Dmitri Vedensky Collection , 1948-1996

Processed by Shelly L. Irving.
Environmental Design Archives
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Dmitri Vedensky Collection, 1948-1996

Collection number: 1998-7

Environmental Design Archives



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information:

  • Environmental Design Archives
  • College of Environmental Design
  • 230 Wurster Hall #1820
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Berkeley, California, 94720-1820
  • Phone: (510) 642-5124
  • Fax: (510) 642-2824
  • Email: archives@socrates.berkeley.edu
  • URL: http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/
Processed by:
Shelly L. Irving
Date Completed:
March 2002
Encoded by:
Environmental Design Archives staff
Funding:
Arrangement and description of this collection was funded by a grant from the LEF Foundation.
© 2003 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dmitri Vedensky collection,
Date (inclusive): 1948-1996
Collection number: 1998-7
Creator: Vedensky, Dmitri, 1930-1997
Extent: 6 boxes, 5 flat file drawers, 2 tubes.
Repository: Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design.
University of California, Berkeley.
Berkeley, California
Abstract: The Dmitri Vedensky Collection contains mainly projects completed by Vedensky as a sole practitioner. Office records include photographs and reduced scale drawings that were most likely created and collected to promote the firm. They record not only the buildings themselves, but indicate how projects were presented, interpreted, and received. The project files include written records (correspondence, specifications, notes, and reports), drawings, site photographs and slides, as well as photographs of architectural study models.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the Curator.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dmitri Vedensky Collection, (1998-7), Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design. University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, California.

Acquisition Information

This collection was acquired in 1998.

Funding

Arrangement and description of this collection was funded by a grant from the LEF Foundation.

Access Points

Architects -- California.
Architecture -- California.
Architecture, Domestic -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area.
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area.
Buildings -- California -- Sea Ranch.
Sea Ranch (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Arbegast, Mai. K.
Church, Thomas, D.
Esherick, Joseph
Moore, Charles
Online Archive of California

Biographical Note

Dmitri Vedensky (1930-1997)
Dmitri Nicholas Vedensky, Jr. was born in Berkeley in 1930, the son of metallurgist Dmitri Nicholas and Helen Montmorency Vedensky. Raised in Berkeley, he attended Stanford University for one year before transferring to the University of California, Berkeley were he received his bachelor's degree in 1951. After an interruption in his graduate education to serve in the Korean War from 1952 to 1954, he returned to Berkeley, finishing his Masters Degree in Architecture in 1955. Upon graduation he went to work in the San Francisco office of UC professor, Joseph Esherick, Esherick, Homsey, Dodge & Davis (EHDD). He worked there for eight years on some of Esherick's most notable houses, such as the Lurline Roth House in Hawaii, until he left to open his own practice in 1964. Working mostly as a residential designer he completed six houses at The Sea Ranch, including his own residence, which received the Architectural Award of Excellence for Design and was published in Architectural Record's 1975 Record Houses Issue. Other notable projects include a collaboration with the late Charles Moore on two homes for Mr. and Mrs. Henry Shinefield - one at Sea Ranch (The Sea Ranch Design Award 1978) and the other in San Francisco's Presidio neighborhood, the Blanchard Residence in Anchor Bay, and the McIntyre House in Pebble Beach.
From 1964 to 1967 Vedensky lectured and taught design at the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design. In 1970 he served as a juror for the Awards Program of the A.I.A. Chapter of Portland, OR. In 1976 the then-Mayor George Moscone appointed Vedensky to the San Francisco Art Commission and he chaired the civic design committee for 10 years. In 1986 Vedensky joined the design review committee at The Sea Ranch and served as chairman from 1988 until his death from heart failure in 1997.

