Finding Aid for the George Washington Smith papers, circa 1912-circa 1930 0000176

Finding aid prepared by Alex Hauschild, Melinda Gandara, Jocelyn Gibbs, Jillian O'Connor, Jennifer Whitlock, Caitlyn Ehisen, and Chris Marino.
The finding aid for this collection was made possible by a Getty Foundation Archival Arrangement & Description Grant.
Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Arts Building Room 1434
University of California
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-7130
805-893-2724
adc@museum.ucsb.edu
2009


Title: George Washington Smith papers
Identifier/Call Number: 0000176
Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 162.0 Linear feet (30 record storage boxes, 1 tube, and 43 flat file drawers)
Date (inclusive): circa 1912-circa 1930
creator: Smith, George Washington, 1876-1930, American Architect -- Archives

Access

Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

Custodial History note

Gift of Lutah Maria Riggs, 1973. Additional materials gifted by M. A. Seamster in 1975, Marc Appleton in 2002, and Professor Paul V. Turner in 2005.

Preferred Citation note

George Washington Smith papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

Biographical/Historical note

Born in Pennsylvania on February 22, 1876, George Washington Smith began his education with the study of art and painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of fine arts, and later attended Harvard University (1895-1987) where he studied architecture, but never graduated. After leaving Harvard, Smith took a position supervising construction with Newman, Woodman and Harris, but, unhappy with the work, left to join the Francis R. Welsh bond company, where he made enough money to retire to a life of painting by 1912. After marrying, he travelled through Europe, eventually settling in Paris where he studied painting at the Académie Julian of the Ecole des Beaux Arts. Smith and his wife left Europe in 1914 at the outbreak of World War I, and settled in New York, where he continued to paint and exhibit his work. In 1915, Smith and his wife traveled to California to see one of his paintings exhibited at the Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. While in California, the two decided to take a trip to Santa Barbara. After seeing Santa Barbara, Smith and his wife made the decision to settle temporarily there to wait out the war, until they could return to Europe. They rented a house in Montecito while Smith built a house for them, later known as the Heberton house, designed to resemble the Spanish farmhouses he had seen in Europe. This house brought George Washington Smith national attention when it appeared in the 1920 issue of Architectural Forum. As his neighbors asked him to build similar houses for them, Smith developed an architectural practice, with the help of Lutah Maria Riggs who joined his office in 1921. Smith became very well known nationally for his Spanish Colonial Revival style. He continued to practice architecture in Santa Barbara until his death in 1930.

Scope and Content note

The George Washington Smith papers span 162 linear feet and date from circa 1912 to circa 1930. The collection contains architectural drawings and reprographic copies, presentation boards, travel sketches and photographs, correspondence, specifications, project progress reports, newspaper and magazine clippings, and financial records in the form of invoices, receipts, estimates, and requisitions.

Related Archival Materials note

Lutah Maria Riggs papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.
Door frame from the Edward Heller house (Atherton, Calif.), Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Riggs, Lutah Maria, 1896-1984
Smith, George Washington, 1876-1930, American Architect
Smith, George Washington, 1876-1930, American Architect
Architects -- California
Architectural drawings
Architectural photographs
Architecture -- California -- 20th century
Architecture, Spanish Colonial -- California, Southern
Blueprints
Correspondence
Photographic prints
Sketches
Specifications

 

Personal Papers I. 1915-1925

Physical Description: 3.021 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

Personal Papers inlcudes portraits of George Washington Smith and images of his office.
 

Photographs A. N.D.

Physical Description: 0.021 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 1

Smith, George Washington Office N.D.

Box 1, Folder 2

Smith, George Washington Portraits N.D.

 

Travel B. 1915-1925

Physical Description: 3.0 Linear feet
Box 19, Folder 722-727

"Andalucia" Volume III Photograph Album 1924

Box 19, Folder 736-740

"Churches" Volume IX Photograph Album 1924

Box 19, Folder 728-730

"Granada, Cordoba" Volume IV Photograph Album 1924

Box 19, Folder 731-735

"Ronda" Volume V Photograph Album 1924

FlatFile 389

Sketches N.D.

