Percival Goodman architectural records and papers

Percival Goodman architectural records and papers, 1929-1989.
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Percival Goodman, 1904-1989, "architect, interior designer, planner, teacher, author and critic, and artist and illustrator, began a seventy-year career in architecture at age thirteen as an apprentice to his architect uncle. A winner of the Society of Beaux-Arts Architects' 18th Paris Prize in Architecture in 1925, he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. returning to New York in the late 1920s profoundly affected by the work of Le Corbusier and other European modernists. In the 1930s he began his longstanding commitment to teaching, and became an important early contributor to American modernism through his work in architectural design, theory and criticism. The leading designer of synagogues in the post-World War II period, hew was a pioneer of modern religious architecture and in the use of modern art in a religious context."
"Goodman is well recognized as a theoretician of urban planning. He is the co-author of the highly regarded Communitas (1947, new editions in 1960 and 1990), which has been translated into Japanese, Spanish and Italian. Written with his brother, the social critic and author Paul Goodman, and illustrated with his drawings, this classic work analyzes a variety of modern city planning solutions and presents three original proposals or 'paradigms' for theoretical communities. In his book The Double E (1977), Goodman developed his social concerns and visionary thinking, focusing on the relationship between ecology, economy and planning. His sixty years of writing also includes articles for professional journals, book reviews, letters to editors, texts for government publications, lectures and symposia, as well as numerous unpublished manuscripts, such as his translation and adaptation of Auguste Choisy's L'Histoire de l'Architecture."
"A respected teacher, Goodman taught design and planning at Columbia University from 1946-1972, when he was appointed professor emeritus. He closed his architectural office in 1979, but continued to work as a design consultant. In his last decade he also undertook several theoretical and critical projects combining drawing and text, including 'An Illustrated Guide to Utopia," and 'A Direction for Post-Modern Revivalism'." -- Study Guide to the Percival Goodman Collection, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library / prepared by Joy Kestenbaum.
Organized into the following 11 series: I. Personal material & professional memorabilia. II. Projects & office job files and drawings, 1925-1989. III. General correspondence. IV. Columbia University, General & School of Architecture. V. Manuscripts: texts & related illustrations. VI. Lantern slides & glass color transparencies. VII. Oversize boxes. VIII. Metal box, labeled "Old clients, old addresses." IX. Exhibition boards. X. Oversize drawings. XI. Models.
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"The Goodman Collection contains the records of some sixty years of a prolific career in architecture, urban planning and theory (1929-1989). The collection consists of drawings, models, photographs, slides, professional correspondence and contracts, articles and unpublished manuscripts, teaching and lecture notes and personal and professional memorabilia, such as architectural licenses and certificates, as well as articles and clippings about his work. Included are photographs and records of his early work and projects; competition entries from all periods of his career; planning studies that Goodman undertook, including those he supervised as Professor of Design and Urban Planning at Columbia University's School of Architecture, as well as graduate student projects. A major component are the files of Goodman's post-World War II jobs (1946-79), primarily religious, institutional and domestic work, both built and unexecuted; this material contains a large collections of photographs as well as other documentation, primarily for the sixty-some synagogues that Goodman designed." -- Study Guide to the Percival Goodman Collection, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library / prepared by Joy Kestenbaum.
This collection is available for use by qualified readers by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please call (212) 854-4110 or email
Permission to publish must be obtained in writing from the Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, 1172 Amsterdam Ave., Mail Code 0301, New York, NY 10027.
Exhibitions: Percival Goodman : architect, planner, teacher, painter. Held at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Gallery, Columbia University, 14 Feb. to 31 March 2001.
Percival Goodman's collection of slides of his religious works are at the Jewish Museum, New York City.
Percival Goodman : architect, planner, teacher, painter / edited by Kimberly J. Elman and Angela Giral. New York : Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Gallery, Columbia University, 2001.
Goodman's drawings and papers previously on deposit at the University of Wyoming were transferred to Avery and now from part of the Goodman collection.
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