Guide to the Herman Brookman architecture files
circa 1923-1940s

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Brookman, Herman, 1891-1973
Title: Herman Brookman architecture files
Dates: circa 1923-1940s ( inclusive )
Quantity: 17.0 linear feet (25 containers, 117 oversize folders)
Collection Number: Ax 330
Summary: Collection comprises architecture files of architect Herman Brookman, including drawings, specifications, correspondence, and photographs concerning 23 projects in Oregon. The photographs include images of design and architectural and decorative details, by professional photographers, of residences and several other structures designed by Brookman.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

American architect Herman Brookman (1891-1973) practiced in the Pacific Northwest from 1923 through the 1960s. He specialized in residential architecture and designed the M. Lloyd Frank estate, now Lewis and Clark College, as well as the Temple Beth Israel and the Memorial Temple House in the Portland, Oregon area.

Content Description

Herman Brookman presented the University of Oregon Libraries with his entire professional files and library in the fall of 1967. He gave 116 sets of working drawings for residences and buildings as well as complete specifications, correspondence, and photographic files concerning 62 jobs.

Perhaps Mr. Brookman's most important contributions in addition to the outstanding quality of residential design are the M. Lloyd Frank estate (now Lewis and Clark College) and the Temple Beth Israel and the Memorial Temple House.

Mr. Brookman was born in 1891 and worked in New York City with Allbro and Lindeberg, 1909-1915. From 1915-1923 he practiced with Harrie T. Lindeberg in New York City and moved to Portland to build the residence of M. Lloyd Frank in 1923. He has practiced in the Northwest from 1923 to 1967.

Included with the inventory of the drawings and specifications is a list of volumes received in 1967. The University has received a number of significant books and professional journals in earlier years from Mr. Brookman.

This photographs in the collection include a series of 11 portfolios compiled by the architect, including documentation of the Temple, Fir Acres and Menucha; additional images of the Temple, Fir Acres and Menucha; miscellaneous images of other buildings; and a selection of negatives. Professional photographic firms in Portland took most of the images. In additional to floor plans and elevations, many of the images document ornamental details and landscaping, showing the structure as a part of its environment. Some images document metalwork by the noted designer Oscar Bach (1884-1957).

  • *Portfolio 1: Arnsberg-Eliot
  • *Portfolio 2: Feldman-Goodman
  • *Portfolio 3: Greene-Joyce
  • *Portfolio 4: Kern-Models
  • *Portfolio 5: Nutting-Powers
  • *Portfolio 6: Rosenfield and Scott
  • *Portfolio 7: Selling-Smith
  • *Portfolio 8: Temple Beth Israel-Wheeler
  • *Portfolios 10-12: Frank Estate "Fir Acres"
  • *Box 12: Frank Estate "Fir Acres"
  • *Box 13: Meier Estate "Menucha"
  • *Box 14: Misc. Structures
  • *Box 15: Misc. prints and Negatives
  • *Box 16 (Oversized): Assorted matted images including residences and primary structures

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

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If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Herman Brookman architecture files, Ax 330, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by processing staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Additional Reference Guides :  

