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Frederic Lyman papers, 1923-2001

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Lyman (Frederic) Papers

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Series I. Architectural projects, 1956-2001, undated 106.3 Linear Feet (20 boxes, 101 flatfile folders, 11 boxed rolls)
Documentation of Lyman's projects as an independent architect forms Series I. The forty-eight projects represented in the archive range from early work as Lyman started his own practice to projects begun shortly before his death. The archive is not comprehensive, however, as many projects listed in Lyman's resume are not found here, and with few exceptions all the correspondence, calculations, and press coverage related to the projects is absent. The projects preserved here show the character of Lyman's practice: primarily residential, with a very small number of commercial, civic and institutional projects. Also documented are Lyman's frequent collaborations in the early years of his practice, including work with Bernard Zimmerman, John G. Espinoza, David Ming-Li Lowe and Niels Stoermer.
Lyman's drawings are the core of the series. Over 1800 drawings, both originals and reprographic prints, represent the range of the architectural design process, including preliminary drawings and sketches, working drawings and renderings. Lyman's richly shaded Prismacolor renderings are especially noteworthy and the archive holds over 100 examples of them. For half the projects, photographs in the forms of prints and slides, including work by Marvin Rand, record sites, construction and the finished structure, as well as models and drawings. In addition to these photographs of Lyman's models, the archive contains models for the Lyman House and Hood House.
For each project, a project date and a location are provided in parentheses, when known. The project dates are taken primarily from Lyman's resume and project lists. The date following the parentheses represents the actual creation date of the materials in the archive, and as such may be earlier or later than the project date. Project locations are in California unless otherwise noted. For some Los Angeles area projects, a more precise neighborhood location is also given. For the architectural drawings, the term "standard" refers to drawings 36" x 48" or smaller, with larger drawings indicated as "oversize." For the photographs, the term "standard" refers to prints and negatives 8" x 10" or smaller, with larger items indicated as "oversize."
Arrangement
The projects are arranged in rough chronological order by project date with undated material at the end of the series.
Flatfile
1** Greitzer Duplex (?) (1957, Los Angeles [Hollywood Hills]), undated
Flatfile
2** Schindler House/King's Road Office furniture (1958, West Hollywood), 1958, undated
Novak House (1959), undated
Photographs of renderings only.
box folder
3 1 Black-and-white print
box folder
12 1 Color prints, negative
Flatfile
3**-4** Lewinson House (1959, Los Angeles [Crestwood Hills]), 1956, undated
One print lists John G. Espinosa as Associate.
Altshuler House (1959, Los Angeles [Sherman Oaks]), 1959-1989, undated
Bernard Zimmerman, Architect, with Lyman as Associate.
box folder
3 2 Documentation
Flatfile
9** Drawings
Photographs
Photographs of the model, construction and the finished structure, including photographs made by Marvin Rand.
Black-and-white prints
box folder
3 3-7 Standard
box folder
8 3 Oversize
Color prints, negatives
box folder
12 2 Standard
box folder
8 4 Oversize
Lyman Las Flores House (1960, Malibu), 1956-1997, undated
Drawings
Flatfile
10** Topographic and site plans
Includes landscaping plan by Donald M. Roberts.
Flatfile
11**-14** Preliminary and working drawings
Flatfile
15**-16** Working drawing sets
Flatfile
17**-19** Sketches on tissue
Flatfile
20** Renderings and detailed elevations
box
10* Bound set of renderings and working drawings
Flatfile
20A** Mounted rendering
Photographs
Photographs of the model, construction and the finished structure, including photographs made by Grant Studios/Grant Photography, Tetsuo Shibata, Rex MacDonald(?), Carol De Marinis, Paul and Annette La Porte and Marvin Rand.
Black-and-white prints
box
1-2 Standard
box folder
8 1 Oversize
Color prints, Polaroids, transparencies and negatives
box
11 Standard
box folder
8 2 Oversize
box
31** Model
Finegold Ranch (1960, Fresno), 1959, undated
Multiple structures for a summer camp, including Hickman Tower.
Drawings
Flatfile
5**-8** Standard
box
20** Oversize
Photographs
Photographs of the site, construction and a finished structure.
box folder
3 8 Black-and-white prints
box folder
12 3 Color prints, negatives
Mankiewicz House (1960, Los Angeles), 1960-1961, undated
Flatfile
21**-22** Drawings
Flatfile
23**-27** Presentation boards
Varying schemes with original renderings, photographs of renderings and prints of drawings.
Photographs of drawings
box folder
3 9 Black-and-white prints, photostats
box folder
12 4 Color prints, Polaroids, negatives
Flatfile
29** Mindess House alterations and addition (1961), undated
Park Hill Estates (1961, Riverside), undated
With David Ming-Li Lowe; tract also called Park View Estates on the drawings.
