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Alschuler, Alfred S. (Alfred Samuel), 1876-1940

 Person

Biography

Alfred S. Alschuler (1876 - 1940) was a Chicago-born architect who studied at the Art Institute and Armour Institute of Technology, receiving a B. A. in Architecture from AIT in 1899 and an honorary M. A. in 1904. Alschuler served as a member of the Armour Alumni Association and the Board of Trustees. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Illinois Institute of Technology Board of Trustees. Alschuler founded the architectural firm of Alschuler, Friedman and Sincere early in his professional career. He was the first architect in Chicago to use reinforced concrete when he built a department store at 12th and Halsted Sts. in 1900. He also set 17 feet as the unit dimension for offices, a figure which by 1958 had become the industry standard. Alschuler's son, Alfred S. Alschuler, Jr. (1911 - 2002), studied architecture at Harvard and MIT before returning to Chicago where he worked in his father's architectural firm and the successor firm, Friedman, Alschuler and Sincere which was formed after Alschuler, Sr.'s death. Alschuler, Jr. reportedly worked with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and was involved with buildings built on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Alschuler Campus Plan brochures, 1940

 Collection
Identifier: 037.02.16
Description of the Collection

Printed brochure published by Illinois Institute of Technology showing the "Campus Plan" (buildings and grounds design) done by architect Alfred S. Alschuler. The campus development proposal included buildings to be used by IIT and Armour Research Foundation.

Dates: 1940

Buildings and Grounds collection, 1937-1956

 Collection
Identifier: 029.03.09
Description of the Collection Collection includes "File # 204" (probably refers to account number), which consists of financial documents relating to landscaping of "A.P.D. Building" (Architecture, Planning and Design, i.e., S. R. Crown Hall). Bulks with purchase requisitions and work orders. Also some bid and work correspondence, including memo signed by Alfred Caldwell.Other materials (probably not originally part of File #204) are photos of campus plans. Included are reproductions of drawings of Alfred S....
Dates: 1937-1956; Majority of material found in 1955-1956

John P. Makielski papers, 1940-1950

 Collection
Identifier: 038.01.41
Description of the Collection

Various printed materials from John Makielski, who served as Assistant to John Rettaliata and as Registrar. The materials relate to the development of the Illinois Institute of Technology campus including booklets, reprints, photographs, and campus plan images documenting concepts of an emerging campus.

Dates: 1940-1950

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