Paper finding aid with additional information available in Special Collections & University Archives.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Project files
Description
Folio No. 69: Abrams, Stanton S. House
Folio No. 73: Adams, R.R. Alteration
Folio No. 81: Apartments, proposed studio
Folio No. 81: Apartment dwellings, proposed new ideas of
Apothecary shop. See addendum
Folio No. 57: Arnsberg, Asa. House. Portland, Oregon.
Asher, W. S. See addendum
Folio No. 78: Babler, Lloyd. House. Portland, Oregon
Folio No.: Bach, Oscar B. See addendum
Folio No. 63: Barcroft. House. Waldport, Oregon
Folio No. 65: Baruh, L.H. Residence. Portland, Heights, Oregon
Folio No. 72: Battle Hill Club House. White Plains, N.Y.
Battleship "Oregon" Monument. See addendum
Folio No. 26: Berg, Dr. Richard F. Residential alterations. Portland, Oregon
Bell, Johnnie. See addendum
Folio No. 46: Biggs, Harry E. House. Portland, Oregon
Folio No. 16: Bilyeu, Josephine. Residential alterations. Portland, Oregon
Folio No. 74: B'nai B'rith Camp
Folio No. 19: Brille. Alteration of house. Portland, Oregon
Brookman, Sophie. See addendum
Folio No. 63: Brookman bookcases. Sectional open bookcases. See also addendum
Bruce, W.R. See addendum
Folio No. 72: Burger, John. House. Battle Hill, White Plains, N.Y.
Folio No. 73: Cake, Ralph. Residence alteration. Portland, Oregon
Cole, Richard. See addendum
Folio No. 16: Colton, Dr. J.J. Proposed residence. Portland, Oregon
Coan, Burton. See addendum
Folio No. 75: Combs, W. Biddle. House. Portland, Oregon
Folio No. 19: Council of Jewish Women. Neighborhood House alteration. Portland, Oregon
Folio No. 16: Crisp and von Schmidt. House. Portland, Oregon
Folio No. 16: Crites, O.E. Alteration, House. Oswego, Oregon
Dickson, William S. See addendum
Folio No. 75: Dierking, Fred. House. Portland, Oregon

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Photographs (PH114) Container Summary
Container(s)
Description
Box
1-8 Albums 1-12
13 Prints
14 Negatives, small: Meier & Frank estates
15 Negatives, small: Other
16 Prints, small
17 Prints, medium
18 Prints, large
19-20 Mounted prints
20 Oversize prints

