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Finding Aid for the Ayres & Fiege Architectural Drawings, 1939-1970 LSC.0115
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  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Scope and Content
  • Biography
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
  • Conditions Governing Access

  • Title: Ayres & Fiege architectural drawings
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.0115
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 242.0 map folders 1 box.
    Date (inclusive): 1939-1970
    Abstract: Ayres & Fiege was a prolific Los Angeles architectural firm founded in 1946 by Donald Ayres and Herbert F. Fiege. The collection consists of the firm's architectural drawings, plans, and specifications from school, church, commercial and residential projects.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance through our electronic paging system using the request button located on this page.
    Creator: Ayres & Fiege (Firm).

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 5184292 

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Educational facilities, 1947-1967 (21 map folders).
    2. Parochial buildings, 1951-1968 (30 map folders).
    3. Commercial buildings, 1945-1969 (26 map folders).
    4. Clubs, 1963 (2 map folders).
    5. Residential projects, 1939-1970 (163 map folders), subseries A-D as follows:
      1. Apartments, 1945-1970 (30 map folders).
      2. Private homes, 1939-1970 (73 map folders).
      3. Additions and renovations, 1939-1968 (30 map folders).
      4. Model and tract homes, 1947-1964 (30 folders).
    6. Bids and forms, ca. 1940-1960 (1 box).

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of original architectural drawings and specifications for approximately 700 projects designed by Ayres & Fiege. Additional materials include perspectives, sketches, duplicates of original drawings, bid records and standard materials forms.
    The collection documents the popularization of mainstream architectural modernism during California's postwar period. The residential series illustrates paticularly well the patterns and tastes that informed the urbanization of Los Angeles during the 1950s and 1960s.


    Donald Ayres (1904-) was born in Wilton Junction, Iowa and received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Illinois. He was a fellow of the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris in 1932, and a Carnegie scholar at Harvard University during the summers of 1935 and 1936. In 1946 he founded the architectural firm of Ayres & Fiege with his business partner, Herbert F. Fiege. The firm designed many buildings for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in addition to a large number of public and private schools, commercial buildings, and residential developments in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles metropolitan area. Their residential work included apartment complexes, private homes, additions and renovations to existing structures, and model and tract home designs for developers and private clients.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ayres & Fiege Architectural Drawings (Collection 115). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mrs. Donald Ayres, care of Sally Fuller, 1996.
    The archives of Ayres & Fiege were stored at Donald Ayres' home in Encino, California. Following his death, the drawings were donated by his widow, in the care of neighbor Sally Fuller, to the UCLA Art Library's Special Collections. Responsibility for the materials was transferred to the Young Research Library's Department of Special Collections in 2001, where they were later processed.

    Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

    Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance through our electronic paging system using the request button located on this page.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Ayres & Fiege (Firm)--Archives.
    Fiege, Herbert F.
    Architectural firms--California, Southern--Archives.
    Architecture--California--Los Angeles--Designs and plans.
    Architecture--California--San Fernando Valley--Designs and plans.