Walter T. Downing visual arts materials
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Walter T. Downing visual arts materials

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Downing, W. T., (Walter Thomas), 1865-1918
Title: Walter T. Downing visual arts materials
Dates: 1865-1899, undated
Quantity: 446.0 Items (119 lithographs; 91 collotypes; 197 photographic reproductions; 14 sketches and watercolors; 20 photographs; and 5 prints)
Identification: ahc.VIS200

Biographical/Historical Note

Walter T. Downing (1865-1918) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, with his mother in 1876. He worked as a draftsman for Hannibal I. Kimball from 1884-1885 and then as an apprentice at the architectural firm, L. B. Wheeler and Company. Downing formed the firm W. T. Downing, Architect, in 1890. He won the design award for the Fine Arts Building for the Cotton States and International Exposition of 1895. He was responsible for designing several of Atlanta's oldest extant churches including Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (1898), Trinity United Methodist Church (1911), and First Presbyterian Church (1919). Downing designed office buildings for the Fairlie Poplar district in Atlanta with architect Thomas Morgan. He also designed buildings at Oglethorpe University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Downing changed his focus to residences, and in 1897 he published Domestic Architecture. He is best known for his designs of private residences in Atlanta including the Wimbish House (1898); the Frank Ellis House (1910-1914); the John Grant House (1921); and the Dodson House (1915-1918). He died in 1918 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after being struck by an automobile.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains images created or collected by Walter T. Downing. These images include lithographs, collotypes, photographs, and photographic reproductions of architectural details and sculptures from books and serials. The books include Lacy's Dramatic Costumes and Die Tapezierkunst which contains reproduced sketches of tapestries and window decorations. Also included are images of architectural details including wall medallions, cornice pieces, and statues from Bauornamente Der Neuzeit. Additional images from the serial American Architect and Building News include reproductions of drawings, tapestries, and paintings including religious, historical, and decorative images and figures. The collection contains sketches and watercolors of interiors created by Downing as well as twenty photographs of unidentied interiors and exteriors. Other lithographs and collotypes include images taken out of unidentified art books covering topics in design such as clothing of foreign countries and costumes from stage plays.


Arrangement

Collection arranged alphabetically according to format.


Index Terms

Architecture--Details
Art--Periodicals
Bradley, Horace, 1862-1896
Collotype
Downing, W. T., (Walter Thomas), 1865-1918
Lithography--19th century
Wasmuth, Ernst, 1845-1897

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Walter T. Downing visual arts materials, VIS 200, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Nancy Downing, 1977 (1977.307)

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2011.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This collection is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.


Related Material

Walter T. Downing letter and travel article, MSS 689f, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.


Container List

 

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VIS 200.001VIS OS Box 63VIS 200.001 Chromolithographs, Die Tapezierkunst, Title page-Tafel 17, 1895 ( 12.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.002VIS OS Box 63VIS 200.002 Chromolithographs, Die Tapezierkunst, Tafel 20-Tafel 37, 1895 ( 10.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.003VIS OS Box 63VIS 200.003 Chromolithographs, Die Tapezierkunst, Tafel 38-Tafel 56, 1895 ( 10.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.004VIS OS Box 63VIS 200.004 Chromolithographs, Die Tapezierkunst, Tafel 57-Tafel 80, 1895 ( 10.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.005VIS 200.005VIS 200.005 Chromolithographs, Firmin Didot et Cie Paris, undated ( 26.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.006VIS OS Box 63VIS 200.006 Collotypes and ink photos, American Architect and Building News, 1886 October 9 - 1890 October 18 ( 12.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.007VIS OS Box 63VIS 200.007 Collotypes and ink photos, American Architect and Building News, 1890 December 6 - 1891 March 14 ( 10.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.008VIS OS Box 63VIS 200.008 Collotypes and ink photos, American Architect and Building News, 1891 July 11 -1892 October 1 ( 10.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.009VIS OS Box 63VIS 200.009 Collotypes and ink photos, American Architect and Building News, 1892 October 29 - 1894 June 30 ( 12.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.010VIS OS Box 63VIS 200.010 Collotypes and ink photos, American Architect and Building News, 1894 October 6 - 1898 October 8 ( 10.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.011VIS OS Box 63VIS 200.011 Collotypes, photo reproductions, and prints, From miscellaneous books and magazines, 1883-1899 ( 10.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.012VIS OS Box 63VIS 200.012 Collotypes, photo reproductions, and prints, From miscellaneous books and magazines, undated ( 14.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.013VIS 200.013VIS 200.013 Collotypes and chapters, Rococo-Figuren, 1892 ( 13.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.014VIS 200.014VIS 200.014 Lithographs, Hand-colored, Lacy’s Dramatic Costumes, 1865 ( 7.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.015VIS OS Box 63VIS 200.015 Photo-lithographs and ink photos, The Building News, 1882 January 6 - 1889 January 25 ( 10.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.016VIS OS Box 63VIS 200.016 Photo-lithographs and ink photos, The Building News, 1889 June 14 - 1890 December 5 ( 10.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.017VIS OS Box 63VIS 200.017 Photo-lithographs and ink photos, The Building News, 1891 January 2 - 1892 January 29 ( 10.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.018VIS OS Box 63VIS 200.018 Photo-lithographs and ink photos, The Building News, 1892 February 12 - 1894 January 594 ( 14.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.019VIS OS Box 63VIS 200.019 Photographic reproductions of architectural details, Bauornamente Der Neuzeit, 1884 ( 15.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.020VIS OS Box 63VIS 200.020 Photographic reproductions of heliotypes, Putti E Figura Decorativa, Tav. 1 - Tav. 11, undated ( 10.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.021VIS OS Box 63VIS 200.021 Photographic reproductions of heliotypes, Putti E Figura Decorativa, Tav. 12 - Tav. 32, undated ( 13.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.022VIS OS Box 63VIS 200.022 Photographic reproductions of heliotypes, Putti E Figura Decorativa, Tav. VI - Tav. XXVII, undated ( 11.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.023VIS OS Box 63VIS 200.023 Photographic reproductions of heliotypes, Putti E Figura Decorativa, Tav. XXXI - Tav. XL, undated ( 9.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.024VIS 200.024VIS 200.024 Photographs, interiors and exteriors, undated ( 20.0 Photographs )
 

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VIS 200.025VIS OS Box 69VIS 200.025 Prints, Chef D’Oeuvers D’Art, 1878 ( 5.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.026VIS OS Box 69VIS 200.026 Scrapbook, Architecture Photographs, undated ( 139.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.027VIS 200.027VIS 200.027 Sketches, Walter T. Downing, undated ( 11.0 Images )
 

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VIS 200.028VIS OS Box 63VIS 200.028 Watercolors, Walter T. Downing, undated ( 3.0 Images )