Roger Halle papers and architectural drawings, 1943-1992

Roger Halle papers and architectural drawings, 1943-1992
11.5 linear feet : 11 archival boxes, 2 oversize boxes, and 16 rolls
The collection is made up of three series: Professional Papers, Halle Building System, and Architectural Drawings.
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This collection documents primarily with writings, correspondences, research material, patent documents and architectural drawings of Halle's devoted career in developing ways to reduce the cost of building and housing construction.
Biographical / Historical Note
Roger Halle (1919-1993), a research architect who devoted his professional practice to reducing the cost of construction. After receiving a graduate degree in architecture from Princeton University, he worked for several architectural firms; and later started his own practice in New York City and Caracas, Venezuela.
Halle held 12 patents in 17 countries for his work. In 1964, he introduced the Halle Building System, and in 1972 he established Halle Building System Company Inc. He wrote many articles to promote his ideas on how to build more with less cost and was published in several publication including Architecture & Engineering News, Progressive Architecture, and The New York Times. He also gave talks and lectures at Princeton University, New York Institute of Technology and HUD-NIBS Conference.
This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please call (212) 854-4110 or email
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Acquired On
September 5, 2013
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