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Peter Roesch collection, 1954-1964

Identifier: 006.06.27

Audio recording ("Mies in Berlin") and photographic slides related to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and S. R. Crown Hall construction.

The LP (33 1/3 RPM) phonograph disk is the first issue of an audio series, "Bauwelt Archiv" (Building World Archives), produced by the RIAS of Berlin and issued in 1966 on the occasion of Mies' 80th birthday. Titled "Mies in Berlin," the record jacket (in German) indicates that the recording was made in October 1964 when Mies returned to Berlin for the first time in 27 years in order to participate in planning meetings for a proposed "Gallery of the Twentieth Century" (New National Gallery) to be built as part of the National Museum of Berlin. In this recording, the record jacket states, Mies discusses his famous 1920 skyscraper designs for Berlin and his 1929 Barcelona Pavilion, as well as some of his lesser-known activities that preceded the closing of the Berlin Bauhaus in 1933.

The photographs are fourteen 35mm color slides documenting the construction of S.R. Crown Hall (3360 S. State Street) on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology. The December 2, 1954 groundbreaking ceremony for the building is shown, with all other images apparently documenting stages of construction thereafter to the building's completion. Presumably, the photos were taken by Peter Roesch.


  • Creation: 1954-1964


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

2 Series

Biographical Note

Peter Roesch studied architecture under Mies van der Rohe and has later taught in the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture as a Studio Associate Professor. He was also Principal of Peter Roesch Associates, Ltd.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly 2008.001


Mindy C. Pugh, Assistant University Archivist, 1/4/2008

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