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Architectural sketches in the UH Digital Library

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Sketches Abroad has been digitized for the UH Digital Library.  The oversized portfolio features sketches made by Julius A. Schweinfurth during a nine month tour Spain, Italy, France, and the South Kensington Museum in 1886.  Mr. Schweinfurth earned a Rotch Travelling Fellowship from the Boston Society of Architects, which allowed him to travel and publish his sketches. He later became chief designer at Peabody and Sterns, one of the most prominent American firms of the late nineteenth century, before launching his own firm in 1895.  His notable works include several dormitories at Wellesley College and the Bradley Chapel at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, NY.  He and his family endowed the Schweinfurth Art Center, which continues to operate in Auburn.

This rare portfolio is part of the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library’s Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room collection.  Contact Catherine Essinger at cwessinger@uh.edu to schedule a time to view this or other rare books on art and design.

Installation by School of Art alumnus

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An installation of prints and multimedia artwork by UH alumnus Lisa Marie Kress is on view on the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library’s upper mezzanine through May 2018.  Ms. Kress, currently an instructor at the University of Houston-Downtown, earned her MFA from the UH School of Art in 2001.

Recent acquisitions in the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room

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The William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library has recently acquired a number of exceptional works for its Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room, thanks to the generous support of donors Edward Lukasek and Barry Moore, who donated titles from their personal collections, and the families of Howard Barnstone and Melita Franzheim, as well as Kenneth Franzheim II, all of whom established endowments that allow the library to acquire and maintain superb books on art, architecture and design.  The books listed below may viewed by appointment.  Contact Catherine Essinger at cwessinger@uh.edu for more information.

The alphabet of Francesco Torniello da Novara [1517 : Followed by a comparison with the alphabet of Fra Luca Pacioli]

L’architecture gothique religieuse en Catalogne, Valence et Baléares

L’art chrétien : son développement iconographique des origines à nos jour

Constant companions : [an exhibition of mythological animals, demons and monsters, phantasmal creatures and various anatomical assemblages, October 28-December 31, 1964]

Les débuts de la sculpture romane espagnole : Leon, Jaca, Compostelle

Designs for monuments : including grave stones, compartments, wall pieces and tombs on 40 plates

The earliest painted panels of Catalonia

The first book of architecture / by Andrea Palladio [The eleventh edition / corrected and enlarged : with a new model of the Cathedral of St. Paul, London.]

The four books of architecture / by Andrea Palladio … ; literally translated from the original Italian, by Isaac Ware … all the plates being engraved by the author’s own hand

The Four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John / with wood engravings by Hans Alexander Mueller

French cathedrals / by Benjamin Winkles

Legends of the monastic orders as represented in the fine arts : forming the second series of Sacred and Legendary art

Mineko Grimmer : Remembering Plato : the Menil Collection

Other voices : an exhibition of artifacts of religious and supernatural beliefs of other cultures: October 25-December 16, 1962, University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas

I qvattro libri dell’architettura di Andrea Palladio [Reprint of the 1570 edition by Consul Joseph Smith]

Screen tests : a diary / [by] Gerard Malanga and Andy Warhol

Town and country house painting : thirty-five colored illustrations showing the effect of various combinations of colors on houses, cottages and villas of different designs of architecture together with hints on painting and other useful information / edited and designed in the Paint Department of Harrison Bros. & Co.

Visionary architects : Boullée, Ledoux, Lequeu

Winkles’s architectural and picturesque illustrations of the cathedral churches of England and Wales