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Finding Aid for the Jack Allen Charney drawings, circa 1948 - circa 1989 0000316
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  • Title: Jack Allen Charney drawings
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000316
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 9.0 Linear feet circa 55 rolls of drawings
    Date (inclusive): 1948-circa 1965
    Location note: 52 flat file folders/Mosher - Drawer numbers D113-115
    creator: Charney, Jack A
    creator: Jack Allen Charney, Associates.
    creator: March, Alfred


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    Custodial History note

    Collection acquired by gift in 2012.

    Preferred Citation note

    Jack Allen Charney drawings, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara

    Biographical/Historical note

    Jack Allen Charney was born in New York on June 26, 1921. He was a licensed general contractor before opening his own architectural firm in Los Angeles, California in the early 1950s. While practicing as a contractor, Charney attended the Art Center School where he studied architecture under R. M. Schindler and Richard Neutra.
    Over the course of his architectural career his more notable projects included: Sierra Towers (West Hollywood, California), Diamond Heights Shopping Center (San Francisco, California), and Pacifica Hospital (Los Angeles, California). His practice consisted primarily of apartment buildings, commercial buildings, and some single family houses. Charney died in Los Angeles County in 1992.

    Scope and Content note

    The Jack Alen Charney drawings span 9 linear feet and date from circa 1948 to circa 1989, with the bulk dating from the 1950s and 1960s, though many of the projects are undated. The collection, a partial representation of Charney's design work, consists of architectural drawings for 52 projects, in the form of original drawings and some reprographic copies. The majority of the architectural drawings are of apartment complexes in the southern California region (Los Angeles, San Diego, and Long Beach) but the collection also includes architectural drawings of restaurants, commercial and office buildings, and single family houses. Some plans in the collection list Alfred March and Jack A. Charney as architects. The collection is not complete; many drawings, damaged by water and infestation, had to be discarded.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Charney, Jack A
    Architects -- California
    Architectural drawings
    Architecture -- California
    Reprographic copies