the College of Architecture.  Pizza will be served.

 

Brochstein, Mashburn, and Paukune oral histories added to the UH Digital Library

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Three new oral histories have been added to Building Houston, a digital collection of interviews with people who strongly impacted Houston’s built environment, which is co-sponsored by the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library and the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

UH alumnus David Bucek interviews Raymond Brochstein, FAIA, whose company Brochsteins, Inc. has supplied custom architectural woodwork and furniture to notable buildings designed by Richard Meier, Philip Johnson, SOM, Gensler, and many others.  Mr. Brochstein and his wife, Susan, are also notable philanthropists, who have helped develop Houston’s green spaces and who donated the Brochstein Pavilion to Rice University in 2010.

Joe Mashburn, FAIA, Dean of the UH College of Architecture from 1998-2009, discusses his career as an architect and educator with architectural historian Anna Mod.  He also addresses key moments in the history of the College of Architecture.  As a student in the late 1960’s, he studied with Doug Michels and Chip Lord and witnessed protests over the college leadership.

John Paukune was an unemployed architect just out of school when he walked onto the construction site of the Astrodome and was hired to help oversee its completion.  He discusses the politics, innovations, and problems behind the building of Houston’s most iconic structure with architect Kerry Goelzer, as well as his post-Astrodome career.

Interview with John F. Staub available in UH Digital Library

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A 1980 interview with John F. Staub has been added to Building Houston, an oral history project organized by the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library and the Historic Resources Committee of the American Institute of Architects, Houston Chapter.  Mr. Staub established his Houston practice in 1923 and went on to become its best known residential designer.  Mr. Staub designed Ima Hogg’s house, Bayou Bend (now home of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s American decorative arts collection),  as well as many other houses in River Oaks, Shadyside and Broadacres.  In addition to Bayou Bend, houses designed by Mr. Staub in Beaumont, Dallas and Memphis Tennessee are now open to the public as house museums.  Mr. Staub’s non-residential work includes the parish house of Palmer Memorial Church, the Junior League Building, and the original River Oaks Country Club.  He is also responsible for the original library at the University of Houston, which is now the blue wing of the M.D. Anderson Library.  Click here to link to hear his entertaining and informative conversation with Robert Rick, who was then the AIA Houston Executive Director.
For more information, see these books in the Jenkins Library collection:  The Architecture of John F. StaubThe Country Houses of John F. Staub and John Fanz Staub and architecture in Houston, Texas, and the South: a selected bibliography.

Rare portfolio on Château de Malmaison now in the UH Digital Library

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A portfolio from the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Book Room has been digitized and placed online in the UH Digital Library.  Le Château de la Malmaison, habité par Napoléon 1st: décorations intérieures, mobilier, bronzes, etc. contains an introductory text and architectural plates of the Château de Malmaison, once the residence of Napoleon I.  Architects Charles Percier and Pierre François Léonard Fontaine designed the estate.  Click here to view this work.

New rare books now on view

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The following recent acquisitions to the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room are on display in the upper mezzanine:

Hanging by Robert Delford Brown, American performance and conceptual artist who founded, in 1964, the “First National Church of the Exquisite Panic.”

Twelve Persons in Graphic Design Today, a three-volume set presenting 12 revolutionary Japanese designers working in the 1960’s.

H.J. de Beijer Romers Oeuvre-Catalogus, a catalogue raisonne of de Beijer’s 18th century architectural views of the Netherlands.

A 1939 trade catalogue offering thermo-insulating boards and an 1890 trade catalog offering stamped metal work for interior and exterior architecture.

A 1940 competition booklet for Insulux Glass Block, which includes the submission by former UH College of Architecture professor Donald Barthelme, FAIA.

Newly digitized rare books from the Franzheim Rare Books Room

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Selections from the Franzheim Rare Books Room, a growing online collection within the University of Houston Digital Library, presents examples of notable works housed in the University of Houston’s Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room.  The room contains approximately 1000 rare or unique books, journals, and pamphlets on fine art and design.  Highlights of the collection include portfolios of building types, architectural product catalogs, and first editions of some of the 20th century’s greatest books on art and architecture.   The books in the collection date from the mid-16th century to artists’ books published in the 21st century.  The Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room is located within the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library on the first floor of the College of Architecture.

12 new books have just been added to the Selections from the Franzheim Rare Books Room collection:

Le Temple et le Marais. Volume I : motifs de décorations intérieures

http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/3595

Le Temple et le Marais. Volume II : décorations extérieures et intérieures

http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/4125

Le Faubourg Saint-Germain. Volume I : décorations extérieures et intérieures

http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/3700

Le Faubourg Saint-Germain. Volume II : décorations extérieures et intérieures

http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/4226

Le Faubourg Saint-Germain. Volume III : décorations extérieures et intérieures

http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/4852

Le Faubourg Saint-Germain. Volume IV : décorations extérieures et intérieures

http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/3801

Le Ministère de la marine : ancien garde-meuble de la couronne : construit par Gabriel de 1762 à 1772 : décorations extérieures et intérieures

http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/4375

Le Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Volume I : décorations extérieures et intérieures

http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/4739

Le Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Volume II : décorations extérieures et intérieures

http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/4631

L’Hôtel Lambert, construit par Le Vau en 1632 : décorations extérieures et intérieures

http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/4534

La Place Vendôme : dite aussi de Louis le Grand ou des Conquêtes : décorations extérieures et intérieures

http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/3494

Le Quartier Saint-Paul : décorations extérieures et intérieures

http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/frare/item/3924

Looking for course reserves?

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They are now in Blackboard under “Course Tools.”  Click here to access them directly.

Rare books currently on display

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The Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Collection boasts several recent acquisitions, which are currently on display in the Architecture & Art Library.  These include a number of architectural retail pamphlets, produced from 1880-1938, as well as recent works on Donald Judd and Austin’s built environment.  These new acquisitions will remain on view through the start of the Fall Semester.

Stayton and Ila Nunn interview now online

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The latest interview in the Building Houston collection of oral histories is actually the earliest.    In 1980 AIA Houston Executive Director Robert Rick interviewed architect Stayton Nunn and his wife Ila, who studied architecture at the Rice Institute sometime between 1918-1921 but was unable to complete her degree because women were not allowed on campus after 5 pm.  Mr. Nunn taught architecture at Rice from 1928-1945.  He worked for William Ward Watkin before starting his own practice, which he discusses in the interview.  You can link directly to their oral history here.  Building Houston is part of an ongoing joint project between the AIA Houston and the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library.

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