Rudolf L. Baumfeld papers, 1940-1989

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Title: Rudolf L. Baumfeld papers
Collection number: 1694
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 poster box, and 6 map folders)
Date (inclusive): 1940-1989
Abstract: Rudolf Lothar Franz Israel Baumfeld (1903-1988) worked with his friend and fellow architect Victor Gruen in New York and Los Angeles. Baumfeld was the principal designer for Victor Gruen and Associates (founded, 1951). He designed several projects in Europe and the U.S., including Costa Mesa's South Coast Plaza and the Tishman 615 Building in downtown Los Angeles. The collection consists of drawings, sketches, blueprints, photographs, personal materials and ephemera related to Rudolf L. Baumfeld's architectural career with Victor Gruen and Associates.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance through our electronic paging system using the request button located on this page.
Creator: Baumfeld, Rudolf L., -1998

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Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of David Edberg, 1989; gift of Margaret Gruen, 2000.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Rudolf L. Baumfeld Papers (Collection 1694). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 462313 

Biography

Rudolf Lothar Franz Israel Baumfeld was born in 1903; he was a native of Vienna, Austria who worked with his friend and fellow architect Victor Gruen in New York and Los Angeles, where Baumfeld was principal designer for Victor Gruen and Associates (founded, 1951); he designed several projects in Europe and the U.S., including Costa Mesa's South Coast Plaza and the Tishman 615 Building in downtown Los Angeles; he died in 1988.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of drawings, sketches, blueprints, photographs, personal materials and ephemera related to Rudolf L. Baumfeld's architectural career with Victor Gruen and Associates.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Drawings, sketches, and blueprints
  2. Photographs
  3. Personal material and ephemera

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Baumfeld, Rudolf L., -1988--Archives.
Victor Gruen Associates--Archives.
Architect-designed furniture.
Architects--United States--Archives.
Architectural drawings (visual works).
Blueprints.
Photographs.

Container List

 

Drawings/Sketches/Blueprints

Folder 4

Stand for Webster's Dictionary. Item no. 32 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 4

RLB's oak buffet in dining room. Item no. 33 no date.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Folder 4

RLB's desk in Gruen's San Vicente Blvd. office. Item no. 34 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 4

RLB's desk in Gruen's Doheny Dr. office. Item no. 35 1960.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 4

Desk with black-stained birch substructure. Item no. 36 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 4

Hi-Fi cabinet for RLB's Horn Ave. apartment (1153 Horn Ave. #2, L.A.) Dwg. 2. Item no. 37 1958.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 4

Speaker cabinet for RLB's Horn Ave. apartment, Dwg. 1. Item no. 38 1958.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 4

Cabinet with adjustable shelf (three sectioned). Item no. 39 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 4

Teak "drawer-cabinet" with marble top in RLB's study. Item no. 40 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 4

Template for teak "drawer-cabinet" with marble top in RLB's study. Item no. 41 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 4

Oak cabinet in RLB's bedroom (for shirts). Item no. 42 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 4

RLB's drawing-collection cabinet in study. Item no. 43 1961.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 4

Drawing-collection cabinet for Segerstrom corporate office. Item no. 44 no date.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Folder 4

Teak drawer knobs (RLB's office). Item no. 45 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 4

Bookcase. Item no. 46 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 4

Lacquered bookcase for RLB's bedroom, fabricated by Murphy Thompson, L.A.. Item no. 47 1987.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 4

Oak bench in RLB's bedroom (to which bookcasewas later added?). Item no. 48 no date.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Folder 4

Solid oak bench. Item no. 49 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 4

Oak, teak and brass bed frame. Item no. 50 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item, may be in Katkov's possession.
Folder 5

Pencil holder. Item no. 51 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 5

Compote/jelly tray (three sections). Item no. 52 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 5

Maple picture frame for RLB. Item no. 53 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 5

Picture frame. Item no. 54 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 5

Boxes (details). Item no. 55 no date.

Physical Description: 9 items.
Folder 5

Boxes: A, B, C. Item no. 56 1970.

Physical Description: 3 items, Probably fabricated by Dave Edberg for friends.
Folder 5

Boxes. Item no. 57 no date.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Folder 5

Rosewood drawer/shelf unit. Item no. 58 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 5

Chairs. Item no. 59 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 5

Round rosewood saladbowl for Ruth Segerstrom. Item no. 60 1980.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 5

Bowls. Item no. 61 no date.

Physical Description: 10 items.
Folder 5

Table lamp in RLB's living room. Item no. 62 1957.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 5

Light fixture for house on Kings Road. Item no. 63 1960.