Box 18, Folder 694-700

"Snapshots in Spain" Album #1 [George F. Steedman] 1923

Box 18, Folder 701-707

"Snapshots in Spain" Album #2 [George F. Steedman] 1923

Box 18, Folder 708-714

"Snapshots in Spain" Album #3 [George F. Steedman] 1923

Box 18, Folder 715-721

"Snapshots in Spain" Album #4 [George W. Smith] 1924-1925

Box 20, Folder 741-745

Spain, Volume I Photograph Album 1915, 1924

Box 20, Folder 746-751

Spain, Volume II Photograph Album 1924

Box 20, Folder 752-756

Spain [unnumbered album] Photograph Album 1924

Box 20, Folder 757-760

Spain [unnumbered album] Photograph Album 1924

 

Professional Papers II. 1924-1929

Physical Description: 0.084 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

The Professional Papers series is divided into three sub-series: Correspondence, Research Notes and Reference Files.
 

Correspondence A. 1925-1926

Physical Description: 0.021 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 3

Allied Architects Association of Los Angeles 1925-1926

 

Research Notes B. N.D.

Physical Description: 0.021 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 4-5

Book Collection Inventory N.D.

 

Reference Files C. 1924-1929

Physical Description: 0.042 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 6

Millwork Institute of California Service Bulletin 1924-1925

Box 1, Folder 7

Millwork Institute of California Service Bulletin 1926-1927;1929

Box 1, Folder 8

Vendor Product Specifications N.D.

 

Office Records III. 1916-1932

Physical Description: 0.834 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

The Office Records series inlcudes materials related to the running of an office and the promotion of George Washington Smith's architectural work.
 

Administrative A. 1924-1929

Physical Description: 0.042 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 9-10

Employment Applications 1924-1925

Box 1, Folder 11-12

Employment Applications 1926-1929

 

Correspondence B. 1922-1926

Physical Description: 0.042 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 13-15

Foreign Shipment of Spanish Antiques 1924-1926

FlatFile 221

Howard Studios Inc., European Architectural Details (includes measured drawings) 1922

 

Financial Records C. 1916-1930

Physical Description: 0.167
Box 1, Folder 16

Book Receipts and Book Dealer Invoices 1919-1926

Box 1, Folder 17-20

Costs, Estimates, and Requisitions by Project Number 1916-1930

Box 1, Folder 120a-120b

Invoices and Receipts 1924

Box 1, Folder 21

Office Expenses, March 16- July 12, 1929

Box 1, Folder 22-23

Price Lists 1924-1925

 

