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Wallace Neff Photograph Collection: Finding Aid
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Description
This collection contains photographs, papers and published articles related to Los Angeles architect Wallace Neff (1895-1982) and his work designing residential and public buildings, primarily in Southern California, approximately 1913-1960s. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs of buildings, with some photographs of Neff's sketches, photographs of architectural drawings, portraits of Neff, and correspondence, patent drawings and other papers pertaining to airform construction.
Background
Los Angeles architect Wallace Neff (1895-1982) designed many residential and public buildings of note in Southern California from 1919 to 1975. Although best known for magnificent homes for famous clients such as King Vidor, Edward L. Doheny, Darryl Zanuck, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, and Amelita Galli-Curci, he also created and patented a mass-produced and inexpensive dwelling called the Bubble House. Neff was born in La Mirada, California, on January 28, 1895, though he spent much of his childhood in the residence of his grandfather Andrew McNally in Altadena, California. Neff married Louise Updegraff in 1924, and they had three children: Phyllis (born 1925), Wallace (born 1930), and Arthur (born 1932).
Extent
6 flat boxes
Restrictions
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
Availability
Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.