Series 14: Architectural records, 1856-2006, inclusive
Scope and Contents
The series documents various alterations, renovations, and new construction at Packer, dating from circa 1880s to 2006. It includes plans, specifications, blueprints, correspondence, and related files.
School floor plans dating from circa 1860 are located in a bound volume labeled "Compositions," which is included in Sub-series 8.1: Student publications (box 497).
The series is organized into two sub-series:
Sub-series 14.1: Architectural drawings, plans, and administrative records
Sub-series 14.2: Playground design
Sub-series 14.1: Architectural drawings, plans, and administrative records, 1856-2006, inclusive
Scope and Contents
The sub-series contains architectural drawings, blueprints, floor plans, and projected renderings, dating from circa 1880s-2006.
It includes materials prepared by the Chapman, Evans, and Delehanty firm that document the extensive alterations and additions made to the Packer Collegiate Institute in 1957 and 1958. The various renderings and blueprints provide detailed information on Chapman's alterations. Large-scale floor plans of the entire campus are filed, as well as specific treatments of such areas as the dining room, gymnasium, sundeck, library, and greenroom.
The sub-series also includes drawings and blueprints created by various firms as proposals for the installation of the institute's steam heating system circa 1882. It is unclear which, if any of the firms, actually won the contract. Dated the same year is a correspondence from Otis Brothers & Company regarding the installation of an electric elevator. The company provided Packer with a blueprint for this elevator on June 5, 1891. The series also contains architectural blueprints and watercolors from 1944.
The plan books and specifications document a variety of alterations, building additions, and demolitions undertaken at Packer from the 1880s to the 1950s. The materials in the series affords researchers a vantage from which to better understand the architectural evolution of the campus at 170 Joralemon Street. Of special interest are: Architect William Tubby's specifications and instructions for the major alterations performed before World War I; James Gamble Rogers' materials and plans for the building's subsequent overhaul in 1940; the promotional materials describing proposed additions to mark Packer's centennial celebration in 1945; and intensive specifications describing the large-scale alterations performed in 1957 by Champan, Evans, and Delehanty.
Illustration of Packer Collegiate Institute building by J. Wells, 1856, inclusive
Architectural photos / illustrations, circa 1880s-1890s, inclusive
H.B. Smith Company steam heating catalogs, circa 1881, inclusive
Plans for heating (Gold's Heater Manufacturing), 1882, inclusive
Steam heating proposal (Baker, Smith & Co.), 1882, inclusive
Specifications for steam heating (Baker, Smith & Co.), circa 1882, inclusive
Specifications for ventilation of Packer, 1882, inclusive
Correspondence and specifications for heating and ventilating (Bates & Johnson), 1882, inclusive
Basement plan (Bates & Johnson), circa 1882, inclusive
For steam heating
Specifications and proposal for heating and ventilation (Gold's Heater Manufacturing), 1882, inclusive
Specifications for steam heating (Garvey Brothers), 1882, inclusive
Specifications for ventilation, circa 1882, inclusive
Minutes of Special Committee to consider plans for new chapel, 1884, inclusive
N. LeBrun and Sons correspondence and specification for chapel stairways, 1888, inclusive
Otis Brothers & Co. elevator correspondence, 1891, inclusive
With Truman Backus
Schematic of Electric Passenger Elevator by Otis Brothers and Co. (blueprint), 1891, inclusive
Annex plans - Roof and traverse sections (N. LeBrun & Sons), circa 1906, inclusive
Basement plan blueprint by Tubby, circa 1909, inclusive
Specification Book for Packer Institute, William Tubby, Architect, 1909, inclusive
Garden renovations, 1914, 1918, inclusive
Plan of new covered play space (Lord and Hewlett), circa 1940s, inclusive
Specification for alteration of Packer Collegiate Institute, Jos.Gamble Rogers, Inc., Architects, 1940, inclusive
Basement floor plan and proposed cafeteria (Chapman and Evans), 1944, inclusive
Handcolored chapel drawings (Chapman and Evans), 1944, inclusive
Chapman and Evans - Blueprints and photostats of architectural renderings and sketches, 1944, inclusive
13 rolled items
Katherine Sloan Pratt Hall plans (Chapman and Evans), 1958, inclusive
Packer Centennial Book of Plans, 1945, inclusive
Architectural drawing correspondence, 1945, inclusive
Letter to Packer librarian from Robert Harley offering to sell pencil drawing of Packer architect John McComb
Correspondence on Painting, 1946, inclusive
Copy of first floor plan, circa 1950s-1970s, inclusive
Specification for Packer Collegiate Institute (Chapman, Evans and Delehanty), 1957, inclusive
Large-scale floorplans by Chapman, Otis, 1957, inclusive
Illustration of Packer Collegiate Institute building, circa 1960s, inclusive
Theater renovation survey and plans, 1991-1998, inclusive
Lower School space planning study, 1993, inclusive
Packer: A Campus Redefined presentation by HHPA LLC, 2001, inclusive
Campus map, 2004, inclusive
Alumni Room restoration projects, 2004-2006, inclusive
Sub-series 14.2: Playground design, 1982, 1989-1995, inclusive
Scope and Contents
The sub-series consists offiles relating to construction of a playground at Packer Institute. It includes architectural drawings, equipment pricelists, public relations memos, Children's Committee files, and children's drawings of the playground.