Drawings
box
9* Set with tract map, sample plans and renderings
Spiral bound reduced-scale prints.
Flatfile
30**-33** Mounted renderings
Flatfile
28** Presentation board
Photographs
Photographs of construction and completed model homes.
box folder
3 10 Black-and-white prints
Color prints, transparencies, negatives
box folder
12 5 Standard
box folder
8 5 Oversize
Jacobs House alterations (1962, Los Angeles [Cheviot Hills]), 1962, undated
With David Ming-Li Lowe.
flatfile
34** Drawings
box folder
3 11 Structural calculations
Flatfile
35** O'Neal House alterations and additions (1962), undated
Dougherty House (1962), undated
Flatfile
35A** Rendering
box folder
12 8 Photographs
Color prints of rendering and black-and-white print of plan.
Flatfile
38** British Motor Car Garage (1962), undated
San Gabriel Valley Tribune Printing Plant (1963, West Covina), 1965, undated
Lyman's firm listed as Community Design Associates on drawings; in association with Dickenson & Cain, Cleveland.
Flatfile
39**-40** Drawings
Photographs
Photographs of the model, construction and the finished structure, including photographs made by Marvin Rand and Fred Welch.
box folder
4 1-3 Black-and-white prints
box folder
13 2 Color prints, negatives
Flatfile
85** Unidentified residential project (circa 1963) undated
Lyman's firm listed as Community Design Associates on drawing.
Starr House (1964, Los Angeles [Mandeville Canyon]), 1960, 1963, undated
Flatfile
36**-37** Drawings
Includes 1960 plan for the lot by D. Wallace Benton and Donald Park. Also includes plan/rendering for different house/site; for same client(?)
box folder
12 9 Photographs
Press-Courier Building, alterations and additions to printing plant (1964, Oxnard), 1964, undated
Stoermer-Lyman & Associates.
Flatfile
41** Drawings
Photographs
box folder
4 4 Black-and-white print
box folder
12 6 Color prints
box folder
4 4 Clipping
Micheletti House (1964, Malibu), 1965, undated
Lyman's firm listed as Community Design Associates on drawings.
Flatfile
42**-43** Drawings
Photographs
Photographs of construction and the finished structure, including photographs made by Marvin Rand, Tom Russo and Carol De Marinis.
box folder
4 5-7 Black-and-white prints
Color prints, transparencies, negatives
box folder
12 7 Standard
box folder
8 6 Oversize
Malibu Monorail (1964, Malibu), undated
Flatfile
45** Renderings
One rendering used as announcement for office move to the Las Flores House.
box folder
13 1 Color photographs of renderings
Hood House (1965, Wisconsin) 1964-1970, undated
Drawings
box
21** Topographic and siting plans
Preliminary drawings, elevations, details
Flatfile
46**-48** Standard
box
22**-24** Oversize
Working drawings
Flatfile
49** Standard
box
25**-26** Oversize
Flatfile
50** Decision making and completion charts
Flatfile
51** Tissue sketches
Flatfile
52** Renderings
box
27** Furnishing plans
Photographs
Photographs of the site, models, and a visit to the Lyman house by the Hoods in 1968, including photographs made by Tom Russo.
box folder
5 1-10 Black-and-white prints
box
14-15 Color prints, Polaroids, slides, negatives
box
32** Model: Scheme II
Ingham Pool (1967, Seattle, Washington), 1968, undated
Drawings
Flatfile
44** Standard
box
28** Oversize
Photographs
Photographs of construction and the finished structure, including photographs made by Marvin Rand and Gene Harmon.
box folder
5 11 Black-and-white prints
Color prints, slides, transparencies, negatives
box folder
16 1 Standard
box folder
8 7 Oversize
Thompson House (1968, Malibu), 1968, undated
box folder
5 12 Specifications
Flatfile
53**-55** Drawings
box folder
16 2 Photographs of drawings
Flatfile
56** Gerritsen House (1968, Malibu), 1968, undated
Includes scheme by David Ming-Li Lowe. Some drawings marked as "plaintiff's exhibit."
Maslon House remodel (1969, Cathedral City), 1969, undated
Drawings
Flatfile
57**-58** Standard
box
29** Oversize
box folder
16 3 Photographs
Jensen House (1970), 1970, undated
Flatfile
59** Drawings
box folder
16 4 Photographs
Black-and-white Polaroids of model and color prints of party at house.
Lyman Speculative House (1971, Malibu), 1971, undated
Drawings
Flatfile
66** Standard
box
30** Oversize
box folder
16 5 Photographs of model
Ingham Houseboat (1971, Seattle, Washington), 1971-1972, undated
Includes schemes by Gerry J. Copeland.
box folder
5 13 Documentation
Includes decision making charts and small sketches and drawings.
