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Finding Aid for the John Elgin Woolf papers, circa 1941-circa 1980 0000197
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The John Elgin Woolf papers span 100 linear feet and date from circa 1929 to circa 1983. The collection contains architectural drawings and reprographic copies, receipts concerning design purchases, fabric swatches, correspondence with clients, newspaper and magazine clippings regarding projects, and black-and-white as well as color photographs documenting the exteriors and interiors of the office's designs.
John Elgin Woolf was born January 4, 1908 in Georgia. He received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1929. After completing school, Woolf moved to Los Angeles, California. In the 1940s Woolf met Robert Koch, an interior designer. The two became partners and together created homes-- designing buildings, interiors, and remodellings--for many wealthy and famous Los Angeles residents. Woolf's style has been called Hollywood Regency and his more notable projects include: the James B. Pendleton Residence; a remodeling of Case Study House 17, originally designed by Rodney Walker; as well as homes for celebrities such as Cary Grant, Judy Garland, Bob Hope, Katharine Hepburn, among others. John Elgin Woolf died on September 24, 1980.
100.0 Linear feet (25 1/2 record storage boxes, 2 card boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 3 rolls, and 20 flat file drawers)
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