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Richard J. Pavlicek photographs, 1949

Identifier: 006.06.28

Vintage black and white photographs of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Illinois Institute of Technology Department of Architecture students, ca. 1949. All photos are believed to have been taken by Richard J. Pavlicek. The photographs include:

  1. Five prints of the graduation party for the Class of 1949, which was a class trip to Indiana Sand Dunes for a picnic. The photographs include a group of 21 students, including 1 woman. One shows several students with Mies van der Rohe in suit and hat in the background. Another photograph of faculty member Alfred Caldwell with Ken Goslyn and Mark Finfer (2 copies of same image), and one of Alfred Caldwell and Mies walking along shoreline.
  2. Four prints of Mies van der Rohe, one shows him lighting a cigar. The photos are marked "Graduate Picnic at the Indiana Dunes," but may be a different day as Mies is wearing and overcoat, checkered shirt, and no hat.
  3. One print of Alex Corazzo and daughter as a toddler, dated 1949. Corazzo attended The New Bauhaus in 1937.
  4. Six prints of classroom images of architecture faculty members and students when the architecture department was located in Alumni Memorial Hall in 1949. The following faculty members are pictured: Ludwig Hilberseimer, Urban and Regional Planning instructor; Alfred Caldwell, professor of architecture; Daniel Brenner and (James ?) Spire, both associate professor of architecture; Walter Peterhans, professor of art history.
  5. One print of Illinois Institute of Technology's Alumni Memorial Hall building, circa 1949.
  6. Four B&W negatives of Institute of Design students, and possibly a faculty member, with projects in classroom.
  7. Three 4x5" B&W negatives of class projects, perhaps by Pavlicek when he was a student at Institute of Design.


  • Creation: 1949


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

1 Folders : 3x5" photographic prints.

Biographical Note

Richard J. Pavlicek attended Mechanical Arts High School in St. Paul and earned a scholarship to the St. Paul School of Art, which he attended in 1935-37. Afterwards, he attended the New Bauhaus in Chicago. Pavlicek worked directly with Karel Dodal, who was considered the Walt Disney of Czechoslavkia and headed up the Visual Education department at the University of Minnesota. From 1940-41 Pavlicek lived with Gerome Kamrowski in his New York City art studio and began collecting and producing art. From October 1941 until February 1943, Pavlicek worked as a civilian with the Army Air Force in the Training Film Preparation Unit and was inducted into the Army Air Force where he remained until 1946. He returned to Chicago in 1946 to attend the University of Illinois and the Illinois Institute of Technology, earning his architecture degree in 1949. Pavlicek graduated in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in architecture. From 1949 until 1982, Pavlicek successfully worked for numerous major architectural engineering firms in St. Paul, Chicago, and New York. He opened his own firm in 1982 and continued to work as a professional architect and consultant thru 1991. Some of his significant works include: Project Manager for the State Department in Washington D.C., the addition and renovation of the south wing at the Detroit Institute of Arts, numerous large scale automotive assembly plant buildings (40 acres in size) throughout greater Detroit, the new power plant at Wagner and Scio Church Road, among others.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly 2014.023

Related Material

2013.016 Pavlicek Collection


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist

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