Finding Aid for the Berkeley Brandt papers, circa 1900-circa 1931 0000114

Finding aid prepared by Jillian O'Connor, Chris Marino; revision by Julia Larson (2019)
The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.
Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Arts Building Room 1434
University of California
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-7130

Title: Berkeley Brandt papers
Identifier/Call Number: 0000114
Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 4.0 Linear feet (1 record storage box and 1 flat file folder)
Date (inclusive): circa 1900-circa 1931
Location note: Box 1/ADC - regular Box2/ADC - oversize** 1 Flat File Drawer/ADC - flat files
creator: Brandt, Berkeley


Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

Custodial History note

Gift of B.F. Armstrong, 1970.

Preferred Citation note

Berkeley Brandt papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

Biographical/Historical note

Berkeley Brandt was born in Illinois in 1874. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1895, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1900, and received his architect license in Illinois in 1902. Brandt was a practicing architect in the Chicago region from circa 1910 to circa 1920. In the late 1920s Berkeley Brandt and his family moved to Ventura, California, where he continued to practice architecture. He lived in Ojai in the mid-1930s and was a citrus grower, as well as town fire commissioner (he also designed the town fire house). Brandt died in 1944.

Scope and Content note

The Berkeley Brandt papers span 4 linear feet and date circa 1900 to circa 1931. The collection is composed of watercolor paintings (most of which are mounted on boards) of the interiors of residential homes, pencil drawings of the interior of St. Etinne Church, and architectural drawings and reprographic copies of both residential and commercial buildings designed by Brandt. The majority of watercolor paintings, architectural drawings, and reprographic copies are of residential homes located in the Midwest (primarily Chicago, IL). The collection also includes clippings from The Los Angeles Times as well as other architectural periodicals such as the American Architect and Building News.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Brandt, Berkeley
Architectural drawings
Architecture -- California
Reprographic copies
Watercolor paintings


Articles and Clippings I. 1902-1931

Physical Description: 1.0 Linear feet

Scope and Contents note

This series contains newspaper clippings from the Los Angeles Times, primarily from 1930-1931, and includes articles pertaining to building and designing small homes. It also contains two complete magazines on building and architecture.
Box 1

Los Angeles Times Rotogravure section 1931

Scope and Contents note

Newspaper clipping featuring Homes section
Box 1

Los Angeles Times A Page for Home Builders 1930-1931

Scope and Contents note

Clippings and full newspaper section for construction plans and articles. Homes by H. Roy Kelley, Garrett Van Pelt, Jr., Clifford Truesdell, Thornton Abell, D.R. Wilkinson, and John Byers.
Box 1

Los Angeles Times Annual Midwinter Number in five issues January 2, 1931

Scope and Contents note

Five part series from LA Times.
Box 1

American Architect and Building News magazine 1902

Box 1

Chateau de Pierefonds undated

Scope and Contents note

French architecture magazine.

Projects II. 1900- circa 1925?

Physical Description: 3.0 Linear feet

Scope and Contents note

This series contains drawings, blueprints, and watercolor renderings of buildings designed by Brandt in both Chicago, Illinois and the Ventura County area of California (specifically Ojai and Oxnard). Some of the projects only contain watercolor drawings, while other projects have both original drawings and ink on linen drawings. This series also includes Brandt's diploma from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and his architect's license from the state of Illinois.
Box 2, Folder 2

Henderson, L. library undated

Box 2, Folder 1

Johnson, Oscar boudoir (St. Louis, Mo.) undated

Box 2, Folder 3

Warden, T.G. living room fresco (Chicago, Ill.) undated

Box 2, Folder 4

Yale Towe Manufacturing Company sales office (Chicago, Ill.) undated

Scope and Contents note

2 boards; H.H. Stibolt, designer
Drawer 61, FlatFile 1

Brandt, Berkeley / Ecole Nationale et Speciale des Beaux-Arts architecture diploma 1900

Drawer 61, FlatFile 2

Brandt, Berkeley / State of Illinois architecture license 1902

Drawer 61, FlatFile 3

Brandt, B. & Blanchard, G. store building Chicago Ave. & Trumbull Ave. (Chicago, Ill.) undated

Drawer 61, FlatFile 4

Carson, Pirie, Scott Co. building alterations (Chicago, Ill.) undated

Scope and Contents note

Drawings include alterations to stairs, ladies waiting room, bookstore, and offices.
Drawer 61, FlatFile 5

Challacombe, G.E. house (Elmhurst, Ill.) 1912

Drawer 61, FlatFile 6

Mandalay Beach cottages? (Oxnard, Calif.) undated

Drawer 61, FlatFile 7

Masonic Hall and bungalow court (Ojai, Calif.) undated

Scope and Contents note

File includes drawings labeled Masonic Hall and for adjacent bungalow court.
Drawer 61, FlatFile 8

St. Etienne Church interior undated

Scope and Contents note

3 drawings of interior, in graphite and watercolor
Drawer 61, FlatFile 9

State building (Illinois?) undated

Scope and Contents note

Six drawings of floor plans, roof plans, exterior elevations, and drawing of the State Seal of Illinois, all mounted on boards and matted.
Drawer 61, FlatFile 10

Unidentified drawings undated