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Sidney Epstein photographs, 1968

Identifier: 006.06.31

Four photographs taken at the Graham Foundation in Chicago of a meeting of representatives of the four Chicago firms that were hired by the General Services Administration to design and construct the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse and the Kluczynski Federal Building. These photos were probably taken in or around 1968 as Mies was present that day and died in the summer of 1969. Three of the photographs feature Mies alone, either seated at a table (1) or standing next to a bust of himself (2). The final photograph shows a table surrounded by the firms' representatives. They have been partially indentified by one who had been in attendance (Sidney Epstein). On the right side of the table, from foreground and then back, is: 1) Sidney Epstein; 2) Mies van der Rohe; 3) An unknown representative from Schmidt, Gardner, and Erikson. On the left side of the table (from foreground to back), starting with the first man who is fully in the picture: 1) Bruno Conterator; 2) Charles Murphy (looking to his left); 3) Raymond Epstein. Sidney Epstein was (as of 2013) not able to identify the men at the narrow ends of the table, nor the two men facing each other at the far end.


  • Creation: 1968

Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

2 Files

Biographical / Historical

Four Chicago firms were hired by the General Services Administration to design and construct the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse and the Kluczynski Federal Building in Chicago. The project, and meetings of the principals, spanned seven years (ca. 1967-1974). The four firms were A. Epstein and Sons International, Charles Murphy, Mies van der Rohe, and Schmnidt, Gardner, and Erikson. During the seven years, the four firms met once a month, usually at the Graham Foundation building, to coordinate details. A. Epstein and Sons International was usually represented by Sidney and Raymond Epstein. Mies' firm was represented by himself and usually Bruno Conterato. Murphy's firm was represented by himself and Charles Murphy, Jr. Schmidt, Gardner, and Erickson representatives rotated frequently over the years.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is divided into two series. Series I. This incorporates manuscript material ready for research use. It includes eight (8) 3" x 5" B&W prints of the four described photographs (two copies each). Also, Sidney Epstein's May 29, 2013 letter (2 pp.) to Catherine Bruck, University Archivist, Illinois Institute of Technology. Series II. This incorporates the B&W negatives for the four described photographs.


Received by IIT Archives from Sidney Epstein, under cover letter dated May 29, 2013

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly 2013.010


Mindy C. Pugh, Assistant University Archivist

Part of the Paul V. Galvin Library. University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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