Public Relations D. 1920-1930

Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet
Box 1, Folder 24

The American Architect 1927

Box 1, Folder 25

The Architect 1925-1928

Box 1, Folder 26

The Architect and Engineer 1925-1928

Box 1, Folder 27

Architectural Book Publishing Company 1926-1927

Box 1, Folder 28

The Architectural Clearing House (Dorothy Draper) 1926

Box 1, Folder 29

The Architectural Forum 1927

Box 1, Folder 30

Architectural Record 1924-1928

Box 1, Folder 31

Architecture 1924

Box 1, Folder 32

Arts and Decoration 1925-1958

Box 1, Folder 33

Barker Brothers Studio 1926

Box 1, Folder 34

Der Baumeister 1926

Box 1, Folder 35

Brown, Frank Chouteau (Architect) 1927

Box 1, Folder 36

California Redwood Association 1926

Box 1, Folder 37

City Ornamental Iron Works 1927

Box 1, Folder 38

Country Life 1926-1928

Box 1, Folder 39

Craig, Maragaret (Photographer) 1926

Box 1, Folder 40

Direct Color Photo Company 1928

Box 1, Folder 41

Fox, Helen 1927

Box 1, Folder 42

The Furniture Record and The Furnisher 1925-1926

Box 1, Folder 43

The Furniture Reporter 1924

Box 1, Folder 44

Garden Magazine and Home Builder 1924-1925

Box 1, Folder 45

Gladding, McBean and Company 1926

Box 1, Folder 46

Good Housekeeping 1927-1930

Box 1, Folder 47

Gruen Berger, Arthur (Architect) 1925

Box 1, Folder 48

Harvard University, School of Architecture, G.H. Edgell 1927

Box 1, Folder 49

Hiller Studios (Photographer) 1926-1928

Box 1, Folder 50

Hollins, Marion 1925-1926

Box 1, Folder 51

House Beautiful 1923-1927

Box 1, Folder 52

Keith's Beautiful Homes 1925-1926

Box 1, Folder 53

Kent, William Winthrop 1920

Box 1, Folder 54

Klaber, John J. (Architect) 1926-1927

Box 1, Folder 55

The Linen Guildsman 1927

Box 1, Folder 56

Mead, Marcia (Consulting Architect, McCall's Magazine) 1925-1926

Box 1, Folder 57

Modes and Manners 1926

Box 1, Folder 58

Pacific Coast Architect 1925-1927

Box 1, Folder 59

Pickett, Barbara 1923-1924

Box 1, Folder 60

"Plans for Publication" Label and List N.D.

Box 1, Folder 61

Princeton University, School of Architecture 1927-1928

Box 1, Folder 62

Riverside Portland Cement Company 1926

Box 1, Folder 63

Santa Barbara Community Arts Association 1926

Box 1, Folder 64

Sears, Margaret (Landscape Architect) 1927

Box 1, Folder 65

Short, Victor 1927

Box 1, Folder 66

Smith, Mary Greenough Renaissance Gallery 1930-1932

Box 1, Folder 67

Southern Architect and Building News 1927

Box 1, Folder 68

Southern California Chapter, AIA, Exhibition, New York 1925

Box 1, Folder 69

Staats, Mr. 1928

Box 1, Folder 70

Taack, De-Fry Nicholas Van 1925

Box 1, Folder 71

Tallmadge, Thomas E. 1927

Box 1, Folder 72

Todd, George V. 1928

Box 1, Folder 73

Town and Country 1925-1928

Box 1, Folder 74

Unidentified, Re: Holme, C. Geoffrey of Studio Magazine 1926

Box 1, Folder 75

University of Illinois, Dept. of Architecture, Rexford Newcomb 1925-1928

Box 1, Folder 76

Vogue and Vanity Fair 1926-1927

Box 1, Folder 77

Western Architect 1923-1925

Box 1, Folder 78

Western Horticulture 1928

Box 1, Folder 79

Youngstown Pressed Steel Company 1927

 

Presentation Materials

Drawer 491, FlatFile 73

Ajo Church; Ajo, Ariz. 1924-1925

Drawer 491, FlatFile 75

Ambassador Hotel; Santa Barbara, Calif. 1925

Drawer 491, FlatFile 389

Baxter, Frederick Residence; Santa Barbara, Calif. 1922

Drawer 491, FlatFile 399

Bryce, Peter Cooper Residence; Santa Barbara, Calif. 1925-1926

Drawer 491, FlatFile 400

Cameron, George T. Residence; Burlingame, Calif. 1925-1926

Drawer 492, FlatFile 211

Heimann, Mrs. Richard Residence; Burlingame, Calif. 1928-1929

Drawer 492, FlatFile 242

Johnson, Kirk B. Residence; Santa Barbara, Calif. 1927-1930

Drawer 492, FlatFile 402

Kaime, Alvah Residence; Pasadena, Calif. 1926

Drawer 492, FlatFile 251

Knight, Samuel Residence; Pebble Beach, Calif. 1922

Drawer 492, FlatFile 253

Little Town Club; Santa Barbara, Calif. 1928

Drawer 492, FlatFile 275

Maverick, Mrs. Robert Van Wyck Residence; San Antonio, Texas 1926-1928

Drawer 492, FlatFile 278

Moffet, Dr. Herbert Residence; Woodside, Calif. 1925-1926

Drawer 491, FlatFile 283

Ojai Hotel; Ojai, Calif. 1924

Drawer 491, FlatFile 290

Oviatt, E.A.; Santa Barbara, Calif. 1929

Drawer 491, FlatFile 401

Physician's Building (Mrs. Lee Graham); Santa Barbara, Calif. 1925-1926

Drawer 492, FlatFile 359

Thorne, James W. Residence; Santa Barbara, Calif. 1927

 

