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Finding Aid for the Ayres & Fiege architectural drawings, 1939-1970
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ayres & Fiege architectural drawings,
    Date (inclusive): 1939-1970
    Collection number: 115
    Creator: Ayres & Fiege (Firm)
    Extent: 1 box 242 map folders
    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.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the 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.

    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 Charles E. Young Research Library's Department of Special Collections in 2001, where they were later processed.

    Preferred Citation

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

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 5184292 

    Processing History:

    Processed by Liron Elkan in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Laurel McPhee, 2005.


    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.

    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.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Educational facilities, 1947-1967 (Map folders 1-21).
    2. Parochial buildings, 1951-1968 (Map folders 22-51).
    3. Commercial buildings, 1945-1969 (Map folders 52-77).
    4. Clubs, 1963 (Map folders 78 and 79).
    5. Residential projects, 1939-1970 (Map folders 80-242), subseries A-D as follows:
      1. Apartments, 1945-1970 (Map folders 80-109).
      2. Private homes, 1939-1970 (Map folders 110-182).
      3. Additions and renovations, 1939-1968 (Map folders 183-212).
      4. Model and tract homes, 1947-1964 (Map folders 213-242).
    6. Bids and forms, ca. 1940-1960 (Box 243).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Ayres & Fiege (Firm)--Archives.
    Architectural firms--California, Southern--Archival resources.
    Ayres, Donald, 1904- .
    Fiege, Herbert F.
    Architecture--California--Los Angeles--Designs and plans.
    Architecture--California--San Fernando Valley--Designs and plans.