Edward Durell Stone Collection

Finding aid prepared by Erin Chase.
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Edward Durell Stone Collection
Bulk dates: 1940s-1970s
Collection Number: archStone
Creator: Stone, Edward Durell, 1902-1978.
Extent: 6 flat boxes, 2 tube boxes, 5 document boxes
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Architecture Collections
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2191
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: Edward Durell Stone was an internationally known architect who was active from the 1920s through the 1960s. At the suggestion of Thomas D. Church, Arthur Hanisch, owner and president of the Stuart Pharmaceutical Company, hired Stone to design its new headquarters in Pasadena, California. The material in this collection depicts the Stuart building from concept to completion primarily through photographs, drawings and published articles. Ludwig Lauerhass, Jr., the vice president of Stuart at the time, collected publicity related to Stone and the Stuart building. In addition, there are sketches and plans for Lauerhass' personal residence in Altadena which was never built.
Language of Material: The records are in English.

Administrative Information


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edward Durell Stone Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ludwig Lauerhass, Jr., 1984.

Related Materials in the Huntington Library

This collection contains photographs by Maynard Parker of E. D. Stone's commercial and residential work.

Scope and Content

The Edward Durell Stone Collection consists primarily of photographs, drawings, correspondence and publicity related to the Stuart Pharmaceutical Building in Pasadena. The Stuart Company was designed by Stone and the gardens were designed by Thomas D. Church and Associates. Construction began on the building in 1956. The collection was amassed by the vice president of Stuart, Ludwig Lauerhass, Jr. Much of the material was collected by Lauerhass in conjunction with the building of Stuart and the subsequent publicity the building and its architect received after completion.
It should be noted that, other than the photographs and some of the correspondence, there is very little in the way of original documentation for the Stuart building. Most of the drawings are blueprint copies and they do not comprise a complete set. Please consult the Curator for further details.

Indexing Terms

Personal Names

Stone, Edward Durell.
Church, Thomas Dolliver.


Architects – California.
Architecture -- California -- Los Angeles.
Architecture -- Designs and plans.
Landscape Architects -- California -- Los Angeles.
Landscape Architecture -- California -- Los Angeles.

Document Types

Architectural drawings.
Black-and-white photographs.
Presentation Albums.
Tear Sheets.

Series Description



Physical Description: 7 flat boxes, 1 tube box

A. Photographs

Box 1 (1-137)

Construction photographs of Stuart Pharmaceutical building, ca. 1956

[By unknown photographer.]
Box 2 (138-325)

Photographs of finished building, grounds and employees.

[Photographer: Marvin Rand.]
Box 3 (326-390), Folders 1-6

Photographs of drawings, buildings, grounds, aerial views of property, employees, employee activities, and Lanz of California fashion shoot.

[Photographers: Julius Shulman, J. Allen Hawkins, Nolan D. Patterson, and Howard French.]
Box 3, Folder 1

Architectural redenderings (326-328)

Box 3, Folder 2

Buildings and grounds, and employees and unidentified (329-342)

Box 3, Folder 3

Julius Shulman, Photographer (343-352)

Box 3, Folder 4

J. Allen Hawkins, Photographer (353-376)

Box 3, Folder 5

Lanz of California Fashion Shoot (377-384)

Box 3, Folder 6

Stuart Pharmaceutical Building (385-390)


B. Presentation Books

Box 4 (Vols. 1-3)

Promotional albums for the Stuart Company, undated.

[Photographers: Clarence L. Hedman, Rob Gage, and Carl Joe Tyner.]
Box 5

C. Business Records

Box 5, Folder 1

Correspondence: A-G, 1956-1962

Box 5, Folder 2

Correspondence: H-L, 1956-1962

Box 5, Folder 3

Correspondence: M-Z, 1956-1962

Box 5, Folder 4

Correspondence between E. D. Stone and Ludwig Lauerhass.

Box 5, Folder 5

Stuart Building: clippings and publicity.

Box 5, Folder 6

Stuart Company: publications.

Box 5, Folder 7

Stuart Building: original building proposal by Henry L. Eggers and Walter W. Wilkman; Stuart building tours booklet; Stuart building specifications by E. D. Stone

Box 5, Folder 8

General pharmaceutical industry.

Box 5, Folder 9

McCoy, Esther, "Five California Architects," 1960.

Inscribed "To Lud- Remembering our 'architectural journeys' thro [sic] California," Maria, Ed"

D. Publications

Scope and Content Note

Publications with articles mostly about the Stuart Building, ca. 1955-71, as well as articles about E. D. Stone and projects unrelated to Stuart.
Box 6

Publications, 1955-1958

Box 7

Publications, 1958-1959

Box 8

Publications, 1959

Box 9

Publications, 1959-1971


E. Drawings

Box 12

Miscellaneous plans for Stuart Pharmaceutical building and grounds, ca. 1956-57, by E. D. Stone and Thomas Church; Topographical map of "A Portion of Lot 32, Oak Knoll" for Arthur Hanisch, Pasadena; Portion of Rancho Santa Anita , County of Los Angeles, CA. Surveyed Jan. 20, 1955 for the Stuart Company.



Physical Description: 3 flat boxes

A. Printed Materials

Box 10

Clippings and tear sheets about E. D. Stone and his work,1957-1973.


B. Presentation Books

Box 11 (Vols. 4-8)

Presentation books with tear sheets and copies of articles about E. D. Stone's residential and commercial work, ca. 1940s-1960s.

Vols. 4-5 are duplicates. Both contain expanded versions of Stone's resume at the front.

C. Photographs

Box 3 , Folder 7

Photographs (391-395)


Construction photographs of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel, CA. (391-395)


Photographs of model for National Cultural Center, Washington, D.C. (396-398)


Portrait of Edward Durell Stone, undated. (399)

Inscribed "To my friend Lud with affection, Ed"


Physical Description: 1 tube box

A. Drawings

Box 13

Rolled plans and sketches for proposed residence at 2249 E. Crescent Drive, Altadena for Ludwig Lauerhass.

Includes plans by E. D. Stone, Thomas Church, Thom Jones, architect, and Arthur Kelly and Joseph R. Kelly, architects. Residence never built.