Clippings and or Scrapbooks E. 1920-1932

Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet
Box 2, Folder 80

List of Architectural Publications Relating to George Washington Smith 1922-1929

Box 2, Folder 81

"The American Country House", The Architectural Record, October 1920

Box 2, Folder 82

The Architectural Record, November 1925

Box 2, Folder 84

The Architect and Engineer, December 1924

Box 2, Folder 85

The Architect and Engineer, February 1925

Box 2, Folder 86

The Architect and Engineer, April 1926

Box 2, Folder 87

The Architect and Engineer, May 1929

FlatFile 390

"Architects suggest colorful types for State Street," Santa Barbara Daily News, July 18, 1925

Box 2, Folder 88

"Architecture with Personality", The Architect and Engineer, December 1922

Box 2, Folder 89

Brainard, Harry: House Beautiful, September 1924

Box 2, Folder 90

"California's War on Ugliness",The Saturday Evening Post, July 1926

Box 2, Folder 91

Courtney, Geoffrey Stewart: The Architect, August 1925

Box 2, Folder 92

Crocker, Mrs. Helen Irwin N.D.

Box 2, Folder 93

Crocker, Mrs. Helen Irwin: The Architect, June 1929

Box 2, Folder 94

Cunningham, Mrs. Edward: The Architectural Record N.D.

Box 2, Folder 95

Cunningham, Mrs. Edward Residence: California Southland N.D.

Box 2, Folder 96

Cypress Point Golf and Country Club: California Arts and Architecture, June 1931

Box 2, Folder 97

"A Dialogue Which Touches Upon Mr. Smith's Architecture", Architect and Engineer, July 1924

Box 2, Folder 98

"From California - Modern Domestic Architecture", Arts and Decoration N.D.

Box 2, Folder 99

Gavit, Palmere: House and Garden, December 1927

Box 2, Folder 100

Heberton, Craig N.D.

Box 2, Folder 101

Heberton, Craig: The Architect, February 1924

Box 2, Folder 102

Heberton, Craig:The Architectural Record, May 1924

Box 2, Folder 103

Heberton, Craig: The House Beautiful N.D.

Box 2, Folder 104

House and Garden, April 1925

Box 2, Folder 105

"Houses Showing a Distinguished Simplicity", Arts and Decoration, October 1930

Box 2, Folder 106

Isham, Albert N.D.

Box 2, Folder 107

Johnson, Kirk B.: Architect and Engineer, June 1930

Box 2, Folder 108

Johnson, Kirk B.: The Architectural Forum, April 1932

Box 2, Folder 109

Kern, Henry N.D.

Box 2, Folder 110

Kern, Henry: The Architect, August 1928

Box 2, Folder 111

Lobero Theater: The Architectural Forum N.D.

Box 2, Folder 112

Lobero Theater: Architectural Forum, September 1922

Box 2, Folder 113

Lobero Theatre: Scribners, November 1922

Box 2, Folder 114

Magee, John: California Arts and Architecture, August 1929

Box 2, Folder 115

Maravilla Company: The Architectural Record, October 1922

Box 2, Folder 116

Maravilla Company: Country Life, September 1924

Box 2, Folder 117

Maravilla Company: Residences A-D at Arbolada N.D.

Box 2, Folder 118

"Mary Pickford - Student of Architecture", Pacific Coast Architect, December 1927

Box 2, Folder 119

Osthoff, Otto E.: The Architectural Record, November 1927

Box 2, Folder 120

Parshall, Dewitt: The Architect, February 1924

Box 2, Folder 121

Santa Barbara Cemetary Association: The Architect, March 1928

FlatFile 391

Santa Barbara Cemetary Association: Santa Barbara Daily News, October 11, 1924

Box 2, Folder 122

Santa Barbara Daily News Building: The Architect, August 1925

Box 2, Folder 123

Santa Barbara Daily News Building: The Architectural Record, May 1924

Box 2, Folder 124

Smith, George Washington: Biographical 1926

Box 2, Folder 125

Smith, George Washington Residence 1: The Architect and Engineer N.D.

