This collection primarily includes black and white and color photographic prints of approximately 100 buildings designed by the American architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in locations throughout the United States. circa 1945-1969. Buildings depicted include the American Republic Insurance Company, Des Moines, Iowa; Chase Manhattan Bank, New York City; Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Bloomfield, Conn.; Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Mich.; H.J. Heinz Company, Ltd., Hayes Park, Middlesex, England; Istanbul Hilton Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey; Lever House, New York City; Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, New York City; New York Hospital, New York City; Royall National Bank, Palestine, Tex.; Union Carbide Corporation, New York City; and Wausau Hospital, Wausau, Wis. A few projects from Belgium, China, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela are also represented. View types include models, architectural drawings, buildings under contruction, interior and exterior views of completed structures, and aerial views. Most images are mounted individually on boards; a small group of images is bound for presentation. Lastly, several images of the SOM partners at a meeting in Japan and a few published materials with photographic illustrations are also included. Many of the images were taken by significant photographers, including Lee Boltin, Vories Fisher, Hedrich-Blessing, James S. Hornbeck, and Ezra Stoller.
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