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Photographs (PH114) Item List, circa 1923-1940s
12.0 linear feet
Brookman, Herman, 1891-1973
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
1 PH114_01_01: Asa I. Arnsberg [2 copies front elevation]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_01_02: Lloyd Babler [3 exteriors]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_01_03: Leo Baruh [6 exteriors]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_01_04: Harry E. Biggs [3 copies of floor plan]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_01_05: J.J. Colton [4 copies of floor plan and elevations]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_01_06: Congress Hotel [14 interiors]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_01_07: Eastmoreland. Homes including that of HB [13 interiors and exteriors and clippings]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_01_08: Lee S. Elliot [24 interiors and exteriors and clippings]
1.0 mixed
1933
2 PH114_02_01: Henry Feldman [16 images and clippings]
1.0 mixed
1942
PH114_02_02: Ben Freedman [15 images]
1.0 mixed
1947
PH114_02_03: Gilchrist Town Development [Aerial plan, 6 house designs, and 5 images of shopping center for company town of Gilchrist.]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_02_04: Hughes Franklin Theatre in Glendale [2 elevations, negative, and photo receipt]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_02_05: Alan Goldsmith [36 images, some color]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_02_06: Dr. Morton Goodman [17 images, some dupes]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
3 PH114_03_01: Harry Greene [28 images, some dupes]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_03_02: R.W. Hausler Alteration [3 copies front elevation]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_03_03: Jewish Home for the Aged [6 elevations and a floor plan]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_03_04: Kate Jameson 9 (From missing bk 9) [15 images]
1.0 mixed
1945
PH114_03_05: Victor H. Jorgensen [4 exteriors, 3 are dupes]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_03_06: Dr. Thomas Joyce [9 images]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
4 PH114_04_01: Grace Kern [4 color exteriors]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_04_02: Lawyers Bldg Drs Clinic [2 exteriors]
1.0 mixed
1946
PH114_04_03: Robert P. Lewis [1 exterior]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_04_04: J. McHolland [5 exteriors]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_04_05: Joseph McKeown [8 exteriors]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_04_06: Frank Meier [6 images of cabin]
1.0 mixed
1927
PH114_04_07: Julius Meier [45 images and 4 negatives]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_04_08: Edward Miller [6 exteriors, some dupes]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_04_09: Models + Misc. Including pics of Europe [26 images, clippings, 2 plan/elevations, 14 images from Italy and Paris]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
5 PH114_05_01: Haven C. Nutting [2 copies plan/elevation]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_05_02: OSU Chemical Engineering Bldg [11 images, some dupes]
1.0 mixed
1956
PH114_05_03: OSU Computer Center [2 exteriors]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_05_04: Dr. Darwin Palmer [2 exteriors]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_05_05: John L. Phillips [2 copies plan/elevation]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_05_06: Gilbert Powers [5 images; portfolio w/12 images]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
6 PH114_06_01: Ben Rosenfield [13 images; 6 images on boards]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_06_02: W.R. Scott [26 images and Brookman stationery envelope]
1.0 mixed
1940
7 PH114_07_01: Dr. Lawrence Selling [13 exterior and interior views]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_07_02: Fred Sheaver House [2 exteriors]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_07_03: Sketches of Homes + Studies 2 (photos of) [28 images of sketches, some dupes, including Tennent and Shemanski houses.]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_07_04: Franklin S. Smith [6 plans and elevations]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
8 PH114_08_01: Temple Beth Israel Proposed Mausoleum [Floor plan]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_08_02: Temple Beth Israel Memorial Temple House [8 exterior photos and elevations]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_08_03: Temple Beth Israel [24 interior details]
1.0 mixed
1926
PH114_08_04: Malcolm Tennent [2 copies front elevation]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_08_05: Frohman Wax [6 images, 4 dupes, of plan and elevation in Westover Terrace]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_08_06: Joseph Wheeler [5 exteriors]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
10 PH114_10_01: Lloyd Frank Estate "Fir Acres" (Lewis & Clark campus) [13 photos and an elevation]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_10_02: Lloyd Frank Estate "Fir Acres" (Lewis & Clark campus) [9 photos of garden]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_10_03: Lloyd Frank Interiors "Fir Acres" (Lewis & Clark campus) [8 photos of landscaping and exterior]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_10_04: M. Lloyd Frank Exteriors "Fir Acres" (Lewis & Clark campus) [21 exterior images and clippings]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
11 PH114_11_01: M. Lloyd Frank Interiors "Fir Acres" (Lewis & Clark campus) [20 furnished interiors]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_11_02: Lloyd Frank "Fir Acres" (Lewis & Clark campus) [14 exterior photos and clipping]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_11_03: M. Lloyd Frank 3 "Fir Acres" (Lewis & Clark campus) [9 exterior photos]
1.0 mixed
1924-1925
PH114_11_04: Lloyd Frank Estate "Fir Acres" (Lewis & Clark campus) [12 photos, mostly exterior, and estate plan]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_11_05: Lloyd Frank Estate "Fir Acres" (Lewis & Clark campus) [7 photos, mostly exterior]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
12 PH114_12_01: Lloyd Frank House? Interiors "Fir Acres" (Lewis & Clark campus) [5 images]
1.0 mixed
1926
PH114_12_02: Lloyd Frank?Gardens and Farm Bldgs [13 images, Books 11-12-13]
1.0 mixed
not yet assigned
PH114_12_03: Lloyd Frank Estate "Fir Acres" (Lewis & Clark campus) [36 images, Books 11-12-13 Dec Book No 8]
1.0 mixed
1923-1927

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Bach, Oscar Bruno, 1884-1957
  • Brookman, Herman, 1891-1973
  • Brookman, Herman, 1891-1973--Correspondence
  • Subject Terms :
  • Architects--Northwest, Pacific
  • Architectural metal-work--Oregon--Photographs
  • Architecture, Domestic--Oregon--Designs and plans
  • Architecture, Domestic--Oregon--Photographs
  • Decoration and ornament, Architectural--Oregon--Photographs
  • Landscape architecture--Oregon--Photographs
  • Temples--Oregon--Portland--Photographs
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Architectural drawings
    • Architectural records
    • Portfolios--Oregon--1923-1949

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