Rothschild Residence (Baltimore, MD) architectural records and drawings, 1948-1952
approx. 0.5 linear feet (in 2 manuscript boxes and 1 oversize folder)
The collection documents the design development and construction of the Randolph and Amalie Rothschild Residence in Baltimore, MD. The papers, collected by the owners, Randolph and Amalie Rothschild, consist primarily of correspondence, specifications, and floor plans and sketches by architect Percival Goodman. There is a significant amount of correspondence between the Rothschild's and Goodman regarding alterations to the design. This correspondence underscores the larger theme of client-architect relationships and its influence on the design process.
Biographical / Historical Note
Percival Goodman (1904-1989) was an American architect, teacher, urban planner, artist and writer. In a career that spanned more than sixty years, Goodman achieved renown as one of the most prolific synagogue architects in the United States and was instrumental in the development of a critical discourse around the building of modern religious architecture.
In the late 1940s, Randolph (1909-2003) and Amalie Rothschild commissioned architect Percival Goodman to design their residence in Baltimore, MD. Randolph Rothschild was an insurance lawyer and president of Chamber Music Society of Baltimore and Amalie Rothschild (1916-2001) was an accomplished artist. Randolph and Amalie Rothschild married in 1936.
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