Note

Sources:

  • "A Brief Resume," by Dmitri Vedensky
  • Biographical Record compiled by the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco, California.
  • San Francisco Chronicle, November 4, 1997 Obituary

Scope and Contents Note

Records for Dmitri Vedensky span the years 1948-1996. The collection is organized into five series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Faculty Papers, Office Records and Project Records. Within these series documents are ordered chronologically and alphabetically.
Most of the collection contains projects completed by Vedensky as a sole practitioner. Office records include photographs and reduced scale drawings that were most likely created and collected to promote the firm. They record not only the buildings themselves, but indicate how projects were presented, interpreted, and received. The project files include written records (correspondence, specifications, notes, and reports), drawings, site photographs and slides, as well as photographs of architectural study models.
Vedensky's personal papers constitute only a fraction of the collection. The professional papers reveal his active involvement in the San Francisco Arts Commission in the mid-1970s and early 1980s.

Project Index

The following is a list of architectural projects from the Vedensky Collection. For more complete information about collection contents for each project, as well as shelf location and microfilming status, download the complete Project Index in an Excel spreadsheet format by going to http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/pindex/vedensky.xls . For instructions on interpreting the Project Index, see The Guide to the Project Index at http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/pindex/guide.htm .
The project list below, derived from the Project Index, is arranged alphabetically by Project/Client Name and contains information, where available, about the location, date, project type, collaborators, photographers, and formats for each project in the collection.

Project/Client Name (location, date, project type) Collaborator (role), Photographer [Format - Ms=Manuscripts, Dr=Drawings, Ph=Photographs]

