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  • Custodial History note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Claud W. Beelman architectural drawings
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000372
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 42.0 Linear feet 157 tubes of rolled drawings (15 flat file drawers)
    Date: circa 1923- circa 1960s
    Location note: Mosher flat files
    creator: Beelman, Claud W., 1884-1963
    creator: Brandow & Johnston.
    creator: Curlett & Beelman.
    creator: Curlett, Alexander E., 1880-1942

    Custodial History note

    Gift of Gregg Brandow, 2018.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Claud W. Beelman was born in Ohio in 1883 and attended architecture school at Harvard. After practicing on the east coast and in Ohio and Indiana, Beelman moved to Los Angeles in 1921. He formed a partnership with Aleck Curlett (Curlett & Beelman), which lasted until 1932. Beelman died in 1963.
    During the building boom of the 1920s, Curlett & Beelman designed many of the commercial buildings in downtown Los Angeles in both the Beaux Arts and Italian Renaissance styles. After the firm dissolved, Beelman designed buildings in the Art Deco and Moderne styles throughout the 1930s, and moved into designing Modern buildings after World War II. Many of Beelman's buildings are on the Mational Register of Historic Places, as well as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments.

    Scope and Contents note

    The Claud Beelman collection contains original drawings of mostly commercial buildings constructed in the Los Angeles area between the early 1920s and the early 1960s. Some projects consist of preliminary sketches, working drawings, and presentation drawings; some projects also include structural or mechanical plans as well. The drawings are mainly original graphite on tracing paper or ink on linen. There are a few blueprints and diazotypes.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

    Preferred Citation note

    Claud W. Beelman architectural drawings, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Curlett & Beelman records, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.
    Marcus P. Miller papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.