Architectural Archives

R. Brognard Okie Collection (108)

The collection consists of 72 architectural drawings documenting R. Brogonard Okie's designs for the renovation of the American Flag House and Betsy Ross Memorial, 1936-1937.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

R. Brognard Okie (1875-1945) was born in Camden, New Jersey and received his bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1897.  In addition to his designs for new buildings, Okie is particularly known for his restoration and reconstruction of Pennsylvania's colonial and vernacular structures, and his rehabilitation of existing buildings to colonial style.

Scope and Content Note

The collection comprises 72 original architectural drawings documenting R. Brognard Okie's designs for the renovation of the American Flag House and Betsy Ross Memorial, 1936-1937.  The house, originally built about 1740, is located at 239 Arch Street in Philadelphia. 

Provenance

Acquisition:  Gift of the Betsy Ross Foundation, 1980 (William L. Van Alen, President)