Flatfile
60**-65** Drawings
Photographs
Photographs of the model and drawings.
box folder
5 14 Black-and-white prints
box folder
16 6 Color prints
Flatfile
67** Abbot House (1972), 1972
Flatfile
70** Seattle Museum of Art, Entrance Ramp (1972, Seattle, Washington), 1972
Howard Veterinary Laboratory (1972, Brawley, California), 1972-1973, undated
Flatfile
68**-68A** Drawings
Includes drawings signed Stevenson/Sanders for a residential addition for James Howard.
Photographs
Photographs of the model, site, construction and the finished structure, including photographs made by Marvin Rand.
box folder
6 1-4 Black-and-white prints
Color prints, Polaroids, negatives
box folder
17 1 Standard
box folder
8 8 Oversize
box folder
18 1 Slides
Flatfile
69** Pratt House alterations and additions (1973), 1973, undated
Blau House (1974, Malibu), 1974, 1977, undated 43 drawings
Flatfile
71** Drawings
box folder
6 5 Photographs of site
Flatfile
72** Lyman House extension (1975, Malibu), 1959, 1975, 1977, undated
Flatfile
74** Guthman House alterations and additions (1975, Los Angeles [Pacific Palisades]), 1975
Cooper Trellis (1975), 1975, undated
Flatfile
73** Drawings
Photographs
Photographs of the site, construction and the finished structure. Also includes photographs of a model of an outdoor fireplace(?).
box folder
6 6 Black-and-white prints
box folder
16 7 Color prints and negatives
Flatfile
75**-76** Gourrich House addition (1976, Beverly Hills), 1976-1977, undated
Flatfile
77** Weber House (1977), 1977
Flatfile
78** Jensen House remodel (1977), 1977, undated
Flatfile
79**-80** Aronson House (1977, Malibu), 1977, undated
Hooker House (1977, Malibu), 1960, 1977-1978, undated
Flatfile
81**-83** Drawings
box folder
18 2 Slides
Deerhill House (1981, Topanga), 1981, undated
Flatfile
84** Drawings
box folder
16 8 Photographs and transparency of rendering
Flatfile
90** Sebeka Library (Sebeka, Minnesota), 1993-1998
Flatfile
91** Katherine S. Lyman Studio (Taos, New Mexico), 1996-2001
Flatfile
86**-89** Ingham Institute of Environmental Design (1998-2000, Sebeka, Minnesota), 1969, 1988, 1998-2000, undated
Flatfile
94** Ingham Trellis (Seattle, Washington), undated
Flatfile
92** Billings House , undated
Flatfile
93** Wood House , undated
Fantasy and unidentified projects, undated
Flatfile
95**-96** Drawings
box folder
18 3 Photographs
box folder
19 1 Mixed negative rolls, undated
Series II. Miscellaneous professional and personal papers, circa 1923-1975, undated 4.2 linear feet (1 box, 8 flatfile folders)
Series II comprises miscellaneous personal and professional material. Various materials, including Lyman's resume and project lists; examples of his student work from Yale, including material relating to his senior thesis, a rough-hewn wood and stone dairy barn; and reproductions of Lyman's early work as a draftsman for the firms of Copeland, Grant, Chervenak in Seattle and Neutra and Alexander, form the bulk of the series. Also included are a small number of family-related papers.
Arrangement
The series is arranged by type of material.
box folder
7 1 Resume and project lists, circa 1970-1975
Student work, 1950-1953
Includes class assignments and materials related to Lyman's thesis project.
Flatfile
99**-102** Drawings
box folder
7 2 Photographs and photostats of drawings, models and site
Early work for other firms, 1954-1957
Flatfile
97** Work for Copeland, Grant, Chervenak, Seattle, 1954-1955
Portfolio of prints of working drawings, most signed by Lyman, for three apartment buildings, includes title page with photographs.
box folder
7 3 Work for Neutra and Alexander, Los Angeles, 1955-1957
Includes photographs of St. John's College campus, with photographs made by Joseph W. Molitor and Julius Shulman, and photographs of renderings for unidentified projects.
Materials related to Lyman's work with the Los Angeles chapter of the AIA, 1982, undated
box folder
7 4 Papers, undated
Includes letterhead envelope and photograph of Kamnitzer and Cotton(?) project model.
box folder
8 9 "Concepts," 1982
Article published in LA Architect.
Flatfile
104** 360° perspective charts, undated
Flatfile
103** Charts of ratios of national birthrates to per capita incomes after 1970, after 1992
box folder
7 5 Portraits of Lyman, 1971, undated
Photographs by Cory Buckner and Wayne Wilcox.
Family documents, circa 1923-1933, undated
Flatfile
98** Prints of architectural drawing by Frederic P. Lyman II, circa 1923-1933
box folder
19 2 Family photographs, undated
Includes negatives of house of Agnes Partridge, Lyman's maternal grandmother; negatives of young Lyman with friends at Yale (?).


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