Specializing in single-family residences, the Leenhouts firm was locally well known for its regional modernist style and utilization of passive solar technologies. It was in existence from 1945 to 1990. The digital collection includes over 80 drawings of 11 projects - a very small sample of the more than 6,000 drawings in the archival collection. Selected drawings demonstrate the range of projects undertaken by the firm - primarily residential, but also public buildings and urban development projects - from the mid-1940s through the 1980s.
Robin Leenhouts, daughter of Willis and Lillian, donated the bulk of the firm's archives to the UWM Libraries in December 2002 and September 2005. The archival collection consists primarily of project records pertaining to over 500 built and unbuilt projects. The vast majority of these are single- or multi-family residences in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. The Wisconsin Architectural Archive, a special collection of the Milwaukee Public Library Central Branch, holds final drawings by the Leenhouts of built projects, some of which are duplicated in the holdings of the UWM Libraries.
A finding aid of the physical collection at the UWM Libraries, which includes a detailed note on the history of the firm, is available online at http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-mil-uwmmss0223
The drawings and sketches were scanned at the UWM Libraries using a large overhead scanner. The resulting digital master files in TIFF format are stored at the UWM Libraries. Access images in JPEG2 format were created from the TIFF files and uploaded into CONTENTdm software for Web delivery. High resolution digital images ocan be ordered using the online Image Order form.
The drawings were described following the guidelines, standards, and conventions provided byA Guide to the Description of Architectural Records. The Getty's Art & Architecture Thesauruswas consulted for a standard vocabulary of representations and views.
Michael Doylen, Head, Archives, UWM Libraries
Krystyna K. Matusiak, Digital Collections Librarian, UWM Libraries
Dang-Giao T Nguyen, Digitization Intern, Digitization Unit, UWM Libraries
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