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Getty Center site planning and construction photographs, 1947, 1958, 1963, 1978, 1982, 1984-1997, undated (bulk 1984-1997)

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Guide to the Getty Center Site Planning and Construction Photographs, 1947-1997, undated

Scope and Content of Collection

Records comprise photographic prints, contact sheets, slides, transparencies, and negatives, dating 1947-1997 (bulk 1984-1997), that were created, collected, and maintained by the J. Paul Getty Trust Building Program. The images document the planning and building of the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California by Richard Meier & Partners and the Dinwiddie Construction Company.

The photographic records cover ground and aerial views of the Getty Center site before, during and after construction; the design of the Central Garden; visits to other art and cultural institutions; events related to planning and construction; images of both architectural drawings and models; and documentation of the stone materials used in the construction. Photographers represented include Vladimir Lange, Joe Deal, Dennis Keeley, Bruce Bourassa, Paul Slaughter, Charles Pasella, Tom Bonner, Dave Margolf and Jock Pottle along with Getty Staff members Steve Rountree, Tim Whalen, Ellen Wirth, Gloria Gerace, and Don Williamson. The majority of the aerial images can be attributed to Warren Aerial Photography, Inc.

Fairly precise counts of images have been provided for each file based on the total number of images in each format including duplicates. Dimensions are related in inches unless otherwise noted.


The records are organized into eight series:

Series I. Views of the Getty Center site and surrounding area, 1947, 1958, 1963, 1978, 1982, 1984-1997, and undated (bulk 1984-1997);

Series II. Central Garden, circa 1995, 1996, and undated;

Series III. Visits to other sites, 1984-1992, 1994, and undated;

Series IV. Events, 1984-1997;

Series V. Photographs of architectural models, 1982, 1986-1994, and undated;

Series VI. Photographs of architectural drawings, 1987-1988, 1990-1994, and undated;

Series VII. Stone and quarries, 1990-1994;

Series VIII. Miscellaneous images, 1982-1997, and undated.

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