Physical Description: 1 item, may be in Elsie Crawford's possession.
Folder 5

Polished brass/basket shade lamp. Item no. 64 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 5

Lamps for RLB's apartment. Item no. 65 1958.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 5

Hall light and floor lamp for RLB's apartment. Item no. 66 1957.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 5

Floor plan for RLB's Horn Ave. apartment. Item no. 67 no date.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Folder 5

Blueprints of Rubin residence floor plan. Item no. 68 no date.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Folder 5

Gruen Associates spec sheet/dwg form. Item no. 69 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 6

Picture frame. Item no. 70 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 6

Low conference table. Item no. 71 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 6

Paper towel holder. Item no. 72 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 6

Metal lined bin. Item no. 73 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 6

Cabinet. Item no. 74 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 6

Salt and pepper shakers. Item no. 75 no date.

Physical Description: 22 items.
Folder 6

Door handle. Item no. 76 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 6

Bowl. Item no. 77 no date.

Physical Description: 10 items.
Folder 6

Pencil holder. Item no. 78 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 6

Drawer. Item no. 79 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 6

Conference room projector stand. Item no. 80 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 6

"Centipede" table. Item no. 81 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 6

Cabinet. Item no. 82 10/15/1989.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Folder 6

Table. Item no. 83 no date.

Physical Description: 4 items
Folder 6

Pull-out bed. Item no. 84 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item [Missing].
Folder 6

Conference room floor plan sections. Item no. 85 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 6

Built-in cabinets. Item no. 86 no date.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Folder 6

Segerstrom Corp. conference room (revised). Item no. 87 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 6

Segerstrom Corp. conference room projector stand. Item no. 88 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 6

Quadrapede. Item no. 89 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 6

Segerstrom Corp. conference room display table. Item no. 90 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 6

Coffee table. Item no. 91 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 6

Box and lids. no date.

Physical Description: 1998.15.59.
Folder 6

Boxes and lids. no date.

Physical Description: 1989.15.58.
Folder 6

Working drawing - pedastal. no date.

Physical Description: 1989.15.55.
Folder 7

Sketch. Item no. 92 1989.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 7

Floor Plan. Item no. 93 no date.

Physical Description: upper level; enclosed space, porch and stairs.
Folder 7

Garage. Item no. 94 no date.

Physical Description: car port, workshop, storage.
Folder 7

Floor plan with elevations. Item no. 95 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 7

Door & window details (sheet #9). Item no. 96 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 7

Foundation plan. Item no. 97 no date.

Physical Description: Foundation and plot and roof plan.
Folder 7

Floor plan (upper and lower floors). Item no. 98 no date.

Physical Description: David Edberg residence.
Folder 7

Elevations/sections. Item no. 99 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 7

Foundation details (sheet #4). Item no. 100 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 7

Roof framing details. Item no. 101 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 7

Door & window details (sheet #8). Item no. 102 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 8

House drawings. no date.

Physical Description: 5 items.
Folder 9

The London Shop. Item no. 1 no date.

Physical Description: 4 items, Elsie Crawford may have details.
Folder 9

The Ski Shop. Item no. 2 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item [MISSING].
Folder 9

Shop. Item no. 3 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 9

Mesa Verde Center, shopping center. Item no. 4 no date.

Physical Description: 1 - handtinted blueprint, 9 - detailed sketches.
Folder 9

May Company Mall. Item no. 5 no date.

Physical Description: 2 - blueprints.
Folder 9

South Coast Plaza (interiors/furnishings), blueprints. Item no. 6 1966, 1972, 1977.

Physical Description: 1 item - 1977 Phase 3 expansion, 1 item - 1972 Project 1 expansion, 4 items - 1966.
Folder 9

Ed Rubin residence (646 Hightree Road, Santa Monica, CA 90402) alterations and additions. Item no. 7 1985.

Physical Description: 2 ; 3 - blueprints; 2 - entrance stairs ("void"); 5 - 1/5-5/5; 5 - 1/5-5/5 duplicate set.
Folder 9

Ed Rubin residence remodel. Item no. 8 1985.

Physical Description: 12 items - #1-12; 3 items - "i6"; 3 items - "i7".
Folder 9

Oak and teak dining table for Elsie Crawford. Item no. 9 1969.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 9

Dining table for Norman and Betty Katkov (West L.A.). Item no. 10 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 9

Teak dining table for Herman (RLB's partner) and Mrs. Guttman. Item no. 11 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 9

Table for Peggy Gruen. Item no. 12 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 9

Round coffee table for Elsie Crawford. Item no. 13 1956.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 9

Display table for Segerstrom Corporate office conference room (3315 Fairview Rd., Costa Mesa, CA). Item no. 14 1981.

Physical Description: 1 original, 1 revised.
Folder 9

"The Centipede" display table. Item no. 15 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 9

Miriam and Dick Katkov coffee table, with drawer. Item no. 16 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 9

Coffee table with laminated top. Item no. 17 1956.

Physical Description: 1 item, perhaps in Elsie Crawford's possession.
Folder 9

Tables. Item no. 18 no date.

Physical Description: 18 items.
Folder 9

RLB's worktable (new top, new legs). Item no. 19 no date.

