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Mies van der Rohe photographs, 1930

Identifier: 006.06.10

Two monochrome photos, both oversize and mounted for exhibition. Item .1 is a 45 x 35 interior view of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion and shows white Barcelona chairs and stools, black marble walls, one interior column, ceiling, tile floor, and exterior window walls. The view, with high shadow contrast, shows reflections and images of surrounding sculptures, gardens and structures in and through the glass walls. Markings on back of mount are as follows: Lower left, handwritten in blue ink: Please Note: 1. This is an original photo brought from Europe by Mies van der Rohe in late 30's. 2. Was a gift by Mies van der Rohe to Ed. Austin Duckett 3. Is now a gift to David Bryant from Duckett, March 17, 1985 [Signed] Ed A. Duckett 1319 Rodes Ave. Bowling Green, KY 42101 502-842-7351 In red pencil: 3. Typed paper label: Reichspavillon/Int. Ausstellung Barcelona. Purple ink stamp: Atelier Mies Van Der Rohe Berlin W. 35 AM- Karlsbad 24. Item .2 is a 22 x 30 monochrome image of the interior the 1887 Paris Exposition's Gallery of Machines with markings on back of mount as follows. [Note: find a good quality 8x10" reproduction of this image in Acc. No. 2007.055/Folder: Prints Not Used in Catalogue


  • Creation: 1930

Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted Collection

Collection Size

2 Item

Biographical Note

Edward Austin Duckett was a student at IIT (1944-1945), an IIT architecture faculty member (1945-1946) and a member of Mies' atelier (1944-1965). Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) was recruited in 1938 by Armour Institute of Technology, Chicago. Mies was given the title Professor of Architecture and Director of the Architectural Curriculum. Following the merger of Armour with Lewis Institute (another Chicago technical college) to create Illinois Institute of Technology, Mies held the same position and titles at IIT. He became Professor of Architecture and Director of the Architecture Department in 1949 after a reorganization of the curriculum. Upon a further reorganization of the Architecture Department in 1951, his title was changed to Professor of Architecture and Director of the Department of Architecture and City Planning. After his retirement, Mies continued as Emeritus Professor of Architecture until his death. Mies received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from John F. Kennedy in July 1963, the Gold Medal from the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in June 1966, and the Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from IIT, also in June 1966. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1968. Mies developed the IIT campus master plan in 1941 and designed ca. 20 buildings on university's campus, including the first classroom building on the campus, Alumni Memorial Hall. Other Mies buildings on campus include Perlstein Hall, the Commons, Carr Memorial Chapel, and the world-renowned Crown Hall.


See information in "Scope and Contents" and in "Summary" paragraphs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly 1998.043


The items are highly important both as evidence of possessions valued by Mies van der Rohe and as documentation of his architectural philosophy. The Pavilion image is rare in that it is not cropped so as to exclude the landscape outside the building. According to Phyllis Lambert (Canadian Center for Architecture), there was no previous record of Mies' interest in the Gallery of Machines. Access is limited due to physical character of the items. Both items have been reproduced in slide and photo print formats.


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist

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