Architectural Archives

Samuel Oshiver Collection (037)

This collection comprises architectural drawings documenting seven projects designed by Samuel I. Oshiver between 1948 and ca. 1968.  Of particular note are nine rendered presentation drawings, including full color renderings of the Philadelphian, Park City West, Sutton Terrace and the architect’s own  house in Melrose Park.  These drawings are fine examples of the prevailing commercial rendering style of the late 1950s and early 1960s.  The collection also includes a full set of construction drawings and a set of design drawings for the Philadelphian totaling 144 drawings.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Architect and developer Samuel I. Oshiver was born in Philadelphia, the son of Rebecca Oshiver and artist and printer Harry J. Oshiver.  He graduated from Overbrook High School and earned a B.Arch. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1940.  During World War II, Oshiver served as a naval architect at the Philadelphia Naval Yard in Camden, NJ.  Oshiver opened his first architectural office in 1947; in 1950, he established Samuel I. Oshiver & Associates, his architectural design and development firm.  Oshiver is best known for his large residential and mixed-used projects (combining residential, retail, and office uses) built from the 1950s to the 1970s in the Philadelphia region.

Scope and Content Note

This collection comprises architectural drawings documenting seven projects designed by Samuel I. Oshiver between 1948 and ca. 1968.  Of particular note are nine rendered presentation drawings (one signed and dated by Oshiver) including full color renderings of the Philadelphian, Park City West, Sutton Terrace and the architect’s own house in Melrose Park, Pennsylvania.  These drawings are fine examples of the prevailing commercial rendering style of the late 1950s and early 1960s.  The collection also includes a full set of construction drawings and a set of design drawings for the Philadelphian totaling 144 drawings. 

Provenance

Acquisition:  Gift of Mrs. Samuel I. Oshiver, 1987.