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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.

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