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Getty Villa construction records, 1960, 1964, 1968-1986, undated (bulk 1971-1974)

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Guide to the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa Construction Records, 1960, 1964, 1968-1986 and undated (bulk 1971-1974)

Scope and Content of Collection

Records consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports, legal and financial documents, drawings, blueline drawings, minutes, architectural models, photographic images, notes, printed matter, audiocassette tapes, lists, articles, clippings, indexes, contracts, drafts, amendments, permits, deeds, oral histories, and a bond, dating 1960, 1964, 1968-1986, undated (bulk 1971-1974), pertaining to the conceptual development and construction of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Villa). Norris Bramlett, Stephen Garrett, Langdon & Wilson, Norman Neuerburg, are especially prominent in the collection. Much of the correspondence consists of copies of outgoing letters and original incoming letters maintained by either Bramlett or Garrett; discussions concern Villa design, construction, maintenance, landscaping and irrigation, boundaries and easements, security, and various administrative and staff issues. Reports include material produced by Garrett for J. Paul Getty, site studies submitted to Langdon & Wilson, Architects, and "Specifications for Construction of the J. Paul Getty Museum" (and additional bulletins) produced by Langdon & Wilson. Legal documents include permits, permissions, and inspections required by the City of Los Angeles, a performance bond, guarantees and warranties, and contracts with the consultants and companies. Architects and consultants budgets record the budget estimates, invoices, and expenses of the architects and consultants who worked on the Villa construction project.

Dinwiddie Construction Co. records include minutes and supporting documentation summarize meetings held by Dinwiddie Construction Co. and attended by various contractors and consultants, job diaries filled out by the Dinwiddie site superintendent to document the ongoing construction, schedules, and budget, billing, and payroll files. An incomplete set of blueline prints and architectural drawings were created for the Villa construction project by Langdon & Wilson, the primary architects, and by Stephen Garrett, John S. Gregory Co, Emmet Wemple, Garth Benton, and David Wilkins. The drawings were used to describe, in technical detail, various aspect of the Villa building, from the overall site plan to cross-sectional views and to details of both mosaic floors and plumbing schematics.

Additional records include models representing the Decorative Arts Period Rooms of the Villa museum, photographs documenting the entire construction process, oral histories describing the development of the Villa, and a few printed materials.


The collection is organized into ten series:
Series I. Correspondence, 1968-1981;
Series II. Reports, 1968-1974;
Series III. Legal, 1968-1975;
Series IV. Architect and consultant budgets, 1968-1976;
Series V. Dinwiddie Construction Company records, 1970-1975;
Series VI. Blueline prints and architectural drawings, 1964, 1968, 1970-1977, undated;
Series VII. Models, 1972-1973, 1987, undated;
Series VIII. Photographs, 1969-1974, 1976, undated;
Series IX. Oral and written histories, 1972, 1980, 1986;
Series X. Printed matter and notes, 1960, undated.

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