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Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library

William L. Bottomley architectural drawings, 1913-1946. 

Creator: 
Bottomley, William Lawrence, 1883-1951.
Phys. Desc: 
384 sheets: various media
Location: 
Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library
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Biographical Note

William Lawrence Bottomley, 1883-1951, received his B.A. degree in architecture from Columbia University in 1906. He is best known for his residential work, both private residences and apartment buildings, in the metropolitan New York area and in several Mid-Atlantic States. His best known project is the River House apartment building, 435 East 52nd Street in New York City, from 1930-1931.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains original drawings for thirty-nine architectural commissions, dated from 1913 to 1946. The majority of projects were located in New York City; other locations include the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. Projects with the greatest number of extant drawings include River House in New York City (1930-1931); the Ernest P. Davies residence in Roslyn, New York (1916); the William Goadby Loew residence in Old Westbury, New York (1931-1932); and the Robert Goelet residence in Georgetown, South Carolina (1935). Drawings are primarily done in graphite on tracing paper, with some in ink on drafting linen.