Category Archives: Avery in Print

Celebrating the publication of New York Rising

New York Rising : An Illustrated History from the Durst Collection
The Monacelli Press, 2018
Published in association with The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University

From the first European settlement in the seventeenth century through the skyscrapers and large-scale urban planning schemes of the late twentieth century, this book presents a broad historical survey, illustrated with images drawn largely from the rich archival resources of the Durst Collection at Avery Library. Authors Kate Ascher and Thomas Mellins with ten contributing scholars — the late Hilary Ballon, Ann Buttenwieser, Andrew Dolkart, David King, Reinhold Martin, Richard Plunz, Lynne B. Sagalyn, Hilary Sample, Russell Shorto, and Carol Willis — delved into the collection assisted by Chris Sala (Avery Architecture Librarian and Durst Collection curator) to select objects that reflect their own areas of interest and expertise.

Book reviews:

Kate Ascher and Tom Mellins interviewed by George Bodarky on “Cityscape.”

Zorn book on Lindbergh kidnapping case

Author Robert Zorn, whose book titled "Cemetery John" is about the Lindbergh Case, is at Avery Library Drawings & Archives studying the drawings of Delano & Aldrich who designed the Lindbergh residence as well as the Morrow residence in Englewood, NJ. 

There will be a NOVA special airing Jan. 30, 2013 relating to the case.

FL Wright Archives join collections of Avery and MoMA

Columbia University, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation have announced that the vast archives of Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867-1959) have been jointly acquired by the University and the Museum and will become part of their permanent collections. Wright is considered by many to be one of the 20th century’s most influential architects, a figure whose iconic work helped define modernism. The American Institute of Architects, in a recent national survey, recognized him as “the greatest American architect of all time.” 

The Archives add to Avery and MoMA existing collections of materials by Frank Lloyd Wright, and this joint acquisition signals a ground-breaking collaboration between the two institutions to insure long term access and preservation of the materials, at the same time providing opportunities to celebrate the collections through public programs and exhibitions, curricular integration, research interrogation and publications.       

Press Release
Columbia Libraries Press Release
Larkin Company Administration Building, Buffalo, NY. 1902-06
Image Credit: The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)


Avery in Modernism Magazine

Architect Wallace K. Harrison visited New York's Allied Arts Exhibition in 1931, and purchased the Aluminaire House for $1,000. Built of steel and aluminum, it was designed by Albert Frey and A. Lawrence Kocher. He had it dismantled and transported to a 25-acre site he had purchased in Huntington, Long Island, to serve as his weekend home.

Avery Library Drawings and Archives collection has photos and drawings of this house which were used in the recent article titled "Falling for Modern" by Andrea Truppin in Modernism Magazine Spring 2012, v.15, n.1.



photo. by Javier Haddad and Lenny Marks.

New York Crystal Palace


Read more about Avery’s unique image of the New York Crystal Palace in the new article by Julie Mellby in the History of Photography

by Janet Parks, Curator of Drawings & Archives

Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library now has a blog!

Welcome to the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library blog where we will post frequent updates on our collections, special events, digital projects as well as notices about ‘Avery on the road’ — Avery archival and rare collections on exhibit around the world, ‘Avery in the news’ — reviews and commentary from Avery staff about Avery topics in worldwide news outlets, ‘Avery Index to architectural periodicals’ — updates on our coverage, services, and new features