  • * 14th Street - 645, 647 ( San Francisco , CA ; n.d. ; residential-multi ) [Dr]
  • * 174 Grant Avenue ( San Francisco , CA ; n.d. ; commercial ) [Dr]
  • * 185 Post Street ( San Francisco , CA ; 1977 ; commercial ) [Dr]
  • * 2123 Bush Street ( San Francisco , CA ; 1974 ; residential ) [Dr, Ph]
  • * 22nd Street - 1715, 1717 ( San Francisco , CA ; n.d. ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * 2612 South Court ( Palo Alto , CA ; n.d. ; ) [Dr]
  • * 2716 Franklin Street ( San Francisco , CA ; 1964 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Alinder [see also Shinefield, Henry] ( Sea Ranch , CA ; 1990-1991 ; residential ) Collaborator: Moore, C. (architect) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * Aron, Paul ( Oakland , CA ; 1963 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Beernink, Heinrich E. ( Berkeley , CA ; 1967 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Berard, Don ( Sea Ranch , CA ; 1968 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * Berglund, William ("W" Ranch) ( 1963 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Bianchi ( Tahoe , NV ; 1970 ; residential ) Collaborator: Barrett, G.F. (engineer) [Dr]
  • * Blanchard, Richard F. ( Anchor Bay , CA ; 1974 ; residential ) Collaborator: Noel, L. (landscape architect) ; Photographer: Molten, P.L. [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * Bozarth, Robert L. ( Sea Ranch , CA ; 1976 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Bradley, Douglas D. ( Anchor Bay , CA ; 1991 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Brennan, James ( Daly City , CA ; 1960 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Brown, Christopher ( Berkeley , CA ; n.d. ; commercial ) [Dr]
  • * Brown, Travis Taber ( Berkeley , CA ; 1976 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Carpenter, Cliff ( Sonoma , CA ; 1965-1971 ; residential ) Photographer: Engh, B. [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * Chambers, Frank ( San Francisco , CA ; 1968 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Church of Saint Mary the Virgin ( n.d. ; religious ) [Dr]
  • * Churchman, C. West ( Mill Valley , CA ; 1966 ; residential ) Photographer: Engh, B. [Dr, Ph]
  • * Citizens Savings Bank ( San Francisco , CA ; 1975 ; commercial ) [Dr]
  • * Concus, Paul ( Kensington , CA ; 1969 ; residential ) Collaborator: Arbegast, M. (landscape architect) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Daniels, Edgar ( Santa Fe , NM ; 1989 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Davis ( n.d. ) [Dr]
  • * Deakin ( n.d. ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Dennis, Reid W. ( Lake Tahoe , CA ; 1967 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Dennis, Reid W. ( Woodside , CA ; 1965, 1985, 1995 ; residential ) Collaborator: Esherick, J. (architect) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * Donlon, D.D. ( Inverness , CA ; 1973 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Evans, Mrs. Harry L. ( Bolinas , CA ; 1964 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * Fillmore Building ( San Francisco , CA ; n.d. ; commercial ) [Dr]
  • * Forrester, George ( Hillsborough , CA ; 1972 ; residential ) Collaborator: Barrett, G.F. (engineer) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Frank, Frederick ( Woodside , CA ; n.d. ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Freiberg, Myron ( Sonoma , CA ; 1972 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * Friedlander, Richard K. ( Sonoma County , CA ; 1963, 1985 ; residential ) Collaborator: Barrett, G.F. (engineer) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * Funsten, Reed ( San Francisco , CA ; 1963 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Gillard, Dan ( San Francisco , CA ; 1976-1977 ) [Dr]
  • * Gustafson, John K. ( Berkeley , CA ; 1966 ; residential ) Collaborator: Reed & Corbett (architect & engineer) [Dr]
  • * Guttman, Karl ( San Francisco , CA ; 1968 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Harrison ( n.d. ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Hartsell ( Sobre Vista ; n.d. ) [Dr]
  • * Holt, Harry, pool house ( Stockton , CA ; n.d. ; residential ) Collaborator: Church, T. (landscape arch.) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Ingber, Philip ( Los Gatos , CA ; 1981-1982 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Jackson, J.H. ( San Francisco , CA ; 1969 ; residential ) Collaborator: Keim, O.L. (architect) [Dr]
  • * Jetzelberger, Manfred ( San Francisco , CA ; 1971 ) [Dr]
  • * Johnson ( Berkeley , CA ; n.d. ) [Dr]
  • * Kirchmaier, H. ( San Francisco , CA ; 1970 ; residential ) Collaborator: Esherick, J. (architect) [Dr]
  • * Koford, Carl ( Berkeley , CA ; 1961 ; ) [Dr]
  • * Korn, Harold ( Palo Alto , CA ; 1966 ; residential ) [Dr, Ph]
  • * Korn, Harold ( Tallahassee , FL ; 1969 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * LaGare Restaurant ( n.d. ; commercial ) [Dr]
  • * Lee, Theodore ( San Francisco , CA ; 1972 ) Collaborator: Lee, G.K. (architect) [Dr]
  • * London Ltd. ( Hayward , CA ; 1964 ; commercial ) [Dr]
  • * Lyons, Arthur ( San Francisco , CA ; 1965 ; residential ) Collaborator: Esherick, J. (architect) [Dr]
  • * MacMahon ( San Rafael , CA ; 1965 ) [Dr]
  • * Markus, Richard ( Sonoma County , CA ; 1962 ; residential ) Collaborator: Peters, R.C. & Moore, C. (architects), Dagan, I.M. (engineer) [Dr]
