Architectural Archives

The Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania preserves the works of more than 400 designers from the 17th century to the present. Major collections include the comprehensive archives of several of the twentieth century's most significant designers, including: Robert Venturi & Denise Scott Brown; Lawrence Halprin; Ian L. McHarg; Edmund N. Bacon; Anne Griswold Tyng; and Louis I. Kahn.

Established in the fall of 1978, the Architectural Archives gained its international reputation initially through the Louis I. Kahn Collection whose resources include all drawings, models, photographs, correspondence, and project files from Kahn's office. Purchased by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from the Kahn estate in 1975, the Collection was placed on permanent loan to the University by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and opened to the public in September 1979. The Kahn Collection attracts a steady stream of international visitors and has served as the basis for innumerable publications and exhibitions. 

The research collections in the Archives are available to faculty, students, and scholars for independent study as well as to support teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. The archives facility in the lower level of the Fisher Fine Arts Building houses the Harvey & Irwin Kroiz Gallery, a specialized library, reading room, and seminar room, as well as storage and processing facilities.

Inquiries

For questions regarding collections, rights and reproductions, or to schedule a research appointment, please contact:

Heather Isbell Schumacher, Archivist, at hisbell@upenn.edu or 215.898.8323

Admission & Hours

Admission

To access the archival collections for research, please schedule an appointment with the Archives staff. University of Pennsylvania affiliation is not required.

The Harvey & Irwin Kroiz Gallery is free and open to the public during the hours posted below.

Hours

Tuesday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.*
Monday, Saturday and Sunday: Closed**

*Please note that access to the Kroiz Gallery & Architectural Archives reading room may be limited during special events or exhibit installation. We ask that you contact our staff in advance of your visit to ensure availability. 

**The Kroiz Gallery will be open regularly scheduled hours on the following two Saturdays: Homecoming & Alumni Day. For specific dates, please consult the University of Pennsylvania Academic Calendar.

Closures for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

The Kroiz Gallery & The Architectural Archives reading room will be closed to all visitors and researchers on the following dates for collections work:  January 3-13 and May 16-31, 2017

Additionally, we will be closed to all visitors and researchers for collections work on the following dates:  January 3-13 and May 16-31, 2017.

Getting Here

Location

The Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania occupies the lower level of the Fisher Fine Arts Library Building with an independent entrance located just off 34th Street adjacent to a pedestrian crossing at Smith Walk (originally Locust Street). The main entrance is up a short flight of steps and is marked by a plaque that reads “Architectural Archives / Kroiz Gallery.” Once inside the vestibule you’ll need to ring the intercom for entrance. For barrier free access please call the Archives staff at 215.898.8323.

Street address

220 South 34th Street at Smith Walk
Lower Level of the Fisher Fine Arts Library building
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Mailing address

102 Meyerson Hall
210 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6311
 

Parking

Visitors may find on-street parking in the area or choose to make use of one of the parking garages operated by the University of Pennsylvania. The closest garage is located at 3335 Chestnut Street the access to which is off South 34th Street, between Ludlow and Chestnut Streets.

Driving Directions to the Chestnut and 34th Street Garage are available from Google Maps

Group Visits

The Archives offers insightful and inspiring tours of its collections, led by the Curator and specially designed to address the interests of your group. Guided tours are offered by appointment only—please contact William Whitaker at wwhitake@upenn.edu or 215.898.8323 to schedule a visit.

Policies

In order to protect works of art and to create an environment suitable for study, please observe the following Archives policies:

• Please do not touch the works of art or archival materials without the permission of the Archives staff.
• Food and drink are not allowed within the Kroiz Gallery without special authorization.
• Possession of dangerous materials, including firearms, is not permitted.
• Please be mindful of others, including our researchers, when using your cell phone.

Photography

• Handheld cameras without flash or tripod may be used in the Kroiz Gallery.
• Photographs cannot be commercially published, sold, reproduced, transferred or distributed.
• All photography in exhibitions of works of art on loan is prohibited.

Sketching

• The use of pens is prohibited in the Kroiz Gallery and in the Archives’ reading room; only pencils may be used for taking notes or sketching.
• Sketchbooks are not to exceed 18 x 24 inches.

Staff

William Whitaker, Curator and Collections Manager
Heather Isbell Schumacher, Archivist