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Architecture and Design Collections in the University Archives: Home

Last Updated: Jan 8, 2024 3:28 PM


In addition to its collections documenting the history of the University at Buffalo, the University Archives has over 200 collections related to the history of Western New York.  These rich historic collections compliment the research interests of faculty and students or document regional organizations and events.  Major collecting areas include environmental issues and organizations, women's history, education and social activism.  This guide highlights the University Archives' architecture and design collections.

Images from the University Archives' Architecture and Design Collections

Architectural elevation of the Bricka and Enos Department Store

Architectural elevation of the Bricka and Enos Department Store, from MS-0262: The Zina Bethune collection on Louise Bethune

Image ID: MS-0262_MC6_7_2_001     Photo by Julie Pavlock

A small, transparent model of the Guggenheim Museum used to analyze Frank Lloyd Wright's design.

A photo-elastic stress analysis model for the Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, from the collection MS-0048: The J.J. Polivka papers.

Image ID: MS-0048_polivka321

A color drawing or painting of the Darwin D. Martin House.

The front view of Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House, from MS-0022-0005: Darwin D. Martin Photographs.

Image ID: MS-0022-0005_1_2

A section of the exterior wall of Temple Beth Zion is open and lined with scaffolding.  A construction worker and tools are seen at the bottom of the scaffolding.

Temple Beth Zion, Buffalo, New York under construction in 1966, from collection MS0156: Temple Beth Zion records, 1864-2008.

Image ID: MS-0156_121_6_035

An ornamental terra cotta brick.

An ornamental terra cotta brick designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, from collection MS-0271: Architectural Fragments from the Imperial Hotel (Tokyo, Japan).

Image ID: MS0271_6_001     Photo by Julie Pavlock

A low, caterpillar shaped, tent-like inflatable building.

The Amherst Bubble is an example of the light-weight, inflatable buildings designed by Birdair Inc. It served as recreational facilities for the University at Buffalo North Campus from 1975-1984. MS-0154: The Walter Bird papers.

Image ID: UA_21XX_17

A large flat wooden box with a hinged lid holds approximately 50 carved wooden crystals of various shapes.

Pearwood models of crystals, made by Dr. F. Krantz, from MS-0139: The William S. Huff papers on the Hochschule fur Gestaltung (HfG), Ulm, Germany.

Image ID: NJP_9558     Photo by Julie Pavlock

The main house and grounds of Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff viewed from the southwest

The main house and grounds of Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff viewed from the southwest, from collection MS-0022-0005: Darwin D. Martin photographs

Image ID: MS_0022-0005_1098

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