  • * Martin ( n.d. ) [Dr]
  • * May, Thomas H. ( Oakville , CA ; 1967 ; residential ) Collaborator: Cassayre, Paul & Associates (engineer) [Ms, Dr]
  • * McCoy, Richard ( Berkeley , CA ; 1964 ; residential ) Photographer: Engh, B. [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * McCoy, Richard ( Anchor Bay , CA ; ca. 1980 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * McDonald, Morton ( Berkeley , CA ; 1992 ; residential ) Collaborator: Barrett,G.F. (engineer) [Ms, Dr]
  • * McIntyre, Henry ( Pebble Beach , CA ; 1962, 1970 ; residential ) Photographer: Palmer, P. [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * McIntyre, Henry [see also Stache manuscript box] ( Atherton , CA ; 1969-1974 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * Miscellaneous projects [Dr]
  • * Monte Vista Park No. 1 ( Monterey , CA ; n.d. ) [Dr]
  • * Moore, Thomas ( Hillsborough , CA ; 1967 ; residential ) Collaborator: Arbegast, M. (landscape architect) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Morgan, Irenah ( Sea Ranch , CA ; 1971, 1987 ; residential ) Collaborator: Jorgen, E. (architect) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Moseman ( n.d. ) [Dr]
  • * Noble ( Sonoma , CA ; 1989 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Oppenheimer ( Palo Alto , CA ; n.d. ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Otto, George ( San Francisco , CA ; 1979 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Palmer, James ( Healdsburg , CA ; 1978 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Paul ( n.d. ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Pearson, Miss Deidre ( Sea Ranch , CA ; 1970 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Ponting ( Glen Ellen , CA ; n.d. ; residential ) Collaborator: Burke, T.R. (architect) [Dr]
  • * Posert, H. ( Belvedere , CA ; 1969 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Ray's Bar ( San Francisco , CA ; 1984 ; commercial ) [Dr]
  • * Roberts Milwaukee Furniture Company ( San Francisco , CA ; 1966 ; commercial ) [Dr]
  • * Rudkin (The Reedlands) ( 1966 ) [Dr]
  • * San Francisco Lots 13 & 14, Block 97 ( San Francisco , CA ; n.d. ) [Dr]
  • * Saveri, Missy ( Sonoma , CA ; 1989-1993 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Scholle, Oliver ( Hillsborough , CA ; 1978 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Schwabacher ( Hillsborough , CA ; 1979 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Sea Ranch Lot 13, Unit 19 ( Sea Ranch , CA ; n.d. ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Service Center for the Citizens Utilities Company of California ( Susanville , CA ; 1979 ; commercial ) [Dr]
  • * Sharp ( n.d. ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Sherk ( n.d. ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Shinefield, Henry ( San Francisco , CA ; 1970-1971 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * Shinefield, Henry [see also Alinder] ( Sea Ranch , CA ; 1976 ; residential ) Collaborator: Moore, C. (architect) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * Shuman, John Robert ( Piedmont , CA ; 1982 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Stache, Gunther ( Tegucigalpa , Honduras ; 1969-1974 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * Stache, Gunther ( Atherton , CA ; ca. 1994 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Steffanides, E.S. ( Napa County , CA ; 1965 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Thomas, Arthur ( Hillsborough , CA ; 1979 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Tobin, Michael H. deY ( Hillsborough , CA ; 1972 ; residential ) Collaborator: Esherick, J. (architect) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Tomaselli, Richard ( Sea Ranch , CA ; 1968 ; residential ) Collaborator: Barrett, G.F. (engineer) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * Unidentified projects [Ms, Dr, Ph]
  • * United Nations Memorial ( San Francisco , CA ; 1966 ; governmental ) [Dr]
  • * Vedensky, Dmitri ( Sea Ranch , CA ; n.d. ; residential ) [Ph]
  • * von Weisel, John ( San Francisco , CA ; 1964 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Walker, Fred ( Sea Ranch , CA ; 1969 ; residential ) Collaborator: Hughes, H.D. (architect) ; Photographer: Walters, T. [Dr, Ph]
  • * Wallace, Robert ( Sea Ranch , CA ; 1968 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Wallace, William ( Berkeley , CA ; 1960 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Weller, Nelson ( Piedmont , CA ; 1986 ; residential ) Collaborator: Miller & Warnecke (architects) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Wells / Tiburon ( 1965 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Westgate, Edward ( Napa , CA ; 1969 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * White, Ian McKibbin ( Healdsburg , CA ; 1989 ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Whittaker ( San Mateo , CA ; n.d. ) [Dr]
  • * Williams, Richard ( Napa , CA ; 1986 ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Williamson ( n.d. ; residential ) [Ms, Dr]
  • * Williamson / Bird ( Sonoma , CA ; n.d. ; residential ) [Dr]
  • * Woods ( San Francisco , CA ; n.d. ) [Dr]
  • * Yates, Don ( Portola Valley , CA ; 1971 ; residential ) Collaborator: Tommasini, F. & Associates (architect) [Dr]

