William Muschenheim, (1902-1990), was a modernist architect in New York in the 1930s. Muschenheim attended Williams College, 1919-21; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1921-1924; Behrens Master School of Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria, 1925-29. He received the Behrens Prize in 1926, and taught at the University of Michigan from 1950-1973. His work includes major alterations to the Hotel Astor, NY; Marine Transportation Building, 1939 New York World's Fair; S.R. Guggenheim Museum for Non-Objective Art, 1939; and numerous alterations to penthouses, apartment houses and private residences. Muschenheim also worked for Peabody, Wilson & Brown, and Joseph Urban.
Organized by job numbers: 1-130, with gaps between jobs 11-17, 25-26, 28-29. Each job number may represent more than one project, and each client received a single job number no matter how many projects Muscheneheim may have done for them.
Arrangement: by job number (1-130) and project name(s). The jobs are listed numerically according to Muschenheim's original filing system.
Architectural drawings, correspondence, accounts, estimates, specifications, invoices, contracts, samples, invoices, and other material related to William Muschenheim's projects. The William Muschenheim Architectural Drawings and Papers span 1929-1957, with bulk dates 1931-1950. Muschenheim's papers document 130 separate jobs, and the visual material, (described in RLIN VIM), consists of 3081 sheets of drawings. The projects mainly represent Muschenheim's work in New York City, but also include work in Albany (NY), Amenia (NY), Bridgehampton (NY), Chappaqua (NY), Hampton Bays (NY), Malverne (NY), Massapequa (NY), Nassau Point (Long Island), Washington (CT), Washington DC, Westhampton Beach (NY), and Woodstock (NY), among other locations. William Muschenheim also had numerous clients which included the following family members: Carl Muschenheim, Elsa Muschenheim, and Frederick A. Muschenheim. In addition to the many clients for whom he did alteration work, Muschenheim also worked with a wide variety of companies including Bigelow Carpet Company, C.G. Flygare Inc., Excel Metal Cabinet Co., F. Schumacher & Co., Famaes Development, Hans Knoll, Howard & Schaffer, Inc., Kurt Versen Lamps, Inc., Ledlin Light Designers, Portland Cement Association, and Thonet Brothers, among many others.
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The architectural drawings from this collection have been cataloged separately, by building project, in CLIO. The finding aid for this collection contains the related call numbers and other related information. Jobs for which there are no drawings, (i.e. no CLIO records), have been traced in the 600 fields of this record. They are: job 1 (Frederick A. Muschenheim), job 45 (Lawrence A. Kocher), job 46 (NYCOS), job 76 (Rudolf Serkin), job 97 (Edgar V. Bythiner), job 116 (W.A. Cooper), and job 117 (Joseph Aronson). It is also worth noting that there are CLIO records for which there are no job numbers. They are: NYDA94-F26 through NYDA94-F29. The total number of related CLIO records for this collection is 149.