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Findind Aid for the Anna Louise Murphy Vhay architectural drawings, circa 1919-circa 1955 0000190
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  • Custodial History note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Content note

  • Title: Anna Louise Murphy Vhay architectural drawings
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000190
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3.0 Linear feet (1 flat file drawer)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1919-circa 1955
    creator: Vhay, Anna Louise Murphy, 1881-1964


    Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Vhay, 1997.

    Preferred Citation note

    Anna Louise Murphy Vhay architectural drawings, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Anna Louise Murphy Vhay, artist and architect, was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 1, 1881. In 1919, she came with her husband John D. Vhay to Santa Barbara, where they purchased acreage off the 900 block of Garden Street. Their home Casa de Ramirez was one of Santa Barbara’s first adobe homes and was modified by Anna Vhay. In November of 1930, the Vhay’s began to develop and sell of parts of their property, over time the parcels of land were bought by artists and an artist colony formed around El Caserio Lane. In 1939, she published a book with her husband entitled Architectural Byways in New Spain: Photographs & Measured Drawings of Doorways, Windows, Fountains, Balconies, Etc. Anna Louise Murphy Vhay died in 1964.

    Scope and Content note

    The Anna Louise Murphy Vhay architectural drawings span 3 linear feet and date from circa 1919 to circa 1955. The collection contains blueprints of an unidentified residence and three presentation boards. Floor plans, descriptions, and black-and-white photographs are mounted on the presentation boards for three separate entries (which are undated) into House Beautiful architectural contests.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Vhay, Anna Louise Murphy, 1881-1964
    Presentation drawings (proposals)