Physical Description: 2 items, may be in Norman Katkov's possession.
Folder 9

RLB's dining table. Item no. 20 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item, may be in Michael or Peggy Gruen's possession.
Folder 9

RLB's reading table in living room. Item no. 21 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 9

RLB's living room table (in front of sofa). Item no. 22 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 9

Side table in RLB's office (?). Item no. 23 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 9

RLB's living room table (?). Item no. 24 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 9

Tables. Item no. 25 no date.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Folder 9

Table ("not executed"), like the one in RLB's Gruen office. Item no. 26 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 9

Small aqua blue table with drawer-pull sketches. Item no. 27 no date.

Physical Description: 15 items.
Folder 9

Small table (?). Item no. 28 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 9

Telephone stand in RLB's dining room. Item no. 29 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 9

Telephone stand. Item no. 30 no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Folder 4

Telephone stand for Gere Kavanaugh. Item no. 31 no date.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 10, Folder 1

Scrapbook with sketches of furniture designs. no date.

Physical Description: 1 item. Gift of Gere Kavanaugh, 2000. Box 10 is an oversize flat box, 15 x 19 x 3."
Box 10, Folder 2

Scrapbook with sketches of decorative objects and architectural styles and features. no date.

Physical Description: 1 item. Gift of Gere Kavanaugh, 2000. Box 10 is an oversize flat box, 15 x 19 x 3."
 

Personal Papers

Box 3, Folder 1

Certificate of Authenticity: Hupa Storage Basket (c. 1900-1910). 1984.

Box 3, Folder 2

Poem/present by Hortense Hocket to RLB. no date.

Box 3, Folder 3

Burial Papers for Maria Jenker (RLB's governess). 1973.

Physical Description: Ville de Menton, France.
Box 3, Folder 4

Papers pertaining to RLB's print collection (biographies of artists, etc.). no date.

Box 3, Folder 5

Professional resumes, letters of recommendation/verification, chronology of professional career. no date.

Box 3, Folder 6

Personal documents including passports, certificates, diplomas, etc. c. 1924-1957.

Physical Description: German Passport (1940); Supplement of Alien's Personal History and Statement, L.A. County (1948); Dept. of Employment, State of California, ID card; Passage Contract (ticket) from Lisbon, Portugal, to New York, USA (1940); various diplomas and certificates of membership to professional societies; ID papers issued by Vienna, Austria, police; Marriage Certificate (1945); etc.
Box 3, Folder 7

Miscellaneous correspondence. c. 1973-1974.

Folder 8

Birthday wishes to Elsie. no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 1

"Where I would like to live..." Drawings for Christmas and Birthdays. no date.

Physical Description: 3 items. Poster box.
 

Photographs

Box 2, Folder 1

Lanz shop, Vienna, Austria. no date.

Physical Description: 5 items.
Box 2, Folder 2

Immendorf shop, Vienna, Austria. no date.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 2, Folder 3

Hello shop, Vienna, Austria. no date.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 2, Folder 4

P.C. Leschka & Co. shop, Vienna, Austria. no date.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 2, Folder 5

Restaurant/Bar, Vienna, Austria. no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 6

Mirror item for Joseph Magnin shop. no date.

Physical Description: 1 item, location unknown.
Box 2, Folder 7

Cyril Magnin and RLS, Joseph Magnin, Century City (?). no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 8

Furniture and Lamps. no date.

Physical Description: 6 items.
Box 2, Folder 9

Lamps, California. no date.

Physical Description: 8 items.
Box 2, Folder 10

RLS apartment. no date.

Physical Description: 7 items + 1 color transparency.
Box 2, Folder 11

Coldwater Canyon house. no date.

Physical Description: 16 items + 1 color print.
Box 2, Folder 12

Kreuzberg Villa, Austria. no date.

Physical Description: 10 items.
Box 2, Folder 13

MH (?) house, Vienna, Austria. no date.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 2, Folder 14

House, Vienna, Austria. no date.

Physical Description: 8 items.
Box 2, Folder 15

Low-Beer Mansion, Brunn, Moravia, Czechoslovakia, exterior. 1938-1939.

Physical Description: 13 items.
Box 2, Folder 16

Low-Beer Mansion, Brunn, Moravia, Czechoslovakia, interior. 1938-1939.

Physical Description: 33 items.
Box 2, Folder 17

Low-Beer Mansion, Moravia, Czechoslovakia. 1938-1939.

Physical Description: 12 items.
Box 2, Folder 18

To be determined. no date.

Physical Description: 7 items.
Box 2, Folder 19

Kreuzberg Villa, Austria. no date.

Physical Description: 5 - 8x10 b/w negatives.
Box 2, Folder 20

Untitled. no date.

Physical Description: 2 - color negatives.
Box 2, Folder 21

Joseph Magnin, San Diego. no date.

Physical Description: 7 - proofsheets + 5 - 4x5 color transparencies.