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Finding Aid for the Walter L. Reichardt papers, circa 1930-circa 1966 0000166
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  • General note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Access
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Content note

  • Title: Walter L. Reichardt papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000166
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 12.0 Linear feet (1 box of drawings, 2 flat file drawers, 1 box of rolls)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1930-circa 1966
    Location note: Box 1/ADC - regular 3 Flat File Drawers/ADC - flat files 17 double oversize Rolls ** /ADC fixed shelving 1 Roll * /ADC range 9 4 Framed Drawings/ADC - oversize*** behind flatfile units Restoration Plan of the Vestibule Group at Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, water color, 41.75x68.75 [Frame 1] A Zoological Garden, 1930 [Frame 2] A Restaurant in the Air, University of Penn. Class A III [Frame 3] A Municipal Employment Bureau, Class A V Project [Frame 4]
    creator: Reichardt, Walter L., (Walter Louis), 1908-1995

    General note

    Four drawings on original inventory not found during cataloging: drawings numbered .15, .18, .24 and .32, all student projects and dated 1928, 1930, and undated per inventory. Perhaps kept by family.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    On deposit from Thomas Reichardt.


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Preferred Citation note

    Walter L. Reichardt papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Walter L. Reichardt was born on June 4, 1908 in Los Angeles, California. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1930. From 1930 to 1933 Reichardt attended the American Academy in Rome, after winning the Rome Prize in 1930. His training in the beaux-art methods, which was the pedagogical emphasis in architecture schools in the United States when he was a student, is evident in his skillful student drawings and their subjects, more than 50 of which are part of his archive.
    After returning to Los Angeles, Reichardt worked with architect Reginald D. Johnson from 1934 to 1936. In 1937, he worked as a designer for architect Gordon B. Kaufman and a year later in 1938, Reichardt worked for Roland E. Coate. From 1939 to 1941, Reichardt worked with Paul R. Hunter as Hunter and Reichardt, Architects. In 1943, he became a partner with Eugene Weston Jr. as Weston and Reichardt, Architects. In 1945, Reichardt formed his own firm and retired in the early 1990s. Walter L. Reichardt died on October 1, 1995. Throughout his career some of his more notable projects included the John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles, the Cabrillo Homes Housing Project for war workers in Long Beach, residences and schools in the southern California area, and military housing in San Diego, San Pedro, and Camp Pendleton.

    Scope and Content note

    The Walter L. Reichardt papers span 24 linear feet and date from circa 1930 to circa 1989. The collection contains more than 50 watercolor drawings done while Reichardt was a student at the University of Pennsylvania (1927-1930), and when he was at the American Academy in Rome (1931-1933). Other architectural drawings, and designs for wallpaper, date from circa 1935-circa 1989, during the period when Reichardt was working in the offices of other architects in Los Angeles, and on his own (1945-circa 1990). Some photographs and specifications related to architectural commissions are part of the archive, but drawings form the bulk of the collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Reichardt, Walter L., (Walter Louis), 1908-1995
    Architectural drawings
    Photographic prints
    Presentation drawings (proposals)
    Reprographic copies