Box 2, Folder 126

Smith, George Washington Residence 2 N.D.

Box 2, Folder 127

Smith, George Washington Residence 2: The Architect, February 1924

Box 2, Folder 128

Smith, George Washington Residence 2: The Architectural Record, November 1923

Box 2, Folder 129

Smith, George Washington Residence 2: The Architectural Record, November 1925

Box 2, Folder 130

Smith, George Washington Residence 2: The House Beautiful, January 1922

Box 2, Folder 131

Smith, George Washington Residence 2: Vogue, August 1 1927

Box 2, Folder 132

"Some Spanish Residences in Southern California...", The Western Architect, May 1922

Box 2, Folder 133

"Some Work of George Washington Smith", Architectural Forum, August 1921

Box 2, Folder 134

"Spanish Atmosphere", Pacific Coast Architecture, May 1926

Box 2, Folder 135

Steedman, George F.: The Architectural Record, November 1926

FlatFile 390

"A Street in Spain," Santa Barbara Daily News, May 20, 1922

Box 2, Folder 136

"Stucco Houses- East and West", Arts and Decoration, December 1925

Box 2, Folder 137

"Two Houses in California", The House Beautiful, June 1926

Box 2, Folder 138

Vincent, Mrs. Arthur Rose: The Architect, July 1925

Box 2, Folder 139

Vincent, Mrs. Arthur Rose: The Architectural Record, November 1926

Box 2, Folder 140

Vincent, Mrs. Arthur Rose: Arts and Decoration, October 1925

Box 2, Folder 141

Vincent, Mrs. Arthur Rose: Better Homes- Modes and Manners, February/March 1927

Box 2, Folder 142

Vincent, Mrs. Arthur Rose: Country Life N.D.

Box 2, Folder 143

Vincent, Mrs. Arthur Rose: Game and Gossip N.D.

Box 2, Folder 144

Wright, Irving: The Architectural Record N.D.

 

Reports F. 1922-1930

Physical Description: 0.083 Linear feet
Box 2, Folder 146

Project Progress Reports 1922-1923

Box 2, Folder 147-149

Project Progress Reports 1927-1928

Box 2, Folder 150

Time Spent on Various Projects 1922-1930

 

Project Records IV. 1916-1932

creator: Riggs, Lutah Maria, 1896-1984
creator: Smith, George Washington, 1876-1930, American Architect

Scope and Contents

The Project Records contain the documents realted to the design and construction of buildings. The series is divided into six sub-series: Lists, General Details and Specifications, Files, Photographs, Drawings, and Building Materials.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Riggs, Lutah Maria, 1896-1984
Smith, George Washington, 1876-1930, American Architect
 

Lists A. 1920-1930

Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

The Project List subseries includes lists generated by George Washington Smith or his office in the process of buidling and designing buildings.
Box 2, Folder 151

Index of Projects by Project Number 1922-1930

Box 2, Folder 152-154

Index to Working Drawings (by Client Name) 1923-1930

Box 2, Folder 155-161

Record of Blueprints (By Job Number 132-307; Riggs; Office Building) 1920-1929

 

General Details and Specifications B. Circa 1928

Physical Description: 0.33 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

The Project General Details and Specifications includes drawings of architectural details and specifications for construction that were created by George Washington Smith's office. These materials are not tied to a specific project but
Box 2, Folder 162

General Specifications 1928

Box 2, Folder 163-165

Office Details Volume I N.D.

Box 2-3, Folder 166-169

Office Details Volume II N.D.

Box 3, Folder 170-173

Office Details Volume III N.D.

 

Files C. 1920-1930

Physical Description: 15.0 Linear feet

Note

see Project Index
 

Photographs D. 1918-1932

Note

see Project Index
 

Drawings E. 1916-1930

Note

see Project Index
 

Building Materials F. N.D.