Series Description

 

I. PERSONAL PAPERS, 1948-1996

Physical Description: Box 1 and one oversized folder

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Documents within sub-series are arranged chronologically.
 

A. Biographical Information

 

B. Correspondence

 

C. Student Work

 

D. Photographs

 

II. PROFESSIONAL PAPERS, 1975-1996

Physical Description: Box 1 and one oversized folder

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Documents within sub-series are arranged chronologically.
Includes correspondence with the S.F. Redevelopment Agency, letters regarding the Joseph Esherick oral history project, a hand written document about the design process for an unidentified house, and papers relating to Vedensky's participation in the San Francisco Arts Commission.
 

A. Correspondence

 

B. Writings

 

C. Associations and Committees

 

D. Awards

 

E. Faculty Papers

 

F. Juries

 

III. OFFICE RECORDS, 1954-1985

Physical Description: Boxes 2 - 3 and two oversized folders.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Documents within sub-series A and B are arranged chronologically. Sub-series C is arranged alphabetically.
Office records include signs, design manuals for Sea Ranch, magazine clippings, office photographs, and slides and photographs of completed projects.
 

A. Administrative

 

B. Reference Materials

 

C. Photographs

 

IV. PROJECT RECORDS, 1960-1994

Physical Description: Boxes 4 - 6 and 5 flat file drawers.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically
 

A. Files

 

B. Photographs

 

C. Drawings

Container List

 

I.  PERSONAL PAPERS, 1948-1996

 

A.  Biographical Information

Box/Folder 1 : 1

Resume Materials n.d.

 

B.  Correspondence

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Personal Correspondence 1984-1996

Box/Folder 1 : 3

Holiday Card Designs 1953-1961

 

C.  Student Work

FF 1

Student drawings 1948-1949

 

D.  Photographs

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Photographs and Slides ca. 1985

 

II.  PROFESSIONAL PAPERS, 1975-1996

 

A.  Correspondence

Box/Folder 1 : 1

Correspondence 1975-1995

Box/Folder 1 : 2

San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Correspondence 1989

Box/Folder 1 : 3

William Turnbull AIA 1996 Firm Award Nomination 1995

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Joseph Esherick Oral History Introduction Request 1996

 

B.  Writings

Box/Folder 1 : 5

"A Brief Case History" n.d.

 

C.  Associations and Committees

FF 2

San Francisco Arts Commission Membership Certificates 1976-1981

Box/Folder 1 : 6

"San Francisco Arts CommissionVisual Arts Program" 1976-1983

Box/Folder 1 : 7

"San Francisco Arts Commission Neighborhood Arts Program" 1976

Box/Folder 1 : 8

"San Francisco Arts Commission Airports Arts Commission Project" 1982

 

D.  Awards and Licenses

Box/Folder 1 : 9

Awards and Licenses 1960-1978

Box/Folder 1 : 10

AIA Membership and Awards 1963-1994

 

E.  Faculty Papers

Box/Folder 1 : 11

Course Description 1978

 

F.  Juries

Box/Folder 1 : 12

Portland A.I.A. Chapter Honor Awards Program 1970

 

III.  OFFICE RECORDS, 1954-1985

 

A.  Administrative

FF 3

Office Signage n.d.

 

B.  Reference Materials

Box/Folder 2 : 1

The Sea Ranch Design Manual 1965-1988

Box/Folder 2 : 2

Town & Country Magazine 1979

 

C.  Photographs

Box/Folder 2 : 2a

Office Photographs ca. 1967

 

Project Photographs

 

**see project index list**

 

IV.  PROJECT RECORDS, 1960-1994

 

A.  Files

 

**see project index list**

 

B.  Photographs

 

**see project index list**

 

C.  Drawings

 

**see project index list**